The new power generation: Learner drivers keen on EVs poll reveals

Published:  03 May, 2022

42% of learner drivers would favour an EV or hybrid as their first car, a new YouGov survey commissioned by The Motor Ombudsman has revealed.

26% of those questioned would go for a full EV, with 16% likely to opt for a part-electric or hybrid. Only 21% said they want a petrol car once they pass their test, with just 6% saying they would want a diesel. The final 30% were undecided.

The findings were published to commemorate the launch of The Motor Ombudsman’s Second Edition of its #JustPassed downloadable booklet, which covers key considerations for new drivers when looking to buy their first car, or when needing to get it serviced.

On servicing, 76% of said that they were familiar with these parts of routine vehicle maintenance. On the need to get an MOT once a vehicle reaches three years of age, 77% of participants said they were aware with this legal requirement.

Commenting on the results Chief Ombudsman and Managing Director of the Motor Ombudsman Bill Fennell said: “With the nation’s appetite for zero emission motoring growing, and the green agenda becoming ever more prominent in the buying habits of consumers, it is interesting to see that a large proportion of existing and prospective learner drivers are set to follow suit when they get the keys to their own car.”

Bill added: “Since publishing our #JustPassed guide a few years ago, the automotive industry, technology, as well as the types of vehicles available to today’s buyers, have all evolved. We therefore wanted to bring the online booklet up to date to reflect the current landscape, and to provide a more comprehensive resource for individuals when looking to make a decision as to what first car to buy, and where to get it serviced.”

To view and download The Motor Ombudsman’s #JustPassed guide for new drivers, visit

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