According to an exclusive poll of over 3000 car buyers, 54 per cent would consider purchasing an electric vehicle. The poll was created by the Electric Vehicle Council and conducted via leading car sale and review website during July.

Other findings included: 49% see themselves driving an electric vehicle in 2030; 50% would pay more for an equivalent electric vehicle compare to petrol/diesel; 92% agreed public charging infrastructure was important in encouraging them to buy an electric vehicle; and 55% indicated they would power their electric vehicle via solar panels.

If governments came to the party with subsidies to purchase EVs, 40% would be encouraged to purchase.

The main factors encouraging purchase of an EV are running and maintenance costs, safety features, driving performance, and environmental footprint. The leading factors discouraging purchase are purchase costs compared to petrol and current accessibility of charging infrastructure.

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