Mobility Insights Report - Electric Vehicles Edition

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The Portuguese believe that in 2030 the majority of new vehicles will be electric or other type of zero-emission vehicles
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In Portugal 87 % of the participants had a very positive attitude towards EVs, 9 % had a neutral attitude and only 4 % had a very negative attitude. Confirming the interest of the Portuguese for EVs, 49 % responded that their next car will probably/most certainly be an electric one, 31 % might switch to electric and 20 % reported that they would probably/most certainly not switch.

Reducing CO2 emissions is the reason cited by 59% of the Portuguese for buying or leasing an electric vehicle, followed by lower maintenance costs (57%) and government grants/tax benefits (41%).

On the other hand, for 64% of the Portuguese surveyed, the purchase price is the biggest obstacle to buy an electric car, followed by limited autonomy (55%) and insufficient charging facilities (38%).

Realizing that the Portuguese are increasingly committed to switching to electric mobility makes us very happy and confirms that we have been doing the right thing in facilitating our customers' access to electric vehicles. LeasePlan is in perfect harmony with the opinion of the Portuguese and will continue in its pedagogical and facilitating role towards the transition from the internal combustion engine to alternative propulsions, aiming for zero emissions by 2030

Ricardo SilvaLeasePlan's Commercial Director

However, the report also found that, despite growing interest in EVs, respondents are increasingly worried about poor charging infrastructure, citing lack of charging stations as one the biggest roadblocks stopping them from making the switch.

The key findings of the EVs & Sustainbiltiy edition of the Mobility Insights Report – an annual survey of over 5000 drivers in 22 countries – are: 

  • There is a clear surge in positive attitudes towards electric driving, with a record 65% saying they now have a favourable view zero-emission electric driving. Nearly half (44%) of all surveyed said that their opinion towards electric driving has improved over the past three years;
  • The vast majority (61%) of respondents intending to get a new car in the next five years say they will consider an electric vehicle, indicating driver acceptance of EVs has now reached a tipping point;
  • Drivers are increasingly clear that being green doesn’t have to cost more than driving a diesel or petrol vehicle, with 46% of respondents saying EVs not only contribute to fighting climate change through lower CO2 emissions, but also agreeing that EVs have an overall lower running cost (47%);
  • But obstacles remain: 51% of those planning to buy a car in the next 5 years cited insufficient charging infrastructure (either at home, work or on public highways) as the key reason preventing them from choosing an EV, while ‘range anxiety’ was the roadblock stopping another 34% from going electric.
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Published at February 23, 2021

February 23, 2021
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