More than two-thirds of Brits say EVs are next big thing

  More than two-thirds of the British public expect electric vehicles (EVs) to become the next major trend in home technology. That’s according to a new survey of 2,000 people, […]

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By Jonny Bairstow
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More than two-thirds of the British public expect electric vehicles (EVs) to become the next major trend in home technology.

That’s according to a new survey of 2,000 people, conducted by OVO Energy, which suggests 37.8% expect battery-powered cars to hit the mainstream sooner than innovations such as virtual reality headsets and webcam doorbells.

Despite around 87% of the public saying they ‘would’ or ‘definitely would’ buy an electric car, the data also reveals a host of concerns regarding the technology.

More than half of people older than 55 and 43% of those aged between 16 and 24 said high costs would put them off – OVO says EVs actually work out cheaper than petrol or diesel vehicles in the long run.

It also shows a perceived lack of charging points, with 56% saying there weren’t yet enough available.

Nearly half said this would give them ‘range anxiety’ and 43% said the clean cars take too long to charge compared to filling up at a petrol station.