Increasing Number Of Learner Drivers Want An EV As Their First Car

A new survey has revealed that a significant number of learner drivers want an EV as their first car after passing their test…

‘Make My First Car Electric’

A new survey from YouGov, which consisted of 500 learner drivers, has discovered that a growing number of them want an EV as their first car. Overall, 42% said that they wanted their first motor to be electric, either fully or in the form of a hybrid. The survey also revealed a gender discrepancy, with male provisional licence holders being more likely to want an electric model. Some 30% of males want one as their first vehicle as opposed to 23% of females.

In addition, interest in ICE models seems to be declining amongst leaners. Just a fifth of the survey’s respondents (21%) said they specifically want a petrol model. For diesel, the figure was even lower at 6%. Finally, 30% of the respondents said that they weren’t sure what they wanted their first car to run on.

The Green Agenda

Bill Fennell, Chief Ombudsman and Managing Director of the Motor Ombudsman, believes there’s an increasingly popular ‘green agenda’ when it comes to motor vehicles. He said, “with the nation’s appetite for zero emission motoring growing, and the green agenda becoming ever more prominent in the buying habits of consumers, it is interesting to see that a large proportion of existing and prospective learner drivers are set to follow suit when they get the keys to their own car”.

According to the SMMT, around a quarter of new vehicles will be electrified to some extent by the end of 2022; a testament to their rising popularity. A combination of of climate awareness, and a desire to make long-term savings, are likely driving people to the cleaner powertrain. Not to mention the 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles.

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