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Young drivers are keenest to embrace EVs, says AA

Date: 22 August 2017   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

Young drivers are most likely to own an electric vehicle compared with other age ranges, new research has suggested.

According to data compiled by motoring organisation the AA, 5% of respondents aged 18 to 24 own an electric vehicle compared with just 1% of those aged over 55.

The AA polled 16,508 members last month, also finding that 4% of those aged 25 to 34 own EVs.

The perceived lack of availability of public charging points (84%) topped the list of ownership barriers cited by members, followed by the high purchase price (83%) and concerns over the durability of the battery (69%).

Other issues stopping people from making the switch to electric power include the length of time it takes to offset the higher purchase price through fuel and tax savings (66%), the range of EVs (61%) and the length of time it takes to charge an EV (60%).

"This may confound the 'boy racer' image that older people may have of young drivers. Although overall numbers are still low, it shows that young drivers are taking an interest in new car technology," said Edmund King, AA president. "It seems that young drivers certainly 'get' the concept of electric driving and our research consistently showed that it is older drivers who are putting up concerns that simply don't exist."

King added: "The fact is the average journey length in the UK is just 8.9 miles and, for most families, an EV is the ideal economical and practical solution for a second car at least. New vehicles are coming on stream with much higher practical range and there are hundreds of new public charging points being installed every month. Government incentives are designed to not only contribute towards the cost of a new EV but also for the cost of charging points at homes and work places."