1/3 of Car Buyers are Unsure on Fuel Choice

1/3 of car buyers are unsure whether to purchase a petrol, diesel, hybrid or electric vehicle.

Research conducted among 2,000 motorists by Opinium survey on behalf of InsuretheGap.com, shows:

  • Drivers aged 18-34 are even more undecided with 41% saying they are unsure on what type of fuel-powered car to go for.
  • 31% of drivers say they are keeping their current car for longer due to uncertainty.
  • 57% of drivers (54% men v 59% women) still feel the issues around running an EV are too daunting to buy.
  • Almost 3 in 10 drivers said they would still buy a diesel car (34% men and 25% women).
  • 26% of drivers over the age of 55 are likely to buy a diesel car, compared to ages 18-34 (34%) and ages 35-54 (32%).

Ben Wooltorton, InsuretheGap Chief Operating Officer, said: “From 2035 or sooner, drivers will only be able to buy electric or hydrogen cars, however, looking at the results of this survey this looks like a big leap of faith for many consumers who are clearly unsure about what type of car they should be buying. You can understand why people are feeling insecure as we were told not long ago that we should all buy diesel, and now diesel is being banned. It seems that many drivers need greater confidence that the issues around running an electric car are resolved before they will commit.”

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