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:
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.”