Survey of EVA Scotland members finds strong EV support

Survey of EVA Scotland members finds strong EV support

Vehicle manufacturers must reduce the cost of buying electric vehicles in order to accelerate the switch away from fossil fuels, according to the results of a recent survey of members of the Electric Vehicle Association (EVA) Scotland.

Indeed, EVA Scotland found that over 83% of respondents said that purchase costs were a major factor in choosing an electric vehicle, with 50% wanting to see new electric vehicle (EV) prices reduced. Over 43% say they want to see rapid development and growth of Scotland’s EV charging infrastructure, which EVA Scotland supports and is calling on national and local government and the charge point supply industry to respond. The results come from the organisation's 2021/2 review of its members.

Furthermore, the survey found strong support for EVs in a number of different areas. Over 96% of respondents said they were very satisfied (78%) or satisfied (18%) with their EV. And looking ahead, 68% were likely or very likely to consider an EV for their next vehicle. What’s more, battery range was a key factor in choosing their current EV according for 63% of drivers, but only 14% of those surveyed thought that EVs were not suitable for long journeys.

“We firmly believe that these results show tremendous confidence in the future of all-electric vehicles as the way forward in our global battle against climate change and, if manufacturers address the current higher costs of buying an EV, the current rate of change from fossil fuel vehicles will accelerate even more rapidly," said Neil Swanson, Director at EVA Scotland.

“Members also want to see further development and growth of Scotland’s EV charging infrastructure, which EVA Scotland supports and is calling on national and local government and the charge-point supply industry to respond. The survey clearly shows that electric vehicle drivers across Scotland are unanimous in their commitment to, and expectations for, the future of EVs as the preferred mode of transportation.”

There are now over 30,000 licensed vehicles in Scotland classed as ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs), with the majority being either a pure battery or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

“The shift from ICE to electric vehicles is going to be one of the largest examples of public or private policy implementation of the next decade. EV drivers’ associations play an instrumental role in providing a support network for individuals using electric modes of transport and promoting the benefits of the electrification of transport for our environment, our health and our economy,” Swanson concluded.

Olly Goodall

Author:Olly Goodall
Date Updated:28th Jan 2022

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