For some years now, we could feel that the age of internal combustion is nearing its end. It’s pretty palpable, even among diehard petrolheads. But for all our speculations, where’s the proof? Well, those folks at Bridgestone may now have the indisputable evidence that shows yes, EVs are in, ICE is out. Their studies have shown that most UK motorists are rapidly accelerating away from fossil fuels.
The reason? Well, it’s in no small part thanks to higher fuel bills. In fact, Bridgestone’s surveys show that 67% of motorists, when asked, want to switch to EVs due to the high cost of filling up. Besides that, 47% of them wanted to transition to EVs primarily to save on fuel bills. Meanwhile, others are keen on the environmental benefits of EVs over ICE. Otherwise, there’s a familiar theme.
Lower Costs, Better For The Earth
Bridgestone’s research shows that 29% of motorists would also seriously consider car sharing. Both for reducing their emissions footprint, while also reducing costs. Although, that’s not to say that all motorists are ready to switch. Of the 2,000 people surveyed by Bridgestone, 74% are concerned about the high upfront cost to purchase an EV. The architecture raises some eyebrows, as well.
66% are worried about charging an EV, while 29% think that their range isn’t yet sufficient. Despite all this, there’s still optimism that the electric car revolution is already here. According to the SMMT, 39,315 new BEVs (battery electric vehicles) were registered in March 2022 alone. Just this singular month eclipsed the 37,850 BEVs sold for the entirety of 2019. The future is certainly bright.