People expect electric cars ‘to be known as cars by 2030’ when plug-in models become mainstream

More than two thirds (69 per cent) of people expect electric cars to be simply known as ‘cars’ by 2030, a new survey suggests.

The poll also indicated that 33 per cent believe seeing their family and friends driving electric vehicles (EVs) changes the way people perceive the technology.

Go Ultra Low, the Government-backed electric car awareness campaign, commissioned the survey of 2,000 adults.

Electric cars currently hold a 1% share of the UK´s new car market, but that's expected to balloon in coming years And motorists will have little choice to own one from 2040, as the government plans to ban the sale of all new petrol and diesel vehicles from beyond this deadline And motorists will have little choice to own one from 2040, as the government plans to ban the sale of all new petrol and diesel vehicles from beyond this deadline

And motorists will have little choice to own one from 2040, as the government plans to ban the sale of all new petrol and diesel vehicles from beyond this deadline

Data published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders shows 17,393 pure electric new cars were registered during the first eight months of the year, up 93 per cent compared with the same period in 2018.

These cars now hold a one per cent share of the new car market.

However, this is due to increase at a rapid rate over the coming years as more plug-in models become available, all with longer driving ranges and shorter charging times.

And motorists will have little choice but to own one in they want a new car from 2040, as the Government plans to ban the sale of all new petrol and diesel vehicles from beyond this deadline. 

But industry experts have warned that demand will be limited unless charging infrastructure is significantly improved.

A recent survey identified which of the current public electric car charger providers have the best services. 

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