Sales of the pure electric car were meant to take off in the UK this year but to date less than a 1000 have been sold.
A recent survey reveals the vast gap between electric car capabilities today and what consumers want before considering buying an electric car. The summary reveals that potential buyers expect electric cars to go further, on shorter charge times, for a cheaper buying price than today.
In the UK 85% of those polled travel less than fifty miles a day but only 5% said they would be willing to buy an electric car with that range. Range anxiety seems to be the overriding concern to the extent that the majority of car buyers would only purchase a car with a range of 200-300 miles which is twice the average of the longest range electric car on sale today. Another issue is the charge time; most respondents said they would need the car to charge in less than an hour.
Electric car manufacturers will be disappointed at the survey which was the largest survey of its kind gathering opinions from 13,000 people in 17 countries. In the UK only 11% said they would consider buying an electric car today.