More than half of Brits expect to go electric within five years

File photo dated 12/06/15 of a general view of an electric car charging point at Chester Services. New diesel and petrol cars and vans will be banned from 2040 as part of efforts to tackle air pollution, the Government is expected to announce.

It seems every week another car manufacturer announces a new hybrid or all-electric car, and some have even pledged to electrify their entire model ranges as early as 2020. Luckily for manufacturers, it looks like the car-buying public is ready for such a shift.

In a recent poll by specialist electric and hybrid car website Total EV, 51 per cent of motorists said they expected to buy an electric car within five years.

Currently, there are around 110,000 plug-in cars registered around the country – so far in 2017, they make up 1.6 per cent of new car sales. However, Total EV's survey suggests this could dramatically increase over the next few years.

Forty-five per cent of motorists cited rising fuel costs for their willingness to change to an EV, while 35 per cent claimed environmental concern. However, motorists polled also had plenty to say about the potential barriers to EV ownership – 27 per cent mentioned the cost of buying an electric vehicle, 22 per cent were worried about the lack of charging points and infrastructure, and 20 per cent saw a potential problem with a lack of electric range.

Interestingly, men appear to be driving the shift towards EVs – 60 per cent of male drivers polled expected to drive an EV within five years, while only 42 per cent of women felt the same way.

Daniel Green, founder of Total EV said: "The world is moving away from petrol and diesel to electric. The public wants it, the government wants it, and the environment needs it. But where are the manufacturers and how and when should drivers get involved?

"This survey confirms what we already suspected – that Britain has woken up to the benefits of electric driving. The industry needs to wake up fast."

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