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Could electric vehicles help dealers prosper?Back

The used car market continues to thrive in a difficult financial climate as people recognise the benefits of purchasing used cars which still tick all the right boxes when it comes to performance and running costs.

In fact, at AM’s Used Car Market Conference held last week, motoring expert Quentin Wilson highlighted a possible niche in the used car market in terms of retailing electric vehicles (EVs) and what they can offer to potential car buyers.

Now that EVs have been around for some time, they are taking up a larger presence on the used car forecourt and Wilson suggested that consumers will, in time, have the opportunity to purchase some of the latest electric cars on the market at exceptional prices.

Wilson went on to say that some of the best electric cars such as the new Nissan Leaf and the Vauxhall Ampera, in as little as 12 months could depreciate enough in value to offer potential buyers a great deal, and furthermore that dealers willing to take the risk of buying used electric vehicle stock, could potentially corner the market.

However, not everyone was in agreement with Wilson’s comments, with CAP’s chief editor Christopher Crow being quite sceptical about the future growth of electric vehicles. He felt that the popularity of hybrid cars has grown from the celebrity culture, but he doesn’t believe that the same will become true of electric cars.

Certainly, there is a lot of work that still needs to be done to improve the popularity of electric vehicles. At present, the government is working on improving the amount of electric vehicle charging points which are in place across the country. With electric vehicles only capable of travelling shorter distances of up to approximately 100 miles maximum in between charges, it is essential that these measures are put in place to provide potential buyers with added peace of mind.

A recent survey of 1,000 people found that out of those planning to purchase a new car in the near future, 58 per cent would consider switching to an electric vehicle, with the figure increasing to 81 per cent for those living in London. The poll, conducted by Chargemaster, an electric vehicle charging unit supplier also claimed that people aged between 25 to 34 were the most likely to make the switch with 77 per cent saying they would consider giving up a traditional petrol or diesel car in favour of an EV.

These results are a positive step towards the future of EVs, although with 13 electric models already present in the used car market and failing to sell well, there is perhaps a long way still to go.

Posted by Leana Kell on 15/10/2012