To coincide with Go Green Week in the UK (10th-16th February) leading car hire comparison site www.Carrentals.co.uk has surveyed over 1200 people on their eco-driving and opinions on Electric Vehicles (EV’s).Overall, the youngest drivers surveyed (18-25 year olds) had the most positive attitude towards EV’s and their mainstream use. This generation is most likely to buy an EV, admitted to less uneconomical driving habits and are the least pessimistic when discussing EV’s reliability on long journeys and the availability of charging stations. They were the only age group that listed cost as the main reason for not owning an EV, as opposed to concern over their dependability.
Faith in the everyday use of EV’s and their readiness for the road lessened respectively as the respondent age increased, with nearly half of over 66 year olds believing EV’s weren’t yet advanced enough to be used on long journeys, coupled with a lack of charging stations. This was compared to only a quarter of 18-25 year olds. This age group was the only one which did not state ‘not reliable enough for long journeys and a lack of charging stations’ as the main reason for not owning an EV, instead expressing that they were too expensive to buy (47%).
Only 50% of all surveyed would consider buying an EV, with 69% not believing they provide the same driving experience as a conventional car. However, as an alternative to EV ownership, over 85% respondents were willing to address their current environmentally unfriendly driving habits if there was a government funded cash incentive, or if car insurance providers lowered policy prices.
Females were more prepared to drive economically for a cash incentive or cheaper insurance, with 91% keen to save money on their insurance. Females admitted to having more driving habits that may negatively impact the environment than men, including a quarter acknowledging that they avoid servicing their car regularly. More women however had car shared with two thirds of female respondents having done so, compared to less than half of the men surveyed.
Finally, 76% of all surveyed think the government and car industry haven’t committed enough funds, or could commit more funds, to promoting the Electric Vehicle market.
Gareth Robinson, Managing Director of Carrentals.co.uk commented: "Being eco-friendly and living in an environmentally friendly way has been heavily promoted to younger people over the last decade, and this is reflected in their opinions on electric cars and how these views differ to the older generation. Unfortunately, adoption amongst this age group seems to be limited by the higher costs associated with purchasing EV’s. Go Green Week is a chance to look at how we can drive in a more economically friendly way such as not over revving and ensuring vehicles are regularly serviced."
*Findings based on survey with 1,232 respondents conducted over December 2013 by www.Carrentals.co.uk
Carrentals.co.uk is one of the UK’s leading car hire comparison website, and celebrated its 5th birthday as a comparator in February 2012. Last year, the company achieved record sales, despite the challenging economic climate. Searching up to 50 different car hire suppliers, including Alamo, Avis, Budget, Hertz, Holiday Autos and Sixt, Carrentals.co.uk provides an impartial comparison of the best prices available in over 15,000 locations worldwide.
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