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Transport Committee surveys drivers on EV barriers

The Transport Committee has launched a short survey exploring the key influences on electric vehicle decisions.

The research looks at potential barriers to EV take-up and will help inform the Committee’s inquiry on Zero Emission Vehicles

The research looks at potential barriers to EV take-up and will help inform the Committee’s inquiry on Zero Emission Vehicles, which looks at the implications of accelerating the shift to zero-emission vehicles and the potential for introducing road pricing.

Supporting this, the survey includes quick questions on issues such as finance, charge points and range, in order to find out what’s important to drivers considering the purchase of a battery electric vehicle.

This includes exploring any barriers to buying electric, including concerns around charging infrastructure and their affordability.

Research published by Ofgem last week found that while almost one in four (24%) consumers plan to buy an electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid in the next five years, a total of 36% of households that do not intend to get an electric vehicle are put off making the switch over a lack of charging points near their home.

The survey also includes an opportunity to submit a question about electric vehicles to the Department for Transport. The Committee will then choose one or two questions to put directly to the minister during the final evidence session of the inquiry.

Earlier this month, MPs on the Public Accounts Committee warned that the Government is lacking a plan to meet the “huge challenge” of driving the switch from petrol and diesel cars to electric. They added that the 2030 ICE ban may be out of reach without urgent action.

The survey will run until Wednesday 2 June 2021. To access the survey, click here.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.

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