A survey of citizens throughout the whole of Europe reveals that the majority of them are interested in buying a “zero-emission” car. More specifically, 58% of the 11,754 interviewees stated that they were considering buying an electric car in the next few years. In Spain’s case, the percentage rose to 69%, only surpassed by Italy with a figure of 79%.

Although Europe’s leading cities have seen a substantial growth in the registration of electric cars and motorbikes (given the benefits that they offer), with this figure rising as owners replace their cars, the percentage of electric cars has still not reached 1% of all cars on the road. What really stops us from buying one? As we said in our last article, these obstacles can be summarized into two basic factors: price and range. As reasons, they are really totally unjustified since, in the long term, you actually save money with an electric car and, what is more, Europe’s extensive network of charge points gives you all the range you need.

The survey was conducted by Dalia Research as a result of the German government’s announcement that it will ban internal combustion engines from 2030 onward. By asking directly through a survey, end consumers’ intentions can be ascertained, together with their opinions on certain key aspects. Approximately one third of all these Europeans (34%) said that they would approve of “more government support for electric vehicles”, with Spain leading the field, with a corresponding figure of 44%. When Europeans were asked whether they would be in favour of “higher taxes on vehicle emissions”, they were slightly less willing to say yes. Taking all the EU countries, 22% of the interviewees would support a tax on cars that cause more pollution.

Most of the interviewees who said that they were willing to buy an electric car qualified the statement by adding that they would do so over the next few years. This clearly demonstrates the expectation fuelled by the big changes that the electric vehicle sector is about to undergo, with innovative new models like the Volkswagen ID or Renault Trezor which we talked about in our article on the Paris Motor Show. Having said that, to enjoy the benefits of a dependable electric car, it is not really necessary to wait for these prototypes, since there are currently some very interesting models on the market, like the Renault ZOE, whose range has been increased to 400 km, or the Nissan Leaf and Volkswagen e-Golf, which we referred to in previous articles.

Obviously, very positive conclusions can be drawn from this survey if we heed European citizens’ intentions. At Live, we continue to work toward promoting sustainable mobility and widespread use of electric vehicles. However, it seems that efforts must still be made to persuade end buyers to opt for a zero-emission car. By quashing the main reasons that put users off, this goal can be achieved, and manufacturers of electric vehicles are in a position to demonstrate that the electric vehicle sector is already a well-established one.

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