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Sparking the electric vehicle revolution could be achieved by flipping current thinking and homing in on the family second car, Edmund King, the AA’s president, will argue at this week’s Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership conference prior to the Battersea Formula E Grand Prix this weekend.
In his presentation ‘Can we electrify mainstream motoring?’, King makes the connection between the realities of family car use and how second cars could be circuited into powering the electric vehicle revolution. He will argue that millions of second cars could relatively easily be electric vehicles.
It is also estimated that 2.5 million second cars could become electric vehicles with home charging and, more importantly, wouldn’t need to be charged away from home.
The dominant views of second car drivers also favour electric vehicle take-up:
Another AA Populus poll, 28,265 respondents in May 2015, points to a readiness to move away from traditional fuels. Of the three quarters of them expecting to change their car within the next three years:
We must look where EVs might work, instead of trying to shoehorn them into travel patterns for which they are currently not best suited
Edmund King, AA president
"Electric vehicle range anxiety demands a different approach. We must look where EVs might work, instead of trying to shoehorn them into travel patterns for which they are currently not best suited. Even though the purchasing power and volume discounts of car fleets traditionally create a gateway for introducing new but initially expensive technologies, it hasn't taken off with electric vehicles.
“Family spending on the car tends to favour the bigger family car and/or the ‘first’ car, usually the commuting or work vehicle. The AA argues that families should consider diverting more of their available car purchase funds into the second car, and make savings on their budgets. As the second car tends to be smaller, the cost of the switch becomes more affordable.
“Financial incentives could help the change in mind-set, such as a scrappage scheme tailored (by size, age and cost at new) to replace the second car with an electric vehicle. Alternatively, when a family purchases a new larger car, manufacturers might offer a significant price reduction on a small electric vehicle should that family decide to change the second car within a matter of months.
"We also feel that events such as the Battersea Formula E Grand Prix this weekend will help boost the image of electric vehicles."
(24 June 2015)