Half of motorists believe the government should do more to make EVs affordable, according to June’s Startline Used Car Tracker.

The survey also found that 35% of respondents think steps should be taken to make electric cars easier to purchase, while 34% advocate for increased funding to expand charger availability. Additionally, 26% believe the cost of power from chargers should be reduced.

The data suggests that with greater government support, 29% of motorists would be more likely to choose an electric car for their next vehicle. In contrast, only 4% stated their next car will be electric regardless of government actions.

Paul Burgess, CEO of Startline Motor Finance, said: “The research highlights a clear market readiness for electric cars, but cost remains a significant concern for motorists. This includes the expense of purchasing the vehicle, installing a charger, and the cost of the electricity itself. Motorists are calling for financial assistance to facilitate the transition from petrol and diesel.”

Burgess added that there is a growing sentiment among motorists, manufacturers, and trade bodies that the government could do more to support the shift to electric vehicles. He noted, “While this may not be a primary issue for most voters, it will be interesting to see if any measures are introduced by the next government following the upcoming general election.”

The Startline Used Car Tracker also revealed that 12% of respondents feel no government incentive would persuade them to buy an electric car, and 11% believe the government is already doing enough to support the electric car market.

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Burgess remarked, “These figures are revealing. The media might suggest widespread resistance to electric cars, but our research indicates that only about one in ten people are resistant to the idea.”

The Startline Used Car Tracker is compiled monthly by APD Global Research, known for their business intelligence reporting and customer experience programmes in the motor industry. This month’s survey included responses from 301 consumers and 58 dealers.

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