Alternative fuels a hit with Brits

The majority of British people would consider buying a new alternatively-fuelled car in the next two years, a study has claimed.

A survey of more than 2,000 drivers in the UK has revealed that 65 per cent of those questioned showed a definite interest in either hybrid or all-electric cars.

According to the stats, the most popular choice was a standard hybrid model, which uses a conventionally-fuelled engine to power it, complemented by an electric motor to increase efficiency.

This comes in spite of the fact that non-rechargeable hybrid models often don’t have the same benefits as plug-in or all-electric vehicles, such as reduced road tax or exemption from the London Congestion Charge.

Regardless, both plug-in hybrids and fully electric vehicles also proved to be popular with those surveyed, as did other less common fuels like hydrogen fuel cell technology.

Younger drivers were found to be the most likely to choose an alternatively-fuelled vehicle, with those aged 18-24 the biggest fans of plug-in hybrids and fully-electric vehicles. Those in the 25-34 age bracket, meanwhile, were found to be most likely to consider a non-rechargeable hybrid car.

The survey also found that there were geographical differences, with attitudes towards alternate fuels varying depending on where respondents lived.

Those who live in the North East of the country were revealed to be the most receptive to the idea of driving a hybrid or electric vehicle, while Yorkshire natives were shown to be the least enthusiastic.

Figures showed that 43 per cent of respondents from Yorkshire weren’t in favour of alternately fuelled cars, and said that they wouldn’t consider buying a hybrid or electric vehicle.

Nissan Leaf

Regardless, hybrid and electric vehicles have proven to a be a hit around the country, with the Nissan LEAF breaking sales records, with nearly 1,000 models sold in the first quarter of 2014 alone.

James Wright, Nissan GB’s managing director, said: “The continued success of the Nissan LEAF comes as no surprise to those of us who have been involved with its development since the start.

“Designed from the wheels up as a 100 per cent electric model, it blazed the trail for EV technology when it was launched and today it still leads the way.”

Prices for the Nissan LEAF currently begin at £15,990 when choosing a battery leasing deal and when taking into account the Government’s Plug-in car grant worth £5,000. With the battery purchased outright, a basic LEAF starts at £20,990.

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