E-mobility is gaining ground all over the world
Zurich, 20 November 2019 – For this year’s Mobility Monitor, LeasePlan worked in partnership with Ipsos to survey more than 4,000 people in 16 countries around the world on the key themes in the automotive industry. The first part of the report offers in-depth insights into public opinion on emission-free mobility and highlights the challenges associated with purchasing and leasing electric vehicles.
E-mobility is becoming increasingly popular worldwide
Electric vehicles have found much more traction throughout the surveyed countries in the past three years. On average, more than 60% of interviewees have a positive opinion about e-mobility. It is also interesting to note that the volume of combustion vehicles has remained virtually unchanged. In other words, e-mobility is being positioned as an additional format alongside petrol and diesel – it is not replacing them. With attitudes towards e-mobility having changed, it stands to reason that buyers are much more interested in electric vehicles: one in three now want to buy or lease an electric car. Aside from increased awareness of the need for sustainability among the public at large, buyers are primarily drawn to electric drives due to the low operating costs and good environmental footprint.
The spread of e-vehicles is being held back by the charging infrastructure
An insufficient charging infrastructure and a high purchase price are the most frequently cited arguments against buying an e-vehicle. Although some countries do offer attractive subsidies that enable the purchasing costs to be reduced, the lack of charging infrastructure has yet to be remedied in a concerted way. As a result, supply is currently unable to cover demand in terms of charging requirements – and this disparity is only set to grow. It is now down to the EU and local governments to install the required infrastructure and allow e-mobility to keep developing unabated. Ultimately, this is in all of our interests because environmentally friendly drive formats are essential for mitigating the effects of climate change.
E-mobility in Switzerland
It is easier than ever before to make the switch to an electric car. A reduction in battery, electricity and maintenance costs means that electric vehicles are now an increasingly attractive option, even in purely economic terms. In addition, the government is now implementing measures to further develop electric mobility, provide tax breaks and install public charging stations.