Survey reveals two-thirds of British drivers aspire to electric car ownership

A recent survey of nearly 2,000 drivers in the UK, commissioned by car benefits provider Tusker, has revealed some intriguing insights into consumers’ views on electric cars. It found 63 percent of drivers admitted to considering an electric vehicle for their next car. The three main reasons were the environmental benefits, being able to charge at home and being taxed less on their salary.

Tusker, who runs a fleet of almost 20,000 cars, are witnessing the transfer to electric cars firsthand. Its fleet is being transformed by the green revolution with electric cars accounting for 50 percent of orders in 2020. In turn, its fleet has gone from three percent electric to 20 percent in just 12 months, which means Tusker is outperforming the overall industry.

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Looking into driving habits Tusker found 79 percent of survey respondents admitted to driving less than 150 miles (241km) a week. That means electric models like the Tesla Model 3 (263 miles/423km range), the Audi e-Tron (220 miles/354 km range) and even the new Vauxhall Corsa-e (200 miles/322km range) will cater for a week of driver journeys on a single charge.

The survey also reinforced how quickly drivers are being educated about electric cars. Of those drivers who said they would consider an electric vehicle (1,107) 36 percent said they were confident in naming up to three or more charging locations they would use in their local area.

Tusker also found 75 percent of people were also aware of electric cars being in their budget, while 25 percent felt they were just for the wealthy. When looking at the numbers this minority view is quickly dispelled with a £42,000 Tesla Model 3 available on Tusker’s salary sacrifice scheme from as little as £399 per month, and the £26,000 Corse-e from just £249 per month, both inclusive of maintenance and insurance on a four-year agreement.

Paul Gilshan, Tusker’s CEO, said: “Our Car Benefit Scheme aims to put the majority of electric vehicles in the reach of everyday drivers by using some of a driver’s salary before it’s taxed in exchange for the use of a brand-new car.

This year’s research shows that drivers better understand how electric cars can fit into their life even down to the location of their charging points. Salary sacrifice works on the same principle as Cycle to Work and Childcare Vouchers and provides drivers with a hassle-free new car, inclusive of maintenance and insurance.”

Ian Osborne
Ian Osborne
Editor-in-Chief at ElectricDrives

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