Britons cut down on driving to reduce their carbon footprint – new study

The research, of 2,000 adults by EDF Energy, however, found a fifth would drive more if they owned an electric vehicle. The study also found the cost of diesel and petrol is also having a negative effect on UK tourism. Fifty-seven percent said they would have visited more British landmarks if it wasn’t for high fuel prices. EDF has teamed-up with Ore Oduba, the TV presenter and Strictly Come Dancing 2016 champion, to encourage people to get out and see more of Britain. He said: “There’s no better way to spend your summer than exploring the amazing British isles with family or friends. And doing so in an electric vehicle significantly reduces fuel costs and the impact on the environment compared to a traditional vehicle.”

The EDF research, carried out through OnePoll, also found more Brits have been to the Eiffel Tower than to Stonehenge – despite it being one of the nation’s most iconic landmarks.

Sixty-one per cent of Britons have been to see The Iron Lady in Paris, compared to 54 per cent who have visited the prehistoric monument in Wiltshire.

But Loch Ness is the landmark Brits would most like to visit – ahead of the likes of Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and Tower Bridge.

Béatrice Bigois, a spokesman for EDF Energy, said: “Misconceptions around electric vehicles mean many people still see them as impractical and restrictive.”

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