A fully electric car is the best choice for one-in-five new car buyers

Electric Cars

An all-electric car is the best option for nearly one-in-five new car buyers in the UK, according to research by What Car?.

Analysis of the daily mileage, driving habits and vehicle requirements for more than 8400 users of the What Fuel? Calculator by the UK’s leading consumer champion and new car buying platform shows 19.2% of drivers could use a fully electric vehicle as their daily driver without compromising their routine.

What Fuel calculator found a whopping 63.8% of new car buyers should opt for a hybrid or plug-in hybrid vehicle as their next car, while diesel and petrol models came out on top for just 12.5% and 4.8% of new car buyers respectively.

The research found EVs are suitable for some drivers covering more than 15,000 miles a year and even those who live rurally, often an option discounted by such drivers. The best EVs can now cover more than 200 miles on a single charge – including the magazine’s current Car of the Year, the Kia e-Niro, which comes with a WLTP-approved 282-mile range and a What Car? Real Range of 253 miles under real-world driving conditions.

Kia e-Niro
With a range that rivals more expensive models, the e-Niro is an attractive buy

The research also revealed that many potential owners remain concerned about range, while others fail to take into account the savings from running an electric vehicle when searching for a new car.

What Car? editor Steve Huntingford said:

“There are more than 20 different fully electric vehicles available, with many giving their petrol and diesel counterparts a serious run for their money. Yet electric ownership is lagging behind its potential. Our What Car? What Fuel tool shows nearly a fifth of drivers could make a seamless switch to electric ownership right now.

Our previous research highlighted a ‘knowledge gap’ among new car buyers, with car manufacturers identified as not providing enough information on the benefits of owning an EV. Since our research, many manufacturers have updated the information on their websites, but more could still be done. The more people learn about the benefits of running and owning an electric car, the faster the technology can reach its full potential.”


The Founder of driveEV. A driving and new technology fan enjoying learning all about the future of motoring. I drive a BMW i3.

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