a new survey indicates that the vast majority of electric vehicle (EV) drivers will not replace their current car with a petrol or diesel vehicle. conducted by zap-map, a site that enables drivers to locate EV charge points in the UK and ireland, the poll was carried out in november 2020 with over 2,000 respondents. 91% said they did not plan to replace their EV with a petrol or diesel vehicle, with less than 1% desiring a petrol or diesel car. 9% of people asked said that they were not sure.

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zap-map says that the results are strong evidence of the fundamental shift in consumer attitudes in favor of environmentally friendly cars. the report adds that the majority of respondents were first-time EV drivers, with 73% stating their current vehicle was their first EV, and 52% making the purchase within the last year. driver satisfaction was notably higher for both battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, with EV drivers reporting a satisfaction score of 91 out of 100, compared with only 72 for petrol or diesel vehicles.

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according to the survey EV models which received the highest satisfaction scored included the volkswagen ID.3 (100%) and the tesla model 3 (96%). the survey results come at a time of record-breaking sales for the electric vehicle industry. latest industry figures show that for the year-to-date 9.7% of all new car sales had a plug, compared to 3.2% in 2019, and 1.1% in 2015.

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‘our latest poll shows the strong and enduring impact of switching to a clean car,’ says melanie shufflebotham, co-founder of zap-map. ‘the evidence in favor of electric vehicles grows more compelling with each one of our surveys, even in a year as disruptive as 2020. the challenge for the automotive industry is to take advantage of the opportunities that EVs present, not only in terms of the rapidly expanding range, but also ensuring that sales staff are knowledgeable enough to present the benefits to their customers.’


discover more electric vehicles on designboom here, and see a selection of EV charging stations, including ‘drive-thru’ designs by mcdonald’s in sweden.