More than half of drivers are concerned about replacing batteries in electric cars following a crash, according to a study by the AA.
The survey of more than 13,500 drivers by AA Accident Assis found that 52% said they consider the safe repair and any potential replacement of the main driving battery to be an area of concern should an electric car be involved in a collision.
Another key finding was that three fifths (62%) of drivers are most concerned with the cost of EV repairs. Half of drivers (49%) placed high importance on having specialist EV repairers carrying out mechanical repairs, while 45% say they would rank the availability of parts as important. A quarter (24%) considered the environmental factor of the safe disposal and recycling of the main driving battery as important to them.
Tim Rankin, managing director of AA Accident Assist, said: “As more people buy electric vehicles, they want reassurances that, should the worst happen, the AA is ready to help.
“We’re giving power to electric drivers with the very best and independent advice, use of EV manufacturer approved garages and body shops, coupled with fitment of genuine manufacturer parts, therefore giving peace of mind to those involved in a collision.
“We also go further by providing our insurer customers and members who have a not-at-fault claim with an electric hire car whilst theirs is undergoing repair, so they can keep the electric revolution going.”
“Regardless of their insurer, AA Accident Assist is able to help EV drivers at the time of their greatest need.”