A recent survey by the IMI has revealed as many as 53% of drivers are considering buying or leasing an EV as their next new car.
Considering an EV or Hybrid vehicle? You’re not the only one. According to new research done for the Institute of the Motor Industry, over half of the UK is considering an EV or hybrid vehicle as their next new car. The news comes after a considerable change in the market and EV sales hit record numbers.
EV and Hybrid vehicles now account for 3% of cars registered in 2015 and with recent news surrounding Diesel vehicles, that figure could very well rise sharply by the time we see 2016. Government is also offering a £5,000 Plug-in Car Grant to tempt drivers into a shiny new eco-friendly motor.
Source: Next Green Car
Concerns have been raised about the level of skill our workforce possesses when it comes to EV’s and Hybrids.
IMI CEO, Steve Nash said: “We have always expected demand for electric and hybrid vehicles to increase gradually over time as the cars become more sophisticated and the public become aware of their quality, the level of demand shown in this survey is astonishing and requires a response from Government.”
IMI is calling on the government to address the skills shortage with a proactive apprentice recruitment programme to help industry to bridge the skills gap.
It also wants Ministers to introduce a license to practice for technicians working on electric and hybrid vehicles in similar way it regulates vehicle air conditioning maintenance and repair to protect the driving public.
“We need a license to practice for technicians to reassure the public and to protect the employers who invest in the skills required to take care of the next generation of vehicles and their owners. We will be seeking and urgent meeting with ministers as a matter of urgency.”
To name a few Electric & Hybrid:
• BMW i3 Range Extender
• Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
• Lexus IS 300h
• Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid
• Toyota Prius
• Mercedes C300 Hybrid
• Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid
• Mercedes S300 Hybrid
• Lexus RX 450h
• Toyota Yaris Hybrid
• BMW i3
• Tesla Model S
• Volkswagen e-up!
• Nissan Leaf
• VW e-Golf
• Kia Soul EV
• Renault Zoe
Charging your EV is probably the single biggest concern people have. The number of charging points in the UK has increased dramatically with number rising from a few hundred in 2011 to more than 9,000 in September 2015. This means that you really can’t go far without finding a place to park and power up. You can even check where these charging point are in advance using websites like Zap Map.
With EVs still featuring relatively new technology, one of the key concerns for buyers is long term costs after the car’s warranty expires. Now with well over 40,000 EVs on the road, a number of cars have passed the manufacturer’s warranty date which is why Warrantywise has created the used EV warranty with the help of Quentin Willson.
He says: “Having owned several EVs over the last five years, and driven all the available models, it’s time to bust the urban myths about electric cars. EVs work well for many drivers, and cars like the Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S, Renault Zoe, Citroen C-Zero, BMW i3 and i8 are reliable, popular and fashionable. At Warrantywise we’re reassuring used EV drivers that there’s now no such thing as ‘repair anxiety’.”
So with half of UK drivers considering an EV, millions of diesel cars fibbing about their emissions and £5,000 grants to all who want to make the change, owning an Electric car is looking more and more attractive by the day. Consider an extended warranty for your EV when the time comes.