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New research released this week by Go Ultra Low, a join initiative by the government and the UK automotive industry revealed that around 11.5 million motorists could benefit from the lowest cost, tax-free motoring if they were to switch to pure electric vehicles.
In a typical year, more than one third of motorists who took part in the survey admitted they do not drive more than 80 miles in a single trip. This means they could be investing in other ultra-low emissions vehicles (ULEVs) capable of travelling between 150 and 700 miles between charges.
Research from Go Ultra Low revealed that 70 per cent of car owners intended to change their car in the next 4 years, while almost one third said they have considered purchasing a ULEV.
The survey also revealed that a lot of motorists do not fully understand how electric vehicles (EVs) work and have been taken in by the many myths surrounding EVs, from range and charging to cost and practicality.
Motoring journalist Quentin Willson said: “Ultra low emission vehicles make so much sense, they are cheap to run, hugely practical and now almost every major manufacturer has something to offer.
“The Go Ultra Low research shows that a host of misconceptions are hampering consumer uptake, and more needs to be done to educate people about the numerous benefits of these vehicles.”
The survey went on to reveal one quarter of motorists misunderstand the range capabilities of ULEVs, with 16 per cent believing electric vehicles were unable to travel 50 miles without recharging. Pure electric vehicles are actually capable of travelling up to 100 miles on a single charge with other plug-ins offering a much higher range of up to 700 miles.
Further findings from the survey revealed that 50 per cent of drivers were unaware of the speed at which the batteries in ULEVs could be charged – they can refuel in around 30 minutes using rapid-charging facilities. Although motorists were well informed about charging methods of EVs, with 90 per cent aware they could be recharged at home and via on-street charging points.
Neil Addley, managing director for Trusted Dealers said: ‘Although sales of electric cars and hybrids remain low, they are increasing at a steady rate and represent great value for city motorists in terms of running costs. Tax incentives can help in general affordability but it’s more volume that’s required to really drive down prices.’
Go Ultra Low is a campaign to help motorists understand the benefits, cost savings and capabilities of the raft of new ultra-low emission vehicles on the market.
The collaborative campaign is the first of its kind, bringing together the Department for Transport, the Office for Low Emission Vehicles, SMMT and a consortium of leading car manufacturers: Audi, BMW, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Renault, Toyota, and Volkswagen.