1 in 10 UK drivers plan to buy a petrol-electric hybrid vehicle for their next vehicle, according to a new report on cars and technology from UK insurer Aviva. A further 2% intend to purchase a fully electric vehicle as their next vehicle.
The figures are compiled from the opinions of 2,134 UK drivers on in-car technology and innovations in motoring.
However, the report finds that the majority of UK drivers still expect to be using petrol or diesel powered vehicles for the foreseeable future.
While there is an appetite for vehicles powered by alternative means, figures suggest that the desire for hybrid and electric models may be an aspiration rather than an immediate reality for some.
There has been an increase of 39% year-on-year between June 2016 and June 2017 for new petrol-electric hybrid vehicles registered in the UK, and a year-on-year increase of 46% for pure electric plug-in vehicle registrations. In 2016 hybrid and electric models accounted for 3.3%** of new vehicles registered in the UK with this expected to grow substantially over the next 10 years.
The main reason people gave for not changing to a hybrid or electric vehicle was the cost, a consideration of 55% of drivers. This is followed by worries about limited range and the length of time taken to charge vehicles.
|Reason for not choosing a hybrid / electric vehicle for next motor purchase||% who gave this response|
|High purchase price||55%|
|Length of time to charge||39%|
|Fear of being stranded||33%|
|Performance vs petrol / diesel vehicles||19%|