Staggering poll reveals 88 percent would not switch to an electric vehicle

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The sale of new petrol and diesel cars will be banned in the UK from 2030 forcing Britons and manufacturers to invest in zero-emission vehicles.

In 2023, electric vehicles (EVs) will account for 18 percent of global car sales, with some 14 million EVs, including both battery-only and plug-in hybrids, expected to be sold, according to forecasts by the International Energy Agency (IEA).

IEA executive director Fatih Birol said: “The internal combustion engine has gone unrivalled for over a century, but electric vehicles are changing the status quo. By 2030, they will avoid the need for at least 5mn barrels a day of oil.”

The price of buying an EV on the used car market is now almost 10 percent cheaper than last year. 

However, a new poll has shown 88 percent of readers are against making the switch.

In a poll that ran from 10am on Saturday, April 29, to 2pm on Friday, May 12, asked readers: “Would you consider switching to an electric vehicle?”

Overall, 4,467 votes were cast, with the vast majority of readers, 88 percent (3,934 people) answering, “yes”, they would consider making the change. Meanwhile, seven percent (291 people) said, “no”. 

Some four percent (183 people) said they “already have” made the switch and just one percent (59 people) said they did not know.

Dozens of comments were left below the accompanying article as readers discussed whether or not they would make the change.

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The predominant argument among readers was against switching to an EV, with username Shopper declaring: “EVs are the biggest con on the environment, sooner people learn the better.”

Likewise, username nexxy remarked: “EV are not cleaner, and no i wouldnt have one unless they banned all petrol and diesel cars entirely.

Another, username flatroofer wrote: “EVs are expensive, cost more than petrol and diesel to run, unreliable, there will never be enough chargers in the right places, they are not ‘eco’ friendly and just another con on the population.”

Other readers commented that they would consider switching to a hybrid vehicle. Username Bumpy Grollix said: “No! It’s far too early to make that decision, though I might consider a hybrid.”

Yet others were more positive about transitioning to an EV, with username Garibaldi writing: “EVs are fantastic.”

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