51% of Ile-de-France residents ready to take the plunge, but…

Countless surveys on our fellow citizens’ interest in electric vehicles say everything and the opposite, sometimes even at the same time. As saying that the opinions expressed each time engage only those who listen to them. However, the latest one produced by OpinionWay for Electra, a specialist in fast charging of electric vehicles, is interesting.

Conducted on March 16 and 17 in the midst of war in Ukraine and soaring fuel prices in our country, this survey indeed marks the correlation that exists between a significant fact, here that penalizing at the moment T its purchasing power, and the desire to rethink its mobility. Thereby, 50% of respondents residing in agglomerations of 20,000 to 100,000 inhabitants say they are ready to switch to electric vehicles against 45% of the inhabitants of agglomerations of at least 100,000 inhabitants. Better, there are 51% of respondents residing in Ile-de-France to issue the same opinion.

Inclinations do not commit to anything

Moreover, during this same survey, nearly one in five internal combustion vehicle owners say they aim to replace it by 2025 (18%). In detail, among those with a diesel or petrol vehicle, 5% would be ready to change by the end of the year, 8% within two years and 5% from 2025. A quarter of drivers thermal vehicles expresses the wish to do so but does not comment on the exact date of change of vehicle (25%).

In terms of age groups, those under 50 are more inclined to switch to greener energies concerning their vehicle by 2025 (21%, compared to 14% of those aged 50 and over). More specifically, nearly a quarter of those under 35 want to do so within three years (24%). The well-to-do socio-professional categories, which certainly have greater purchasing power, are also more receptive to change (24% against 15% of working-class categories).

The same blocks

Obviously, the barriers to purchase mentioned remain, and are always the same, rightly or wronglyn: the cost of an electric vehicle for a majority of respondents (69%) and, going into more detail, in particular households with low incomes (less than 2000 euros per month) who are more afraid to invest in electric cars (78% vs. 66% of higher income households). Autonomy also remains one of the main sticking points since half of the owners of thermal vehicles who do not wish to switch to electric question its lack of autonomy (51%). Furthermore, the lack of charging points is also cited as a point of frustration for more than a third of respondents (40%), and even 46% of respondents living in the Paris area. Finally, the battery charging time also appears to be a hindrance, also for a third of respondents.

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