Sales in electric cars to increase

300 000 electric cars on UK roads by 2014

Britain’s car industry will see a £7.2 billion boost from electric car sales in the next three years, a new study shows.

By 2014 there will be 300,000 electric cars on Britain’s roads as consumers look for greener ways to travel, the report by GfK Automotive says. 

The survey of 5053 drivers found that 1.8 per cent of people would “definitely” buy an electric car in the next few years, which works out at about 300,000 people across the car-buying population.

Based on the new Nissan electric car – the Nissan Leaf – which sells for around £24,000, the total value of 300,000 electric cars could be £7.2 billion, GfK says. 

Seven in ten motorists have so called ‘range anxiety’ – concerns over the distances electric cars can travel. The same proportion are concerned over the limited availability of charging points, while half have reservations over the length of time taken to charge the vehicles. Two-thirds of people were also concerned about the price. 

GfK automotive expert Mark Durham says with so many people on the verge of going electric, the government, manufacturers and energy suppliers need to “grasp the nettle and address peoples concerns”.

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