VAB e-Barometer: who wants to buy an electric car?January 5, 2020
According to the VAB, too little attention is paid to consumers in the market developments for electric driving. That is why it has set up the e-Barometer, a survey of 4,000 motorists on electric driving.
The car market is clearly accelerating towards electric driving. The constructors see monster fines hanging over their heads like a sword from Damocles if they don’t get their average CO2 emissions low enough, while governments also have to meet climate targets and therefore give serious premiums or tax benefits to those who drive electrically. But according to the VAB, far too little attention is paid to consumers. The mobility club has therefore asked 4,000 motorists about their buying intentions and charging options for electric cars, the so-called e-Barometer. The main conclusion? Much still needs to be done before we can really switch.
Lease cars first
Who has the most intention to buy an electric car? These are people with a company car that drive less than 30,000 km a year. Striking: those who now drive with a plug-in hybrid, are more likely to switch to fully electric than to take a rechargeable hybrid again. 10% of lease car drivers have the intention to purchase an electric car, compared to 5% with private individuals. Age and place of residence do not matter much for the intention to purchase, only people younger than 25 and older than 75 are less inclined to buy an EV, presumably due to the price. The charging options are what the place of residence does influence.
Preferably at home or at work
Whoever buys an electric car prefers to charge it at home. People with a company car also see a charging point at work. But public charging points close to home or on the road are not so appreciated by the limited availability, the high price per kWh and the clumsiness that comes with it. And if you want to charge at home, you must also have the facilities for that. The VAB therefore asks cities and building promoters to take into account charging facilities for an electric vehicle fleet. Smartgrid solutions can thereby relieve the electricity grid by smarter distribution of demand according to needs.
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