Car buyers turn to EVs in record numbers

Electric cars have overtaken petrol vehicles as car buyers’ next intended purchase for the first time.

According to Autovia’s unique independent tracker of car-buyers’ intentions, EVs moved into the lead in September and have since risen to around one-in-three intended future purchases.

It revealed that petrol and electric vehicles represent the immediate future of car buyers, while diesel is now languishing at around one-in-10 purchase intentions. Other fuel types, such as the various types of hybrid, are hovering around 7.5% and 15% of future purchase plans.

Steve Fowler, editor-in-chief of Autovia, said: “Autovia’s car customer insights are especially valuable in gauging future intentions because they reflect real plans rather than the more typical on-the-spot opinions captured in occasional surveys. When an in-market car buyer volunteers their future buying plans to us they’re effectively asking us to help them to find their ideal future car. With EVs now stretching their lead as the most popular future choice among our highly engaged audiences it’s clear a turning point has been reached.”