More than half of Britons want second-hand EV, but battery condition remains a concern

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Around 52 percent of Britons would be open to buying a used electric vehicle as the country moves away from traditional petrol and diesel cars. The survey, from Admiral Insurance, also found that 55 percent of drivers are looking to switch to a second-hand electric car within the next five years.

With the ban on sales of new petrol and diesel cars being introduced in 2030, many motorists are starting to consider investing in an electric car. 

To help drivers considering buying a second-hand electric vehicle, Admiral has created an online tool which highlights how much a second-hand electric car would cost on average.

Professor Peter Wells, an automotive expert from Cardiff University, commented on the prospect of more people buying a second-hand electric vehicle.

He said: “In many respects, buying a second-hand EV is like buying any second-hand car and prospective buyers need to think about the vehicles’ age, mileage, overall conditions, price and expected depreciation.

“I believe there will be a strong growth in EV sales from now onwards as many cars will be returning to the second-hand market after 24 to 48 months. 

“The market for second-hand EVs is currently dominated by the Nissan Leaf, Renault Zoe, BMWi3 and Tesla.

“However, companies like Volkswagen are entering the new EV market while premium brands like Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo have pledged to go all-electric by 2025.”

But despite the optimism surrounding the second-hand electric vehicle market, many potential consumers are most concerned about battery condition.


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Almost one third (31 percent) of survey participants said that their main consideration before purchasing a second-hand electric vehicle was the condition of the battery.

This is followed by 28 percent concerned about charging range and 20 percent with running costs.

More traditional checks like how the vehicle costs, insurance prices and depreciation value were less important to drivers.

More than half of motorists (53 percent) said they would prefer to visit a garage or dealership rather than a private seller or using an online company.

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