Charging is major EV concern

Some 69% of people claim concerns over a lack of charging points is a significant hurdle in owning an electric vehicle (EV) according to a survey from Venson Automotive Solutions.

However this trend could change in the future following the government’s recent announcement to implement new measures to improve the provision of electric vehicle charge points as part of the Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill. That, combined with Total and Shell making charging points a standard feature at their petrol stations, the ‘charging point’ hurdle may become redundant.

The survey also highlighted that a focus on educating motorists on the ownership benefits – over and above environmental benefits – is still needed. Of those surveyed, 41% said their general lack of knowledge about the total cost and convenience of owning such a vehicle impacted their decision making. Although the commitment by industry and government to remove purchasing barriers is set to have a positive influence, there is still more that needs to be done to clearly explain the financials around EV ownership.

Whilst a lack of charging points topped the Venson poll, limited mileage range came second (61%), with the cost of charging the vehicle (42%) securing third place.

Alison Bell, marketing director of Venson Automotive Solutions, commented, ‘It’s really encouraging to see that public attitudes to electric vehicles are significantly shifting, as the industry invests in the necessary infrastructure. Clearly, Total and Shell’s move to install more charging points is critical in giving motorists the confidence when it comes to choosing EV or hybrid.’

The survey revealed 85% of motorists questioned would consider buying an EV or choosing one as their company car.