Majority of buyers want electric versions of existing cars

Majority of buyers want electric versions of existing petrol and diesel models

Nearly two-thirds of in-market car buyers would be more comfortable buying an electric version of a regular model rather than one designed as an electric vehicle, according to the latest research by What Car?.

In its latest weekly survey of 8629 in-market buyers, 64.80% told What Car? they would be more comfortable buying electric versions of existing models they are familiar with, rather than spending money on a bespoke electric vehicle.

Manufacturers are currently split between their offerings. Peugeot and Vauxhall, for example, have recently launched fully electric variants of their existing models, the Peugeot e-2008 and e-208 and the Vauxhall Corsa-e, which are offered alongside conventional diesel and petrol variants of those cars. Other manufacturers instead offer bespoke electric vehicles, such as the Renault Zoe and Nissan Leaf.

The same survey also revealed that 32.43% of potential electric vehicle buyers would prefer to see electric vehicles feature different number plates from normal cars, helping them stand out for both buyers and other road users.