More learner drivers should be encouraged to take lessons and tests in electric cars on UK roads, according to LeaseElectricCar.co.uk.
Data released by LeaseElectricCar.co.uk showed a 200% uplift in interest from people wanting to lease its electric vehicles over the last year, with the company saying that the demand is only going to increase.
As a result, the firm is calling for more learner drivers to get behind the wheel of an electric car instead of a petrol and diesel vehicle, to prepare for the shift towards electric vehicles.
A spokesman for LeaseElectricCar.co.uk said: “Many learner drivers represent the next generation of motorists – a generation which will witness huge strides in tackling climate change across the world.
“Already the UK has ambitions to reduce the number of petrol and diesel cars on our roads, and there has been a recent Government announcement suggesting new homes will have EV chargers by law, so the culture towards electric cars is happening.
“It makes sense for a greater number of learner drivers to get the opportunity for all or at least for some of their learning to take place in electric cars as we approach these future milestones.”
It added: “People have already learnt to drive in electric vehicles and also taken their test in one here in the UK. However, learner drivers who take a test in an EV will only be able to drive electric cars and automatic internal combustion engine cars without gears – so this may be seen by some as a barrier to embracing electric vehicles while learning.
“But without the need to learn how to change gears or to use the clutch, this might hold added appeal for some people who otherwise are not keen on learning to drive at the present time.
“Other aspects of an EV which may require some getting used to include differences in braking, the lack of a noisy engine, instant acceleration and fully-automated systems.
“There is also an argument that as electric cars become more mainstream, learner drivers should be given an opportunity to experience what it is like behind the wheel of an EV, even if they are also learning in a vehicle with a combustion engine too. This would help them to be more prepared and comfortable driving an electric car on UK roads once they have qualified.”