Emily Seymour, Which? Sustainability Editor, said:
“Many consumers want to make the switch to electric vehicles, but the cost of living crisis is adding huge pressure to household budgets.
“Which? research has found that the upfront cost of purchasing an electric vehicle is the biggest barrier preventing drivers from switching and many felt that there aren’t enough charge points. Feedback from EV drivers revealed that the current public charging infrastructure is falling short – with unreliable charging points and confusing payment systems.
“While some may delay choosing an EV during the cost of living crisis, the government must continue working to improve the consumer experience of using public charging networks so that drivers feel confident making the switch to an electric vehicle when they are ready.”
Notes to editors:
- In June 2022 Which? conducted a survey with 2,050 UK car owners. When asked what would prevent them opting for an electric vehicle, 44 per cent said that EVs are too expensive to purchase/ lease.
- In June 2022 Which? conducted a survey with 1,452 of its members who own an electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle.