The UK doesn’t have enough confidence in electric cars yet to make a 100% shift, according to new research by Euro Car Parts.
Its survey analysed the ten most congested cities as well as London to consider factors such as population, the number of charging points and the increase needed in them to be prepared for the deadline set by the Government of 100% electric vehicles to be used in cities by 2035.
The research has indicated that most of the UK population is sceptical of the transition, mainly due to the perceived number of charging points, with distance per charge still acting as a deterrent 47% of motorists surveyed.
But Southampton, one of the most congested cities in England is considered to be the most prepared for a transition, with more than 123,000 EVs on the road and a 66% increase in public charging ports.
Chris Barella, Digital Services Director at Euro Car Parts, said: “It’s interesting to see that while figures suggest the government are on track to hit their low emission vehicle target, perhaps even earlier than anticipated, the nation’s views and attitudes towards alternative fuel vehicles, means we still have a long way to go.
“It seems the biggest concern is the number of charging points and it’s understandable why. If the year-on-year figures are anything to go by, we simply won’t be equipped to supply the demand, however, it’s encouraging the government is increasing its funding for charging points in residential areas. Hopefully seeing more around the country will inspire more people to help us to achieve the initiative as early as predicted.”