One in five ditch the driving seat

Aviva’s recent Connected Car Report highlights that while there’s an apparent appetite for vehicles powered by alternative means, the majority of UK drivers still expect to be using fossil fuel powered vehicles for the foreseeable future.

The research found that 68% of people plan to buy a petrol-fuelled vehicle for their next purchase, with just over one in five (21%) expecting to buy a diesel-powered model. On the other hand, only one in 10 UK drivers (10%) plan to buy a hybrid model for their next vehicle and a further two per cent intend to purchase a fully electric vehicle.

Among those who say they wouldn’t consider an electric or hybrid vehicle for their next purchase, the main concern is around the cost of the vehicle, followed by worries about limited range and the length of time taken to charge vehicles.

As a general rule, drivers welcome technology to improve the driving experience, with three quarters (74%) of motorists using in-car technology or gadgets when they drive. In line with this, one in five UK drivers questioned said they would be happy to use a driverless car, although the majority of motorists are still cautious about the concept.

Paul Heybourne, head of digital innovation operations, Aviva, says, ‘We’re a nation of car lovers and there’s a clear enthusiasm for technologies which improve the driving experience. There’s also evidence that people want to embrace new innovations, with one in eight drivers saying they’d choose a hybrid or electric model for their next vehicle and one in five ready to adopt driverless technology.

‘As with any new technology, there is some nervousness about driverless cars, but many drivers admit this is because they don’t know enough about them, so any concerns will inevitably wane over time. Technology is evolving at an unprecedented pace, so it will be fascinating to see whether consumer adoption will match.’

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