Survey reveals more drivers likely to purchase an electric vehicle than ever before
Results published from a recent survey carried out on behalf of the FASTER Project has revealed that 54% of motorists living in the INTERREG area (Northern Ireland, Western Scotland and Republic of Ireland – border region) are likely to choose a Battery Electric Vehicle when purchasing their next car.
Almost 1800 drivers from across the region took part in this survey which further demonstrates intentions to move away from petrol and diesel fuelled vehicles.
Drivers and transport users from across the three regions were invited to participate in the survey conducted by Glasgow based, Transport Research Partners with the aims to uncover any changes in attitudes to zero emission vehicle use over the past 12 months.
Further statistics reveal 94% of battery electric vehicle owners are likely to purchase another zero emissions vehicle in the future. Additionally, the survey revealed 88% of existing electric vehicle owners have access to charging facilities at home and 90% of owners charge their vehicle at home just once each week.
The FASTER Project, which supported the development and the distribution of this survey research is a €6.4 million EU funded initiative under the INTERREG VA programme.
Having launched one year ago, the project is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body to facilitate the transition to electric vehicles. Match-funding for the FASTER project has also been provided by the Department for Infrastructure in Northern Ireland and the Department for Transport in Ireland, as well as Transport Scotland.
The key aim of the FASTER Project is to deliver an interoperable 73 rapid charging stations across Western Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland border region before the end of October 2023.
Cllr Michelle Hall, Chair of East Border Region who are leading the FASTER project stated:
‘We are delighted in East Border Region to be at the forefront of this exciting and much needed project. The results from the survey illustrate that the 73 rapid chargers the FASTER project will bring to the three project jurisdictions of N.I., the border Region of R.O.I. and Western Scotland are vital to developing our EV infrastructure and will be well utilised. We look forward to reporting on project progress over the coming months as we proceed with procurement in each jurisdiction’.
Donal Monaghan, Behavioural Change Project Officer at South West College added:
“This past 12 months has been one of the most challenging periods for motorists and transport users living across the three project regions with fuel shortages, price increases and the rising cost of living. Not only does the survey reveal that across the project areas 54% of all motorists are strongly considering the switch to electric vehicles, over 1300 of those surveyed reflected that their awareness of electric vehicles had improved this past year with 59% of all respondents confirming that they had taken a test drive in a vehicle not powered by traditional fuels.
South West College is leading an educational programme to promote the recognised benefits of electric vehicles and to dispel any persisting myths or inaccuracies. We have developed a series of monthly webinars led by respected automotive industry professionals which are designed to answer key questions around electric vehicle use and ownership and we continually engage with a range of industry organisations and user groups to determine new and efficient methods to promote the technology.”
Over the coming months South West College will work alongside councils in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to assist them with the development of their own fleet and electric vehicle infrastructure strategies.
Other key findings from the survey include:
53 % of motorists across the INTERREG region consider the number of charge points currently available to be insufficient
51% of motorists surveyed believe that electric vehicles are better for the environment than petrol and diesel powered cars and vans
46% of motorists consider reduced running costs to be one of the major benefits of electric vehicle ownership
36% of motorists surveyed feel that the purchase price of electric vehicles when compared to their petrol and diesel counterparts is a barrier to ownership
34% of motorists consider that current public charging infrastructure across the regions is a major barrier to the continued increase in the number of plug-in vehicles on our roads
Other concerns addressed by motorists include the range capabilities of electric vehicles (21%), battery life and replacement costs (10%) and increasing electricity prices (5%)
49% of survey respondents expressed an intention to purchase a new vehicle within the next 12 months
A new survey carried out in support of the FASTER Project has revealed that 55% of motorists living across the INTERREG region (Northern Ireland, Western Scotland and Republic of Ireland Border Region) are likely to purchase a battery electric vehicle when they are next changing their car