EVs top tech list

Electric cars top the list for the most popular technology for UK households in the future, beating drones, virtual-reality headsets and self-ordering fridges according to a new survey by OVO Energy.

In the first half of 2017, 22,480 plug-in cars have been registered in the UK, 54% higher than the same period in 2015. In addition, those surveyed believe electric vehicles will increase in popularity within the next five years, as almost two thirds of Brits worry about their environmental footprint.

Tom Pakenham, head of electric vehicles, OVO Energy said, ‘It’s no surprise that electric cars top the list of most popular future technology for households. With electric vehicle adoption growing rapidly across the UK, and the number on UK roads expected to reach one million by 2022, there is massive momentum on the part of consumers to join in on the next big innovation in transport and technology.’

While more than two thirds of Brits would consider buying an electric vehicle, range anxiety and a perceived lack of charge points prevents them from making the purchase. Fifty-six per cent of respondents believe that there are not enough charge points in the UK. On average, those surveyed, estimated that there were fewer than 3,000 charge points in the UK, whilst the actual figure is currently more than four times that with almost 14,000.

The survey also projected that electric vehicles would take Hollywood by storm with James Corden voted the celebrity Brits would most like to take on an electric vehicle road trip. Furthermore, as Daniel Craig delights cinemagoers by announcing his return to play 007 in the next James Bond film, the survey confirmed that more than one in three Brits believe he should trade in his signature Aston Martin for a lean, green electric vehicle – maybe they were listening (see Aston Martin news: http://www.bodyshopmag.com/2017/news/aston-martin-commits-to-ev/)