Drivers are also worried that the UK doesn’t have the necessary infrastructure to support the increased number of electric cars, with almost two thirds saying they don’t not want an electric car because they’re unsure where they can charge it. And although there are 4,811 charging stations around the UK at the moment, there are questions over whether this digital network can expand quickly enough to keep up with the predicted growth of battery-powered vehicles.
Our research also suggests that age plays a part in how keen drivers are to go green. Around a third (38%) of those aged over 55 would like a hybrid or electric car, compared to just 24% of 18-24 year olds. The upfront cost of buying an electric car could explains this; the average cost of a Nissan Leaf (the most popular electric car to insure) is around £21,000, and with young motorists saying they can only afford to spend £6,500 on their next car, this may seem like an unrealistic investment.