Survey: EV Owners Prefer Charging To Gassing Up

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Posted on EVANNEX on October 15, 2021 by Charles Morris

What’s it like to drive an electric vehicle? To paraphrase an old ad campaign, ask a person who owns one. NewMotion, a European charging network owned by oil giant Shell has released its latest annual survey of EV drivers, and the findings should make interesting reading for anyone thinking of buying an EV (or for companies looking to sell EV-related products).  

The 2021 NewMotion EV Driver Survey (via The Next Web) asked 10,000 drivers from Germany, the Netherlands, France, the UK and Belgium about their driving and charging habits.

What was the main reason they went electric? Conventional wisdom is that most car buyers don’t care about the polar bears, and that it’s the better performance and greater convenience of EVs that close sales. In the European market at least, this isn’t necessarily the case—nearly 60% of NewMotion’s respondents said the environmental impact was their main reason for buying an EV. Of course, these are early adopters, and the remaining 40% who bought based on performance, coolness or cost savings is still a large number, so it’s probably wise for automakers to continue appealing to buyers’ baser instincts.

Where do people charge? At home, at work and in public, in that order. Some 68% of respondents own a home charging station, and 38% have access to workplace charging. However, a substantial 15% said they have neither option, and must rely on public charging.

The most popular location for public charging was on-street, chosen by 62% of respondents as their preferred place to top up. Some 46% said they like to charge at parking garages, shopping centers and leisure destinations.

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