Are Londoners ready to switch to EVs?

A majority of people in London would switch to electric vehicles (EVs), according to a new survey. It claims 80% said they would consider going green if they were buying […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

A majority of people in London would switch to electric vehicles (EVs), according to a new survey.

It claims 80% said they would consider going green if they were buying a car in the next six months.

At least six in 10 Londoners also said they are worried about the environment and the long term impact of air pollution.

The new survey of more than 1,700 people from Vital research and statistics and commissioned by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), also reveals 16% intend to vote for the London Mayoral candidate who promises to tackle the city’s air pollution.

A study published this week found around 40,000 deaths a year are linked to air pollution in the UK.

Despite the enthusiasm for EVs, Londoners are concerned about the price as they believe greener cars are more expensive to buy and run compared to diesel or petrol cars and have a limited range.

They are also worried there aren’t enough charging points and qualified technicians in the capital to service the cars.

However according to the IMI, electric and hybrid cars are “just as fast as petrol cars and the running costs are a fraction of current vehicles”.

Steve Nash, CEO at IMI added: “Very soon drivers will realise the true capabilities of electric vehicles with manufacturers continuing to advance the technology. As our research indicates demand will surge and it’s clear the next London Mayor has an urgent task to ensure the charging infrastructure is capable of keeping pace as Londoners make the switch to greener fuel to get around the city.

“The government will also need to focus on the skills base required to keep these cars on the road. With only 1,000 technicians currently qualified in the UK, they have some way to go.”

Yesterday a new report revealed EVs will represent 35% of new car sales globally by 2040.