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Fuel Crisis Could Push Motorists Into EVs Sooner

The recent nationwide fuel crisis could push people to make the switch to an electric vehicle (EV) sooner, following a widely reported surge in online interest in EVs in the wake of the filling-station shortages.

Various online car sales sites revealed they had seen a huge upswing in searches relating to pure EVs in the last few days, following a week of the petrol and diesel chaos dominating daily news agendas.

With a ban on the sale of new petrol- and diesel-only cars slated to come into effect in the UK by 2030, customer sentiment is already edging towards making the change from a vehicle which runs on internal combustion to an EV.

But the fuel crisis could serve as a major ‘switching’ event that convinces some car buyers and lessees to make the move to zero-emissions motoring sooner rather than later.

The UK’s largest automotive marketplace, Auto Trader, reported that advert views for new and used electric vehicles rose 28- and 61% respectively across the past week.

Other sites that either sell or lease cars saw vastly increased online interest in EVs from consumers too, which also comes on the back of news that – for the first time on record – EVs and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) outsold diesel cars across Europe in the month of August.

Figures collated from 26 European markets show what are known as ‘low-emissions vehicles’, or EVs and PHEVs, shift in excess of 10,000 units more than diesel cars in August 2021.

Particular EVs registering an interest with UK end-users were the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the Ford Mustang Mach-E, while across Europe the Peugeot E-208, Opel (Vauxhall) Corsa-E, Hyundai Kona Electric, new Fiat 500 and the continent’s best-selling EV, the Volkswagen ID.3, were all finding favour with buyers.

If you’re interested in making the switch from internal combustion to an EV, and want to find out more, visit our electric vehicle hub.

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