1.5 million drivers could switch to an electric car now

1.5 million households could have electric cars with ease

New research by What Car? shows that around 1.5 million UK drivers could switch to an electric car today without any compromise. The survey covered 25,000 households, including 2,310 current electric vehicle drivers. 

Around 17 percent of multi-car households have a vehicle that never makes a journey of more than 100 miles. Based on the 88 percent of homes with driveways that could be suitable for home-charging, What Car? has calculated that more than 1.5 million UK households could drive an electric car hassle-free. That’s 5.5 percent of the 27 million households in the UK.

1.5 million households could have electric cars with ease

“Most drivers are aware of the drive towards electrification, but uncertain whether the current cars and infrastructure can meet their needs,” said Jim Holder, editorial director at What Car?.

“The evidence here shows that a significant proportion of households could make the switch without any compromise, and start enjoying the benefits of EVs – including travelling with zero emissions in near-silence, enjoying significant cost-savings through the year, and the potential for being free from congestion or clean air zone charges.” 

This study is purely based on usage rather than price. On average, electric cars are considerably more expensive than internal combustion equivalents. An electric car with a range of more than 100 miles will cost at least £18,000 if bought today.

1.5 million households could have electric cars with ease

As What Car? asserts, however, as infrastructure and EVs improve (and get cheaper), the percentage of people whose lives could accept an electric car compromise-free is only set to increase.

Jim Holder added: “While it is clear that there is more work to be done to make electric cars even more affordable, and to increase charging and range capabilities so that even more households can own them compromise-free, it is also evident that the manufacturers and infrastructure providers are further ahead in providing answers to consumers’ questions than is widely recognised.”