The politicians at Christiansborg have done the groundwork in order to prepare for the transition to up to 1 million electric cars on the Danish roads. An ambition that, however, is still far from being achieved.
But there is reason for optimism, says the world's largest leasing company, LeasePlan, which has just published its Mobility Insights Report, which examines people’s attitudes towards electric cars both in Denmark and the rest of the world, including how consumers' attitudes have changed in the last three years.
On top of that, LeasePlan Denmark has a Voxmeter survey among Danes. 47 percent of the Danes answer that their general attitude towards electric cars has become 'more positive' or 'much more positive' in the last three years. 43.5 percent respond that their positions are unchanged, while 6 percent have become 'more negative' or 'much more negative' towards electric cars. 1.8 percent of the respondents already drive an electric car.
"We clearly experience that more and more Danes are interested in choosing an electric car next time. They want to do this because it is the future and because they are ready to try something new that is also good for the climate. The same goes for our own customers, who are full of anticipation and have been waiting for the technology, the infrastructure and the right car selection. In addition, we experience that many have gradually tried an electric car or know someone who has one, and this clearly an important barrier to get dismantled," says Michael Olsen, CEO of LeasePlan Denmark.
He emphasizes that LeasePlan has experienced an increasing demand for plug-in hybrid cars in particular due to the larger selection than in electric cars in particular, and because one may not be quite willing to take the big leap to pure electricity yet. But it is certainly also due to the government's new legislation on car taxes and the growing selection.