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Wed, 11/22/2017 - 12:22 -- sdukbewiser

One third of motorists looking to switch from petrol and diesel for their next car

Wed, 22/11/2017
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One third of motorists looking to switch from petrol and diesel for their next car

Electric cars are growing in popularity, so much so that one third of motorists are looking to buy one for their next vehicle.

Simon Davis, Yahoo! News, reports:

British motorists are increasingly looking to move away from traditional petrol- and diesel-powered cars, a survey has revealed.

A poll of 19,308 AA members found that one third were hoping to make the switch from fossil fuels. Of all the members who currently own a diesel vehicle, a mere 16 per cent said their next vehicle would also be an oil-burner.

These findings have prompted the motoring organisation to further its efforts to help members who own or are looking to own an electric vehicle (EV).

Part of this is a new partnership with Chargemaster, which operates the UK’s largest EV charging network.

Through this, AA patrols will be able to recover an EV that has run out of battery and recharge it at any of Chargemaster’s POLAR network charge points.

Edmund King, AA president, said: “We have always been at the forefront of motoring innovation and as our member surveys show, the number of plug-in vehicles on the roads is going to increase quickly.

“Our partnership with Chargemaster will offer AA members fantastic benefits in the future and now gives them peace of mind in the event of an emergency.”

Chargemaster CEO David Martell said: “We recognise that charging infrastructure, whether at home, at work, or in public, is critical to increasing the uptake of EVs and supporting drivers to make the switch.

“The benefits now available to 15 million AA members means that many more drivers will have the confidence to join the thousands of people moving to electric motoring every month.”

According to ZapMap, there are currenty more than 14,000 public charging points in the UK, with roughly 300 being added every month.

Electric cars are certainly becoming more accessible, and the move away from fossil fuels will be a huge step forward. 

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