Survey finds 30% of people would hire an EV to test it out

More than a quarter of motorists would like to hire an electric car to try one out, a new survey has found.

The research, which was commissioned by insurance provider Carhireinsurance.com, surveyed 1,000 UK drivers who have hired a car. the survey found that almost one in four (23%) said they would like to hire an electric car to do “their bit” for the environment.

The survey follows a Zap-Map survey, released earlier this year, which showed that those switching to electric cars don’t look back, with less than 1% of drivers wanting to return to petrol or diesel after switching to an EV.

Ernesto Suarez, founder and CEO of iCarhireinsurance.com, said: “When car hirers are weighing up which car to hire, electric cars could be a good option for some. Savings can be made on fuel costs and most rental companies don’t expect you to re-charge before returning the car.

“Electric vehicles are also often exempt from charges in low emission zones in cities and it can be cheaper or even free to park in many places. As the rental companies expand their range of electric vehicles, they will become an increasingly viable solution for car hirers.”