A new consumer association, Electric Vehicle Association (EVA) England, has been created, and like those that already exist Canada, Holland, Norway, Scotland and the USA, aims to support electric car owners. The association, which will officially launch later this year, has been conducting surveys to get consumers thoughts on electric cars.
One of the surveys looked into the UK’s government’s plan to ban the sale of tradition petrol and diesel combustion engine cars by 2035. Of the 1,114 respondents, 82 percent felt that internal combustion engine cars should be phased out by 2035. It also found that 60 percent thought it a would be a good idea for this to happen by 2030.
EVA England found that 72.9 percent thought it would be positive for the UK economy. Another huge positive to come from the survey was regarding well-being which found 96 percent of those surveyed thought it would have a positive effect on public health.
The car manufacturing industry is already moving towards electric cars and this momentum is continually building. It might be a big change for some car manufacturers, but 74 percent of the people surveyed thought the automotive industry would be able to keep up with the demand for electric cars. The survey also found that 78.5 percent didn’t believe it would put unfair pressure on the industry.
As a consequence, EVA England are urging the government to move the ban on the production of combustion engine cars to 2030. It has also suggested grants, loans, scrapping schemes and more investment into the current electric vehicle structure to help inspire more people to make the switch to electric cars.
Bridget Phelps, EVA England chair, said: “We are at a critical juncture in our country’s automotive history. Climate leadership demands that we move more quickly to clean our air. Development of electric cars and vans, their batteries, and renewable energy will create jobs and build a path to a more sustainable economy.”