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What Does the Future Hold For Electric Vehicles?

The growth of electric vehicle purchases is still occurring, as stated in June 2019 by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, with roughly a 62% increase annually. Although the numbers look positive, is this proof that the future is all electric? Or will the roadblocks in the industry halt this movement?

The vehicle market as a whole however has had a surge of electricity running through it in the last 10 years, with new hybrid models and all-electric vehicles being introduced each year. The all-electric vehicles have become an acceptable choice for an everyday vehicle after developments in performance and battery life. Now, they outperform some petrol and diesel-based vehicles.

Hybrid and electric varieties have increased in popularity. In fact, Motoring Research announced their registration count grew 95% from 2016 and 2018.

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Going electric for car replacements

YouGov conducted a poll in which only 4% of those who responded said that they would be very likely to get an electric car to replace their current one. The responses were rather disappointing in terms of the electric car growth, with 22% and 25% saying it was unlikely and not likely at all respectively. From those who said they would consider purchasing an electric vehicle, the majority were based in the south of the UK. However, other surveys have found that Brits are actually becoming more eco-conscious. Nearly 60% of respondents to a survey by OnePoll stated they’d consider one of these vehicles, such as the Mercedes EQC, to help cut down emission levels.

Although this isn’t very promising, ministers have said that the majority of new cars will need to be electric by 2030. And with motorists on average keeping a vehicle for six years, this suggests there is plenty of time for electric vehicles to become a more desirable product, rather than often just a moral choice. The government wants 60% of new vehicles manufactured to be electric by 2030, so convincing British motorists there are more favourable option to the standard diesel and petrol is essential.

The next car after their next car?

With a longer timeframe than just the next few years, the responses are more positive with a total of 38% stating they are somewhat likely or better to get an electric vehicle. This is evident that people agree they are an improving concept and their existence and development is necessary.

The support for electric vehicles is correlating with the decreasing prices to purchase an electric vehicle which has made them more accessible. With fewer parts to break, the maintenance prices are reduced. They are made a little more popular to the less mechanically intrigued drivers.

Why choose electric?

One of the incentives to switching to electric is its reduced harm to the environment. It has been proposed that by 2040 all petrol and diesel car production will stop, and such vehicles should be off the roads entirely by 2050.

However, it’s the lower running costs that are appealing to new customers, as electric cars can have running costs that are around one-fifth of the running costs of petrol cars.

North and South division

While the southern areas of the UK may currently have an infrastructure that’s better suited to EVs, the north is rapidly catching up. In September 2019, there were over 26,000 connectors across almost 10,000 locations in the UK, with the number rising every month, according to Zap Map. Currently, over a quarter of these are in the Greater London area.

The conversion to electric vehicles, although looking sure to happen, will not necessarily be a simple conversion. This is down to the sheer size of the project. However, the future certainly looks bright for electric vehicles.