More EV charge points top of motorists’ wishlist for Spring Budget

March 01, 2024 by

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The Spring Budget is an important opportunity for the government to introduce incentives for electric vehicles (EVs). But what’s top of motorists’ wishlists? Read on to find out…

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London, UK – Motorists want the Chancellor to prioritise policies that support the transition to Electric Vehicles (EVs) according to the latest research from Carwow.

Carwow polled over 1,000 motorists specifically about what they’d like to see in the Spring Budget on 6 March, and 74% said they don’t think the Government is doing enough to support the transition to EVs.

When asked what policies they’d like to see put in place to help motorists make the switch, top of the wishlist was ‘more charging points’ with 59% of respondents saying the Government should be investing in improving EV infrastructure

Almost half (45%) said they’d like the Chancellor to review pricing of electricity tariffs for EV public charging, while 41% said they’d like to see more incentives to encourage EV ownership, such as eliminating road tax for EVs

Motorists also want to see more investment in roads – 89% said they think the Government should use fuel duty and vehicle tax funds exclusively for road maintenance and improvements.

Motorists want more money investment in roads

The research also suggests that a carrot works better than a stick when it comes to environmental policies to support the switch to EVs. More than half (51%) of those polled said they’d like the Government to introduce more money off schemes and financial incentives compared to just 12% who would like to see the expansion of Ultra Low Emission Zones and Clean Air Zones.

John Rawlings, Consumer Editor at Carwow said: “There is a clear message here from motorists to the Chancellor – more needs to be done to support the transition to EVs. 

“We know from previous research that while two in five (38%) people would consider an EV for their next car, the lack of infrastructure – specifically charging points – is a sticking point for motorists, as is the initial cost of buying an EV. 

“Our latest research confirms that these issues are still key, with the majority of motorists now calling for the Chancellor to put specific policies in place to increase the number of charging points and make it cheaper for people to buy an electric car.

“When the Government announced its decision to delay the ban on the sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles back to 2035, polling at the time revealed that one in four (24%) of motorists were less likely to buy an electric vehicle directly in response to that delay.

“Motorists need to trust that the transition to EVs is being supported by policymakers as they decide which car they’ll be choosing next, so any commitment by the Chancellor will go a long way towards buoying motorists’ confidence.”


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About the survey

Q1. Do you think the Government should use fuel duty & vehicle tax funds exclusively for road maintenance and improvements? 1121 respondents

Q2. Is the Government doing enough to support the transition to electric vehicles? 926 respondents

Q3: What do you think the Government should do to help motorists? 780 respondents 

Q4: Which environmental policies would you like to see more of? 700 respondents