Price main blocker to purchasing an electric car

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Full electric cars are getting a bit more practical these days, so this look at electric cars has interesting results; I’m especially surprised that that people are more curious about diesel engines than electrics or PHV, plug-in hybrid vehicles.

If trains weren’t so convenient, I might look at an electric car for daily use, but at the moment I am quite happy to rely on trains and forgo any form of personal transport.

I get to play with vehicles like this at work (don’t ask, but I’m not a 7/11 delivery driver!):

Toyota COMS single-person electric car

Research results

Q1: According to the catalogue spec, how far do you think an electric car can run on a single charge? (Sample size=4,463)

1 to 50 km
23%
51 to 100 km
17%
101 to 200 km
26%
201 to 300 km
24%
301 km or more
10%

This was a free answer, which were then grouped into the ranges above. No answer or unclear answers were omitted. The most popular figure was 200 km at 20%, and two of the least popular figures were 30 km and 50 km at 7% and 5% respectively. The actual figures are for the Nissan Leaf either 228 km (24 kWh version) or 280 km for the 30 kWh version. Nissan’s e-NV200 (commercial van) manages 190 km, and Mitsubishi’s iMiEV either 120 km or 172 km.

Q2: Have you ever investigated buying a non-petrol powered car?

 
Yes, diesel
Yes, electric
Yes, PHV
Yes, hydrogen
No
All
17%
8%
5%
1%
69%
Currently investigating electric vehicle
23%
9%
5%
2%
61%

Q3: What would get you to buy an electric car?

If there was a model I liked
13%
If the worry about the range went away
18%
If charging stations increased
17%
If the price became more reasonable
45%
Already own on
0%
Other
7%

Demographics

Between the 5th and 11th of December last year (2016) 8,860 members of the Times Club (car parking, car share, car rental club) completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given.

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