Transport User Voice – April 2021 – Going electric: the drivers’ view

29 March 2021

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What’s the experience of electric vehicle drivers and what needs to change to encourage more people to switch to electric?

This was the subject of Transport Focus and London TravelWatch’s recent event, Going electric: the drivers’ view. With sales of new petrol and diesel cars being phased out by 2030 as part of achieving net zero carbon emissions, Transport Focus wanted to understand if drivers are thinking about going electric for their next car.

Rachel Maclean MP, the minister with responsibility for future transport, gave a keynote address and took a number of questions. We also had a great line-up of speakers from the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles, Nissan, bp pulse, the Electric Vehicle Association England, Gridserve, Moto services, Highways England and Transport for London.

Transport Focus spoke to over 1300 road users to hear their experiences and views of electric vehicles. We also explored the subject with our Transport User Community. You can hear some of the views from road users in the video below.

Our latest insight report reveals most people understand the goal of zero emissions and what happens in 2030. However, they are less clear about what will happen, or what needs to be done to get to that point, and therefore when it would be best to switch.

Following on from this work we will be talking to Highways England along with the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles about recharging points on England’s motorways and major ‘A’ roads. Among other things, we hope to be able to help benchmark how satisfied drivers are with recharging and pinpoint their priorities for improvement. This is important as considerable amounts of both Government and private money is being spent on new facilities.

You can watch the event back here.


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