Info
Info

GHD survey reveals half of British consumers are considering an electric vehicle in next five years

News
Info

46% of UK consumers, who do not currently own a hybrid or electric vehicle (EV), would definitely buy or seriously consider buying an EV in the next five years, according to a recent survey by leading professional services company GHD. This figure rises to 66% when taking into account those who would seriously considering buying an EV but currently believe there to be too many barriers to purchase.


While the UK government's recently announced ten point plan prioritises the adoption of EVs, the survey clearly shows that there are challenges to the rollout in the UK. Of those that are interested in buying an EV, 47% responded that they were not confident they would have access to reliable charging infrastructure locally. This was particularly high among those living in rural and suburban areas, with 46% and 52% unsure respectively. Meanwhile, 36% expressed a lack of confidence in their ability to charge an electric vehicle at home. Interestingly, this concern was most prevalent for people living in urban and suburban areas (37% and 38% respectively) rather than in city centres2 or rural areas (31% and 28%).


GHD would like to see the government prioritise both the funding and proliferation of accessible charging infrastructure across the UK. There will be an ongoing requirement for close collaboration between the central government, local authorities, distribution network operators (DNOs) and the private sector developers of the charging stations themselves. In looking at the roll-out of this infrastructure, there will be a need to consider not only the uptake of the vehicles themselves, but also the behaviours of vehicle owners when it comes to the patterns of EV use and the way in which they will want to charge them. This will vary by where people live, how they use their cars and where they work or spend time away from home. It is also important to consider who carries the cost of the new infrastructure needed to support EV charging. GHD is working closely with the private sector and the network industry on all of these regulatory, technical, social and economic themes, as there is a lot more that can be done to accelerate both innovation and investment in this area.


Further highlights from the survey include:
• 15% of UK respondents belong to a household that already owns an electric or hybrid vehicle; this is behind Singapore (21%) and the US (16%) but ahead of Australia (7%), New Zealand (8%) and Canada (8%)
• Of those that don't, 15% would definitely buy one in the next five years; 51% would seriously consider it, although two out of five of these believe there are currently too many barriers to driving one
• In the UK, those aged 18-35 are most likely to buy an EV
• Appetite in the UK is also higher among those living in city centres or urban areas, at 57% and 49% respectively
• Of those who expressed any interest in buying an EV, 47% said that they were either not at all or not very confident about having access to enough reliable charging infrastructure locally; this was second lowest level of confidence of all the countries surveyed, just behind Australia at 48%
• UK also had second lowest level of confidence in ability to install a charger at home, with 36% being not at all or not very confident (Singapore was the least confident at 37%)


These findings form part of an international survey conducted by GHD among over 8000 consumers in the UK, the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore in order to gain insight into how changing attitudes and behaviours will shape the way we power our future, as part of its whitepaper “The World of Energy Post-COVID”. In the UK, 1,004 consumers were surveyed.


Commenting on the survey's findings, Dr David Maunder, Technical Leader - Future Energy, at GHD, said: “It is clear that we are entering the era of the electric vehicle, with our survey showing strong demand among UK consumers. However, there are perceived obstacles that remain a handbrake on consumer uptake, as shown by the number of respondents who say they would seriously consider buying an EV but currently believe there are too many barriers to ownership.
“Accessible charging infrastructure is clearly critical to EV uptake, and an area of particular concern for consumers. However, with batteries and point-of-use technology becoming more accessible, we should see a rapid uptake of this infrastructure in the coming five years, which will help drive the roll-out. GHD's ability to assess people's behaviours and movements enables us to provide both the public and private sector with unique perspectives on where charging infrastructure should be located to make it commercially viable and meet consumer demand. Importantly, recent behavioural changes in public consumption and travel can be factored into these perspectives so that we can provide current and future-proofed solutions. We have also been using our deep industry knowledge and data analytics to assess the movements of heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and supply chain alignment, so that we can advise on how the critical HGV market can be supported with new fuel and energy types going forward.


“The UK government has rightly placed a lot of focus of EVs in its ten point plan, pledging £2.8 billion of investment, including £1.3 billion to accelerate the roll-out of charging infrastructure, and bringing forward the phase-out date for sales of new petrol and diesel cars to 2030. At GHD, we are committed to supporting this transition to a greener transport model and it remains a key area of focus for us.”


The Latest News, Brought To You By
GHD survey reveals half of British consumers are considering an electric vehicle in next five years
Modified on Tuesday 4th May 2021
Find all articles related to:
GHD survey reveals half of British consumers are considering an electric vehicle in next five years
TaaS Technology Magazine
Info
Polestar Co-founds Swedish Energy Project To Develop V2X Technology
Exploring How Smart Infrastructure Can Help Ford Build A Great Self-driving Service For Miamians
FEV Successful In Designing Low Emission, Efficient Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engine
Woven Planet Holdings, A Subsidiary Of Toyota, Announces Acquisition Of Lyft’s Level 5 Division
GHD Survey Reveals Half Of British Consumers Are Considering An Electric Vehicle In Next Five Years
Daimler Truck AG And Volvo Group Fully Committed To Hydrogen-based Fuel-cells – Launch Of New Joint Venture Cellcentric
Hyperdrive Innovation Recognised With Prestigious Queen’s Award For Enterprise
Viritech’s ApricaleTM Hydrogen Hypercar To Be Developed At MIRA Technology Park
World-leading Circular Solution For Charging Of Vehicles Inaugurated
Continental And Iteris Collaborate To Explore Intelligent Infrastructure Technology
Plus And Cummins Collaborate To Develop The Industry’s First Supervised Autonomous Trucks Using A Natural Gas Powertrain
European Battery Producer, InoBat Signs First Commercial Vehicle Partnership With Leading Bus And Coach Producer, SOR
Nexperia Announces New ESD Protection Devices For High-speed Interfaces In Automotive Applications
JustPark Partners With Zap-Map To Bring Community Charging To The Masses With 800 New EV Chargers
XPeng Sets Records For Longest Autonomous Drive
Gilbarco Veeder-Root Accelerating E-mobility Plans And Boosting Electric Charging Infrastructure
Superpedestrian Announces One Million Free Rides On Link E-scooters To Connect Citizens With Vaccination Centres
Self-driving Truck Company Plus Upsizes Recent Fundraising To $420 Million
Faraday Future Selects Velodyne As Exclusive Lidar Supplier For Flagship FF 91
Suzuki, Subaru, Daihatsu, Toyota And Mazda Reach Agreement
Spark Connected’s New 2.4kW Titan Wireless Charging Solution For AGV’s And LEV’s Adopted By Gapcharge GmbH
RoboSense Teams Up With Webasto On Smart Roof Module With Integrated MEMS LiDAR
Hino Motors And REE Automotive Sign Business Alliance Agreement
“Free2Move ESolutions”: The Name Of The JV Between Stellantis And Engie EPS To Create A New World-leading Provider Of E-mobility Products & Services
Info
Info
×
Search the news archive

To close this popup you can press escape or click the close icon.
Logo
×
Logo
×
Register - Step 1

You may choose to subscribe to the TaaS Magazine, the TaaS Newsletter, or both. You may also request additional information if required, before submitting your application.


Please subscribe me to:

 

You chose the industry type of "Other"

Please enter the industry that you work in:
Please enter the industry that you work in:
 
X
Info
X
Info
{taasPodcastNotification} Array
Live Event