A survey conducted this month for Elektromotive, an electric vehicle infrastructure provider, revealed that two thirds (65.7 per cent) of the drivers would be more likely to buy EVs if charging posts were readily available in car parks and at roadsides all over the United Kingdom.
Only 7.8 percent of the total 1,417 respondents disclosed that the greater availability of charging posts would not make them more likely to purchase the vehicle.
At least 26.5 percent are ‘undecided’, implying that a significant minority still need to be convinced about the electric vehicles' benefits and viability.
Currently, the Government is running an incentive program that will allow consumers to obtain savings of £5,000 on the purchase price of a new electric vehicle. However, only 534 grant applications were submitted in the entire UK during the first quarter of 2011 when the program began.
Moreover, the Elektromotive survey suggests that the lack of a publicly-available and widespread recharging infrastructure could be among the many factors that limits the demand for EV. Elektromotive is the leading provider of EV charging stations in the UK.
It has currently installed at least 600 Elektrobay charging stations in car parks and on roadsides all over the nation. The company disclosed that in order to eliminate "range anxiety" where drivers fear that they will run out of power in between charges, more stations have to be installed.