Car leasing customers could be among the motorists considering the benefits of electric vehicles.
According to a study carried out by Glass’s, the UK valuation expert, 53 per cent of drivers are now looking into driving a plug-in or hybrid vehicle – a fivefold increase since July 2010.
The organisation found that the introduction of the Plug-in Car Grant Scheme has had a significant impact on people’s desire to get behind the wheel of such a vehicle.
Andy Carroll, managing director at Glass’s, commented: “This is a phenomenal increase in a very short space of time and represents a fast-growing acceptance of the emergence of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles into the mass market.”
However, he stressed that more needs to be done to encourage drivers to use the new technology available, adding that the government needs to clearly communicate the benefits of opting for hybrid or plug-in cars.
Nine models, including the Peugeot iOn, Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi i-MiEV, are currently eligible to receive the government grant.
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