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  • Aug 29th 2012 at 12:43PM
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Like Americans, British consumers talk a good game about buying electric vehicles. We'll see if they make good on it.

About two-thirds of UK consumers are receptive to the idea of buying an electric vehicle, Motor Trader and British Gas reports, citing dealer surveys. That breaks down to about a third of customers who are ready to buy EVs now and another third who would consider an electric-drive car if they were provided more in-depth information on the vehicle, the publication says. If these numbers were to bear fruit, EVs could account for five percent of all UK new-car purchases within three years and may make up as much as 20 percent of new cars by the end of the decade.

British customers are being swayed toward EVs because of a combination of higher gas and diesel prices and more concerns about the environment, Motor Trader and British Gas says.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Of course we would buy them, the biggest problem they don't sell the really useful models companies awash with cash sitting on the sidelines want in the UK at the moment. Would buy a Via Motors RHD Chevy Silverado light duty pick-up truck 120 MPG/40 on electric E-REV instantly if it was sold in the UK, British companies would snap up all the Via Motors Chevy E-REV Pic-up, Vans & SUV they could supply instantly. Only problem is they have no plans to sell them in the UK, so who is at fault me the buyer/company sitting with a pile of cash sitting on the sideline doing nothing or Chevy? My wife also will be looking at the electric VW Bulli Camper Van when it comes out next year, it will probably be the first practical spacious EV we will get in the UK worth wasting hard earned cash on. Sad to say nobody is one bit interested in EV's we are getting send at the moment, just had a look at SMMT who collect British car sales data and Electric Car sales are still falling. You would have thought the UK With a population 60,000,000 Brits would have bought more that 52 electric cars in July, they were probably all snapped up by British companies. July 2012 British Electric car sales. 52 sales down -71% (2011 EV sales 181) Sad to say we are not provided with the vehicles we want to buy at the moment, but this will change in time, a lot of British youngsters have very little interest in cars at all these days, my 31 year old daughter and all her friends don't drive, and l am 99.9% sure none of them will never drive a car ever in their lifetime, they just like spending their money on going out having a good time, i-pads, i-pods & i-phones etc but not expensive cars that they see a boring things their parents own, and dead money wasted.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Consider? Of course I would consider one. Then I would buy a C-Max, Prius C, or lease a Volt (who can not look at the Volt with those deals they have?).
      • 3 Years Ago
      You would think that mild climate (not too hot to cook the battery, not too cold to drain the battery) short commuting distances and high petrol prices would make EV's an easy sell. I don't understand why sales are so slow in the UK despite a large rage on cars of that type on offer. Is public transport that much more available (an an economical and environmental choice)? Is the recession hitting there? Obviously from this piece there is the interest (in theory).
        • 3 Years Ago
        Japan is another country where I would think EVs would take off. I don't know of any country where EVs are selling in any volume.
        • 3 Years Ago
        1) Price; 2) Selection; and, 3) Public Awareness and knowledge.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well unlike Americans, they're paying like $6/gal for gas. I'm sure we'd have a huge swing here too if we were paying that much for fuel.
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