Interest in electric and hybrid cars continues to grow

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Interest in greener cars continues to grow according to a report from Carzone. It finds that 70% of motorists plan to purchase an electric or hybrid vehicle in the near future.

That’s despite the fact that only 2% of respondents to the survey currently drive a hybrid or electric car, and only 36% of people were aware of the Government’s goal to reach 100% of all new cars and vans being EV’s by 2030. Notably only 16% feel that that goal is achievable.

Age is a factor as 77% of younger drivers between 18 and 24 have stated their intention to buy electric or hybrid compared to just 63% of those over 45.

The Nissan Leaf is the most searched electric vehicle on Carzone, followed by the Tesla Model S, BMW i3, Volkswagen e-Golf and Hyundai Kona.

The Lexus IS300h tops the search list for hybrids followed by the Mitsubishi Outlander and a trio of Toyotas – the Prius, RAV4 and C-HR.

Cheaper running costs (57%), better for the environment (20%) and tax incentives (10%) were cited as the top reasons why people would buy an electric or hybrid vehicle.

Other trends identified by the Carzone Motoring report include:-

  • Nearly half of motorists say insurance costs have increased in the last year
  • A quarter of motorists don’t have a good understanding of car finance options
  • 31% of motorists change their car every 2-3 years
  • Half of commuters find Monday morning the busiest time on the road
  • Using personal savings is the main option considered by buyers when looking at financing a car
  • The most popular car model is the Volkswagen Golf
  • A fifth of commuters would consider using an e-Scooter for their work commute