Electric cars have divided the UK public for many years now. Some motorists made the switch a long time ago and are advocates for eco-friendly driving, yet there has always been a large percentage who do not want to or are not ready to make the change. It seems that this could all be about to change as the UK prepares for a green revolution on the roads.
The public seemed to be becoming increasingly eco-conscious over the last few years and it is easy to see why with so many reports of air pollution and climate change in the news. Earlier this year, the Government laid down a marker by stating that they plan to ban the sale of all petrol and diesel automobiles by 2040.
Whilst some have stated that this is unrealistic, it seems that many have embraced this change and already made the switch. In fact, the sale of all-electric cars is up a staggering 37% in 2017 whilst new cars sales have plummeted. This goes to show that public perception seems to be changing and people are already preparing for the future.
Another reason that the sale of electric and hybrids continues to rise is the fact that the Government have made incentives to buy, with motorists able to claim up to £4,500 off a new all-electric car. In the current economic climate, and with the ban looming, it is easy to see why so many motorists are taking advantage of this and making the switch.
One reason that many motorists have hesitated in recent times to go green is that they believe that electric and hybrid automobiles are inferior to petrol and diesel. Whilst there was not much variety before, practically every manufacturer has at least one electric and hybrid car in their range and many of these have been universally praised by critics. Manufacturers are aware of the ban and are now focusing primarily on new technologies and developing even better eco-friendly cars. This will be key in swaying the remaining members of the public who remain unsure.
A recent survey from OVO Energy showed that a lack of charging points was the primary reason. However, the same survey revealed that most Brits vastly underestimated how many there are in the UK (13,629 across 4,760 places) and the Government continues to expand this.
It seems that the public is becoming increasingly more accepting of the green car revolution and many have already made the switch. With the Government pressing the issue and creating incentives to buy, and manufactures focusing on electric and hybrid cars, the rest should follow suit soon.