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In the wake of a recent report that said one EV was sold every minute in July, car finance provider Carmoola has investigated the growing popularity of electric and hybrid vehicles in England, Wales and Scotland.

According to a survey of 2,202 respondents across Great Britain, the Scottish population is leading the way when it comes to driving pure electric vehicles (EVs). 

Scots have the highest percentage of EVs with 5% claiming to have an EV as their main car, while the Welsh are least likely to have an electric vehicle, with 1% of those surveyed having an EV as their main vehicle. 

Car sales have been on the rise for the past 12 months with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reporting that battery electric vehicle (BEV) registrations jumped 87.9% to 23,010, meaning one new EV was sold every minute in July 2023.

While the UK has seen increased adoption of EVs, still only 3% of those surveyed have an electric vehicle as their main car and 6% have a hybrid. 

There are over 45,737 public charging points across the UK and most are located in the Greater London region (31.4%), followed by the South East with 5,654 (12.4%) and Scotland with 4,073 (8.9%). Surprisingly, despite having the largest number of public charging points only 2% of Londoners have an EV as their main car, preferring a hybrid model (9%). 

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As expected, regions with the lowest number of public charging points have the smallest percentage of people adopting an EV. 

The survey also found that drivers in the 45-54s age group are the highest (4%) to own an electric vehicle as their main car, while only 1% of 25 to 34-year-olds do so.

Yorkshire & Humberside has the highest (11%) hybrid vehicle ownership while the North East is least likely to have a hybrid, as 0% of those surveyed had a hybrid as their main car. 

Aidan Rushby, CEO at Carmoola, said: “Our survey shows that drivers are most concerned with the overall cost of buying a new car. Whilst, improved choice and the increase in models in the market will continue to encourage further adoption of these vehicles, drivers will still need further incentives for buying these vehicles. More charging points will need to be installed and more allowances will need to be applied to encourage further uptake over traditional petrol and diesel models.” 

The total sample size was 2,272 adults. The online survey was done between 18-19 July 2023. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).

Distribution of public UK charging points - Total charge devices: 45,737. Source: Zapmap database, 31st July 2023 https://www.zap-map.com/ev-stats/how-many-charging-points 

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