UK car dealers believe the majority of their customers are open to the idea of purchasing an EV, according to a survey conducted by Motor Trader and British Gas.
The research found 32.9% of dealers believe their customers would currently consider purchasing an EV and a further 30.8% saying they would with more information.
Less than a third of dealers (30.8%) think their customers are not at all receptive to EVs.
“It’s encouraging to see two-thirds of dealers believe customers are receptive to buying an EV,” said Dan Taylor, British Gas’ director of new ventures.
“People do have a massive issue with the rise in petrol and diesel prices over the last couple of years,” he said.
The survey also found that EVs could account for 5% of the new car market by 2015 and growing to between 6-20% by 2020.
British Gas is helping dealers prepare for the arrival of EVs by offering a range of commercial and domestic charging solutions and a discounted off-peak electricity tariff for EV owners.