Nearly three quarters of EV buyers willing to wait longer for vehicle to be delivered

Buyers are prepared to wait longer for an electric car than for petrol or diesel-powered vehicles, the latest What Car? survey finds – but more than a fifth aren’t willing to pay extra to own one.

Nearly three-quarters of potential electric car buyers are willing to wait longer for their vehicle to arrive than if they were buying a conventional petrol or diesel car, according to the latest research from What Car?.

Polling 9837 in-market buyers, What Car? found that 72.01% would be willing to wait longer for an EV or a plug-in hybrid to be delivered, compared with a conventional petrol or diesel car. Previous research by What Car? revealed that waiting times on new electric cars have significantly fallen in the past 12 months, with the majority of new electric vehicles being available within 12 weeks; that’s on a par with delivery times for most petrol and diesel models.

However, while the majority of buyers are prepared to wait longer for an EV to arrive, just 20.87% would be willing to pay a premium for an electric or plug-in vehicle over a petrol or diesel model, according to What Car?’s figures.

Though cost remains a challenge for manufacturers of EVs to solve, dealers can mitigate against other concerns among buyers – particularly those that concern range and charging infrastructure – by offering extended test drives. What Car?’s research found that 39.17% of in-market buyers said an extended test drive with an electric or plug-in vehicle would make them more likely to consider switching to electric.

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