Most teenagers plan to buy electric cars

Over 80% of British teenagers plan to go electric for their first car, a survey has found.

800 14-17 year-olds were interviewed for the study by futurologist Dr Ian Pearson for the Go Ultra Low campaign, a government-backed initiative. 81% of 14-year olds questioned said they planned to buy an electric vehicle as their first car within the next decade.

The study found that a majority of the interviewees associate electric cars with lower CO2 emissions, and nearly half with cleaner air. A third said that electric cars are “the types of cars that everyone will be driving one day,” while nearly nine in ten said more motorists should be driving them today.

“Young people are very aware of environmental issues,” said Dr Pearson. “They notice that electric cars are cheaper to run, so it is a clear win-win. Battery technology continues to improve, and the amount of resources needed to make an electric car will continue to fall. These technology developments will all add up, greatly reducing the environmental impact of cars while making them safer and cheaper. By 2026, demand for electric cars will almost certianly outweigh demand for ‘traditionally fuelled’ cars.”

Demand for plug-in vehicles, both hybrids and full electrics is growing very strongly at the moment. Figures for the year to the end of September show that sales of these alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) has grown by 48.7%, a market share of 2.7%.

That growth means that there will be a glut of AFVs on the used market within the next few years, bringing them within reach of those new drivers who won’t necessarily be able to stump up for a new one.

Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, said: “It’s really encouraging to see how popular electric cars have become among British teenagers – as the next generation of first-car buyers. Or research shows that younger consumers are more drawn towards environmentally-friendly purchases, including when planning which car they’ll drive when they get their license.

“Electric cars are consistently cheaper to run, so as a first car they are the logical choice,” Ms. Welch added.

Go Ultra Low is a consortium of government and industry, including the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Audi, BMW, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Renault, Toyota and Volkswagen.

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