Mobility Monitor 2019

LeasePlan, together withleading global research firm Ipsos, today released the Electric Vehicles andSustainability section of its annual Mobility Monitor. This is an internationalsurvey of over 4,000 people in 16 different countries into the big issuesfacing drivers and the automotive industry in 2019.

October 22, 2019

The key findings of theElectric Vehicles and Sustainability edition of this year’s Mobility Monitorare:

  • A surge in positiveattitude towards electric driving, with 61% of respondents indicating thatthey view zero-emission electric driving favourably. Nearly half of allsurveyed said that their opinion towards electric driving has favourablyimproved over the past three years
  • An increasing amount ofrespondents declared their intent to lease an electric vehicle (EV). Amongthose planning on leasing a car in the next 5 years, two in five (40%) saythey will choose an electric vehicle
  • The benefits of electricdriving are increasingly clear: EVs contribute to fighting climate changethrough lower CO2 emissions (according to 60% of those planning to goelectric in the next five years); help improve air quality in towns andcities through lower NOX emissions (43%); and have an overall lowerrunning cost (60%)

EV infrastructureurgently needed for the future

While the majority ofpeople surveyed view electric vehicles favourably, practical concernssurrounding infrastructure present an active barrier to entry. Specifically:

  • 51% of those planning tobuy a car in the next 5 years cited insufficient charging infrastructureas preventing them from choosing an EV, while limited driving range, or socalled “range anxiety”, was the reason another 45% said they would not goelectric
  • In Italy, Spain and theUnited Kingdom, more than 6 in every 10 respondents who plan to buy/leasea car in the next 5 years said a lack of electric charging stations wouldstop them from making the switch to electric driving
  • 80% of those who saidthey would not go electric state that insufficient charging possibilitiesin public areas are a concern for them, yet less than half view chargingat work as an area of concern

Our 2019 MobilityMonitor shows that public demand for zero-emission mobility far outpacescurrently available EV infrastructure. We need to fix this now. The EuropeanCommission, together with national governments and local authorities, must stepup and act on citizen demand for zero-emission mobility by investing in acomprehensive, pan-European charging infrastructure. Only through collective,decisive and timely action will we be able to win the fight against climatechange, and improve air quality in our towns and cities.

Tex GunningCEO of LeasePlan
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