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Testing Brits’ EV KnowledgeBack

Do you know enough about electric cars to consider buying one? At present, a recent survey suggests Brits underestimate the benefits of switching to a pure electric car, in fact, 42 per cent of people didn’t realise you can put an electric vehicle through a car wash!

New research published by Go Ultra Low has revealed that there is a huge amount of misunderstanding within the British public when it comes to pure electric cars, with many unaware of the benefits around performance, charging and cost.

One of the biggest areas of confusion is whether you can put an electric car through a car wash. While this is no issue – just as with a petrol or diesel car – 42% of Brits admitted they weren’t sure if this was an option for pure electric car owners.

An even more shocking statistic revealed that more than half of Brits (52%) feel they wouldn’t be able to describe what a pure electric car was to someone else.

Underestimating performance was another grey area with nearly half (47%) of participants thinking a petrol or diesel car accelerated quicker than a pure electric car, even though in many cases it is the other way around.

Cost is another area where people undervalued the potential of electric vehicles. One in four Brits thoughts that over the lifetime of the car, maintenance costs would be higher for pure electric cars than for petrol or diesel, when in fact a pure electric can cost around 70% less to maintain.

Brits also believe it’s significantly more expensive to charge an electric vehicle than it actually is. On average, people think it costs £21.54 to fully charge a pure electric car, even though charging at home could cost as little as £3.643.

Brits also underestimated the number of models currently available on the market to buy, the average person thought there were only 9 models available whereas the correct figure is almost double at 17. Furthermore, 42% of Brits think there are fewer than 15,000 pure electric cars on UK roads as opposed to the actual number which is must higher at nearly 40,000.

Charging was another area of confusion with many people not realising how many charge points there were throughout the UK. On average, people thought there were around 6,000 as opposed to the 17,000 that currently exist. In addition, more than a quarter of Brits didn’t realise you can charge an electric car through a charge point installed at home.

Poppy Welch, Head of Go Ultra Low, said: “The research shows that there is much confusion and misunderstanding with the British public when it comes to pure electric cars. Over half of those surveyed don’t feel confident describing a pure electric car to another person and many aren’t aware of the many benefits electric cars can bring. Pure electric car drivers benefit from lower running costs, convenient charging and high-performance driving, all while producing no tailpipe emissions and helping to improve local air quality. Dispelling these misconceptions and highlighting these perks is therefore vital if we are to see more motorists make the switch to electric motoring.”

Top 5 myths about electric vehicles busted:

  1. Myth: Pure electric cars are slow. Fact: Electric cars are quicker off the mark!
  2. Myth: They’re too expensive. Fact: Actually, an electric car could save you money.
  3. Myth: There aren’t enough public charge points. Fact: Not true! There are plenty of places to charge your electric car.
  4. Myth: There are only a few of models to choose from. Fact: Not anymore! There’s now an electric car for everyone.
  5. Myth: Pure electric cars are a technology for the future! Fact: Here in the UK, the switch to electric has already begun

Posted by Leana Kell on 04/07/2018