Electric vehicles are ‘future of motoring’

Glass’s found over half of all people asked believed electric and hybrid cars would take over from petrol and diesel models in future, but nearly a third believed they were just a ‘marketing gimmick’.

However, one in ten would consider an electric or hybrid car for their next purchase, a figure which Glass’s believes is helped by the government’s plug-in grant, which will offer £5,000 off electric cars from 2011.

This will coincide with the introduction of the Peugeot iOn and the rebadged Citroen version, the C-Zero.

The four-door city cars will be some of the first electric cars to be mass produced in the UK when they arrive. While the Peugeot iOn will be available on a lease only deal of £415 per month before VAT, the C-Zero is expected to be available to buy outright.

Andy Carroll, Glass’s Managing Director, said: "The results of the survey are encouraging for the EV market and show that a large proportion of motorists can see electric or hybrid vehicles potentially replacing their main – or at least second – family vehicles, even if they are not yet willing to buy one."

Cars such as the Peugeot iOn, which has a range of 93 miles, are expected to be used as second family cars after 37 per cent of people asked agreed electric or hybrid cars could replace their second cars.

Electric and hybrid car sales are expected to increase as infrastructure is put in place. Currently electric charging stations are being installed in various places across the UK, including London and the North East.

Carroll added: "With the roll-out of the plug-in scheme, consumer awareness of electric and hybrid vehicles should really start to build".

The Peugeot iOn is available from January in the UK on a four year leasing agreement.