Price and autonomy, among the brakes when buying an electric car

The price of electric cars continues to be, for another year, the main impediment to their purchase, and even many drivers They do not know the MOVES III Plan of aid for the installation of charging points. For 51% of consumers surveyed in the 2023 Sustainability and Consumption Study of the Cetelem Observatory, they are too expensive. For its part, low autonomy is the second most mentioned reason why they would not buy an electric car, with 36% of the responses, followed by the lack of charging points, with 35%. Also notable, among the most commented impediments, is the lack of confidence in this type of vehicle, which is the reason why it shows greater growth compared to the previous year with 18% of mentions compared to 12% the previous year.

Still, the options preferred are plug-in hybrid cars, with 11% of the mentions; and vehicles with combustion engines, also with 11%. They are followed by electric (10%), hybrid (7%) and fuel cell and LPG, both, with 2%. Overall, the percentage of purchase intention for electrified cars exceeds that of combustion engines.

If we only take into consideration cars with a ZERO Emissions label, the purchase intention practically doubles that of gasoline and diesel models. Particularly noteworthy is the purchase intention of pure electric vehicles (EV) among younger people aged 18 to 24, with 14% of mentions.

What’s more, the current electricity price situation would cause 44% of those surveyed to delay their planned purchase, waiting for a drop in the price of energy. 34% say that they would change their purchase for a traditional combustion car, with younger people aged 18 to 24 standing out above the average with 48% of mentions, and only 23% would go ahead with their planned purchase of electric car.

Likewise, 34% of those surveyed would be interested in installing a charging station in their home. Of them, 53% have their own parking space in a community parking lot and 47% have a single-family home. The main reasons why respondents would install a charging point in their home are energy and economic savings (36%), safety and comfort (29%); and, to a lesser extent, environmental awareness and vehicle battery conservation (19% and 16% respectively).

On the other hand, among the main reasons why they would not install a charging point, we find in first place a significant 50% who do not have a single-family home or their own parking space to be able to carry out the installation, followed by 33%. who say that the installation cost is very high and 12% prefer to recharge the battery at public access points.

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