New research from car sharing marketplace Turo suggests 53% of London drivers would switch to an EV for their next vehicle, well above the national average of 43%.
According to the findings, Londoners are at the top of the leaderboard as the city most likely to switch to EVs, joint with Birmingham, followed by Manchester (50%) and Southampton (49%).
London has seen the number of charging points on the road increase by 141% over the last five years according to the ONS. During that same time, the capital has received 77% of all HM Treasury transport funding.
Turo says there’s still more to be done “before the roads of London are lined with electric cars”. Despite the increase in chargers, 87% of Londoners still say that a lack of EV chargers is a barrier when considering going electric.
Xavier Collins, UK VP at Turo, said: “As 2030 [deadline for the end of petrol and diesel vehicle sales] approaches, there is no doubt that more and more drivers will want to turn to electric vehicles, and we’re delighted to see an increasing number of EVs on our platform. But as our research shows, currently the barriers to purchase are still too big for many, whether it’s due to the high purchase cost or fear of the unknown. Car sharing is a great way for EV owners to recoup some of those costs. It is also an ideal way for someone who is considering going electric to go on a prolonged test drive before they buy. Instead of a 20 minute test drive with someone sitting next to you, through car renting guests can get the full EV experience before buying.”
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