Two thirds of drivers aspire to EV ownership

A recent survey of nearly 2,000 drivers has revealed some intriguing insights into consumers’ views on electric cars.

63% of drivers admitted to considering an EV for their next car citing environmental benefits, being able to charge at home and being taxed less on their salary as the top three main reasons.

Tusker runs a fleet of almost 20,000 cars, which is being transformed by the green revolution with EVs accounting for 50% of orders in 2020. In turn, its fleet has gone from 3% EV to 20% in just 12 months, which means Tusker is outperforming the overall industry.

Looking into driving habits 79% of survey respondents admitted to driving less than 150 miles a week. That means models like the Tesla Model 3 (263 miles), the Audi e-Tron (220 miles) and even the new Vauxhall Corsa-e (200 miles) will cater for a week of driver journeys on a single charge.

The survey also reinforced how quickly drivers are being educated about EVs. Of those drivers who said they would consider an electric vehicle 36% said they were confident in naming up to three or more charging locations they would use in their local area.

75% of people were also aware of EVs being in their budget, while 25% felt EVs were just for the wealthy. When looking at the numbers this minority view is quickly dispelled with a £42k Tesla Model 3 available on Tusker’s salary sacrifice scheme from as little as £399 per month, and the £26k Corse-e from just £249 per month, both inclusive of maintenance and insurance on a four-year agreement.

“Our Car Benefit Scheme aims to put the majority of EVs in the reach of everyday drivers by using some of a driver’s salary before it’s taxed in exchange for the use of a brand-new car,” said Paul Gilshan, Tusker’s CEO, who commissioned the research.

“This year’s research shows that drivers better understand how electric cars can fit into their life even down to the location of their charging points.”

“Salary sacrifice works on the same principle as Cycle to Work and Childcare Vouchers and provides drivers with a hassle-free new car, inclusive of maintenance and insurance,” he added.

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