EVs: Drivers want to try before they buy

Published:  11 September, 2020

70% of drivers would prefer to lease an EV in order to get used to the technology before buying one outright, according to a new survey.

 A survey of 2,025 UK drivers undertaken by Auto Trader has revealed that motorists would be interested in leasing an electric vehicle for an two or three year prolonged test-drive. Although 73% of respondents say they would consider purchasing an electric vehicle within the next four years, 40% of these admit they still have reservations about the capabilities of EVs.  

While the UK has more than 19,000 charging points and the average EV can travel approximately 100 miles on a single charge, 51% still cite range anxiety as their biggest negator. 49% are concerned by a lack of available charging points across the UK, and 48% are worried about access in local areas.  

The cost of the car itself was found to be another worry for 44% of motorists, with recharge time bothering 42%.

Commenting on the findings, Auto Trader’s Rory Reid says: “Buying a new car can be a big commitment, so it makes sense that some are considering leasing as a viable alternative, especially when using it as a way to ‘test drive’ a car for longer periods. Leasi

ng for a couple of years gives drivers the time they need to fully get to know the vehicle and understand their own feelings about it.   “In the case of EVs, this would provide plenty of time to help drivers dispel any worries, become accustomed to the technology and see how accessible and easy charging can be. It’s also a fraction of the price of purchasing outright, so if after two years you’re not sold, you can simply return the vehicle.”  

To view Auto Trader’s Long Term Test Drive full report, visit https://www.autotrader.co.uk/content/guides/leasing-an-electric-car  

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