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Electric cars are still a turn-off – say AA members

Electric cars are still a turn-off – say AA members

Electric cars are still a turn-off – say AA members

Only one in eleven AA members buying a car in the next three years would consider going electric or hybrid according to a new AA-Populus poll responded to by 27,662 members.

The October poll follows one at the turn of the year last year which showed members’ top considerations for their next car were reliability (rated as important by 99% of AA members), safety (95%), comfort (85%) and running costs (84%). Only 55% considered environmental sensitivity important.

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Emissions scandal

Edmund King AA president, said “Despite the diesel emissions scandal 28% of drivers are still considering this option which is remarkably close to the 30% who said the same in December 2014 and 29% in May 2015.

"However, the petrol engine remains the top choice for AA member’s next car and this is understandable given the increasingly frugal fuel economy now on offer in many models.

“Diesel tends to be a more popular option with high mileage drivers but as the average UK car mileage is now running at around 7,000 per annum it is not surprising that petrol tops the poll.

Jury's out on electric

"When it comes to electric cars the jury remain out on this one – again hardly surprising given the high up front cost and range-anxiety being an issue for some. Potential hybrid purchasers may be in for a big shock post April 2017 when a new car tax system for new cars comes into play. After that date only pure electrics will benefit from zero annual car tax*. All other cars will face a £140 annual car tax bill and cars costing over £40,000 will face a £310 p.a. surcharge too”.


(30 November 2015)

59% agree that the proposed new VED system penalises low CO2 cars rather than incentivises them as there will not be enough zero CO2 cars available by 2017 (July 2015 (29,267 respondents).

*There are 445 car models currently in tax band A (£0) they are listed here.  But there are currently only 13 car models that are pure electric (zero CO2).