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One third of AA members aim to switch from diesel and petrol for next car

Date: 09 November 2017

According to a major AA-Populus survey of 19,308 drivers, a third of AA members aim to switch from diesel and petrol for their next car purchase.

Currently, 41% of AA members own diesel cars, but when asked if their next car will be diesel, this drops 60% to just 16%.

Responding to this potential shift in propulsion, the AA is partnering with Chargemaster, the UK's largest provider of EV charging infrastructure, to help AA members who already own - or are considering buying - an electric vehicle.

AA patrols have undergone training in how to deal with breakdowns involving electric or hybrid vehicles using a specialised rig, while the AA will use the Polar network operated by Chargemaster to provide an emergency backup solution if an EV driver runs out of charge.

Stranded vehicles will be recovered to the nearest Polar network charging point and provided with a complimentary charge to get them back on the road as soon as possible. 

AA president Edmund King OBE said: "We have always been at the forefront of motoring innovation and as our member surveys show, the number of plug-in vehicles on the roads is going to increase quickly. 

"So we want to ensure that all of our members are supported on the road, no matter what vehicle they drive. Our partnership with Chargemaster will offer AA members fantastic benefits in the future and now gives them peace of mind in the event of an emergency."

David Martell, chief executive of Chargemaster, said: "In many ways we have passed the tipping point for electric vehicle adoption in the UK, and the pace of change over the coming years will be quite dramatic.

"We recognise that charging infrastructure, whether at home, at work or in public, is critical to increasing the uptake of EVs and supporting drivers to make the switch. Although many people are concerned about the number of charging points, the reality is that including dedicated units fitted at home, there are as many charging points in the UK as there are electric cars."

"The benefits now available to 15 million AA members mean that many more drivers will have the confidence to join the thousands of people moving to electric motoring every month."