Only 1% Of Buyers Look For Electric Cars Despite Demonisation Of Diesels!

Added: 06 December 2017

Just one in 100 car buyers are actively looking at new electric vehicles, despite the Government announcing an investment of over £500m in incentives and infrastructure, according to data released by What Car?

In the weeks since Chancellor Philip Hammond caused mass confusion over the future of cleaner diesels in his Budget, analysis of new car enquiries has shown no immediate downturn in consumer interest in diesels; a third (30%) are still considering the fuel type.

Despite new car buyers being able to secure significant discounts on electric models, two thirds of car buyers are still looking for petrol cars. Meanwhile, searches for the best deals on hybrids account for just 8% of all dealer enquiries.

Steve Huntingford, editor of What Car?, explained: “The fact remains that the car-buying public is only at the start of the journey from switching from engine cars to electric ones - and until more people are convinced of the benefits of electric cars the Government should be trying to encourage people to move into newer, cleaner cars rather than punishing them for doing so with added taxes.

"Right now, it is clear the Government’s strategy to demonise the new, low-CO2 clean diesels rather than introduce a car scrappage scheme to take older, dirtier diesels off the road and protect the CO2 targets, is not having the impact the Chancellor wanted.”

Here at Day’s, we have been running scrappage schemes at all of our branches and until 31st December 2017, you can still take advantage of Ford and Peugeot’s incentives. Not only will you be buying a new, more efficient vehicle, you also rid the roads of your older, more polluting vehicle responsibly.

If you’d like to find out more about the range of new cars we offer at Day’s, we will be very happy to hear from you and chat through their environmental credentials.

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