Majority of electric vehicle owners to make the switch permanent, says WhatCar?

Nine-out-of-10 electric vehicle owners do not see themselves ever switching back to diesel or petrol cars.

According to the latest research by What Car?, when asked why, 65% of owners gave the reason that electric cars are better for the environment, while 62% said the tech and cars will only improve in the future, so they see no reason to switch over.

Lower running costs were highlighted by 56% of owners, while 50% said they believe electric vehicles are better to drive. The 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars was also cited as a reason for not switching back by 36% of respondents.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 (Image:

Hyundai Ioniq 5 (Image:

For the 10% who said they are considering going back to petrol or diesel cars in the future, having a vehicle with better range was given as the main reason by 51% of respondents.

The need to own a cheaper car in the future had 20% of responses, while 15% said they believed petrol and diesel technology will improve in the future, making them more sustainable.

The study also asked electric and plug-in hybrid owners why they chose their vehicle in the first place, with 65% stating they wanted to own a car that was better for the environment.

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