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42% of UK drivers likely to switch to an electric vehicle

42% of UK drivers likely to switch to an electric vehicle

08 January 2021

Almost half of all drivers now want to switch to a zero-emission vehicle after experiencing improved air quality during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to new research.

The survey conducted by Ipsos for LeasePlan, asked 5,000 drivers in 22 countries how their mobility behaviour had changed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Respondents revealed that since the start of the pandemic:

  • 65% are less likely to use public transportation and more likely to use their own private car (76%)
  • 79% say the pandemic has made them more aware of the safety and comfort of having their own vehicle
  • 47% say they are more likely to switch to a zero-emission electric vehicle
  • 47% are more likely to use online shopping and opt for home delivery for discretionary spending, bolstering demand for LCV and electric LCV (eLCV) delivery vehicles
  • 47% are worried about increased congestion and pollution from delivery vehicles post-Covid
  • A vast majority of delivery drivers polled (61%) are willing to coordinate with other businesses to reduce congestion, as well as switch to zero-emission electric LCVs (75%) to reduce pollution

Tex Gunning, CEO of LeasePlan, said: “This report is a wake-up call for the industry: shared mobility and public transport is out, and safe and clean private transport is in. At the same time, drivers are more eco-conscious than ever, with nearly half ready to go electric and preserve the cleaner air we all experienced at the beginning of the pandemic.

The global poll of 5,000 drivers, included 253 in the UK, and found that 42% of UK respondents (47% globally) are much more likely to switch to an EV in the future to reduce their own carbon footprint.

Countries included in the survey included: Australia, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Spain and the United States.

Mark Lovett, LeasePlan head of commercial vehicles, said that any retail company that wants to be successful in the “new normal” will require a fleet of LCVs to meet the booming demand for online shopping and last mile delivery.

Lovett said: “This demand has to be met responsibly, and concerns about congestion and pollution from delivery vehicles need to be addressed.

“The good news is that OEMs are making more electric delivery vehicles than ever before, so in 2021 there’s no excuse not to swap the white van for a green van and make each and every delivery zero-emission.”

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