Drivers switching on to electric vehicles, survey reveals
RACV survey reveals surge in interest in electric vehicles but high price still a barrier.
Three in five Victorians would consider buying an electric vehicle (EV) for their next car, but high purchase price, range anxiety and limited choice of models remain key deterrents.
The findings are from RACV’s fifth annual survey of consumer attitudes to EVs, conducted in partnership with the EV Council of Australia. More than 1000 people responded to this year’s survey, conducted in May.
The latest survey reveals a surge of interest in EVs, with 60 per cent of respondents saying they would consider buying an EV, up from 47 per cent last year. An additional 11 per cent said they would consider an EV if they knew more about the technology (up from eight per cent in 2019).
The results reflect the latest sales figures, which show a 19.2 per cent jump in registrations of EVs and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) in the first six months of 2020, compared with the same period last year. The growth bucks the downward trend of the overall vehicle market which has slumped 20.2 per cent so far this year.
[We remind Victorians that anyone living in stage-three lockdown in metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire must not leave home unless for necessary work or study, essential shopping, exercise or care or care giving.]