- AutoTrader says used EV searches up 61% over the weekend – 28% new
- Carwow said the fuel supply crisis could be the most impactful switching event ever
- Reports of rising EV interest come as some filling stations have been forced to close due to stockpiling purchases by selfish stockpiling motorists.
Online motor sales sites have tracked huge spikes in electric car interest in recent days, with panic buying of petrol potentially triggering the ‘most impressive switching event ever’.
Hundreds of thousands of commuters unable to fill up on Monday were forced to work from home, while some taxi drivers were unable to hit the road as the forecourts began to run out of petrol and diesel.
Visuals of heavy tailbacks outside filling stations and motorists filling jerry cans dominated the national media since Friday, with motorists rushing to pumps amid concerns about a lack of HGV drivers to deliver fuel supplies. Started.
For some, this may be the turning point for their intentions to leave their internal-combustion-engined cars and get behind the wheel of an EV.
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The bedlam that has been seen in recent days has led to a surge in demand for electric cars, with the UK’s largest automotive marketplace, AutoTrader, claiming that electric car advertising ideas may well push the switch. More Britons have skyrocketed in the form of toys. Ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel models in 2030.
“We are all familiar with the idea of range anxiety, but the events of the past few days mean we are entering an era of fuel anxiety,” said Ian Plummer, Commercial Director at Auto Trader.
“We have seen a huge jump in consumer engagement for electric cars in our market over the weekend.
‘Not only did the number of ad views for new and used electric models increase by a record 28 percent and 61 percent respectively over the past weekend, but we also saw a massive increase in the number of people sending inquiries to retailers, a with sent every two minutes.
‘This shows that people are not only flirting with the idea of electricity but also actively encouraging them to shop.’
For some people, the lack of fuel over the past few days at filling stations may be the turning point for their intention to abandon their internal-combustion-engined cars and switch to EVs, according to new and used vehicle retailers.
The auto trader said ad views for second-hand electric models rose 61% over the weekend as more drivers are tempted by the prospect of charging at home and avoiding petrol stations.
Motor sales platform Carvo also claims to have experienced an ‘unprecedented surge’ in people wanting to switch to electric vehicles, with online searches up 28 percent on Friday – when panic buying began – 43 percent on Saturday. and as high as 56 percent by Sunday.
Cepi Arani, Carvo’s business director, said: ‘The scene of a fuel supply crisis and panic at pumps could prove to be the most impressive switching event ever, with more people considering switching to electricity than ever before.
He adds, “The level of demand for EVs through Carvo this weekend has been absolutely unprecedented and is anecdotal evidence that more people are looking to make the switch.”
‘After the weekend of queuing, frustration and frenzy, having the option of charging your vehicle from the comfort of your home, or from a public charging point, seems like a joy to more and more people.
‘What’s more, with the prices of used cars soaring, there’s never really been a better time to sell your car and switch to electric – you’ll get a great price for your current vehicle, you’ll be ready for it. There will be more than just NetZero changes that are inevitably coming, and you’ll never have to worry about fuel shortages again.
‘We’ve seen a whopping 94 percent increase over the past week – with people researching EV ownership and reviewing our Electric Vehicle Advice Center, researching a range of vehicles, finding out about home charging and visiting your local charging point. Number of people searching. ‘
Hundreds of thousands of commuters unable to fill up on Monday were forced to work from home, while some taxi drivers were unable to hit the road as petrol and diesel began to run out in the forecourt.
Cepi Arani, Carvo’s business director, said the fuel supply crisis and the panic at the pumps could turn out to be the ‘most impressive switching event ever’.
EVs and PHEVs sell diesel in Europe in August
Official figures collected from 26 European markets show that pure electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids outpaced new diesel car sales across the continent for the first time on record.
The sharp rise in demand last month saw these plug-in vehicles have their second largest monthly market share after all, registering 21% of all cars.
They combined sold 10,100 units of diesel vehicles.
Demand was particularly strong for electric versions of the Fiat 500, Peugeot 208, Hyundai Kona, Opel Corsa and Kia Niro, in addition to the Volkswagen ID.3 – Europe’s best-selling EV during the month.
Additional research by the energy team at Uswitch claimed there was a 91 percent increase in searches for electric cars on Monday alone, with the biggest spike being recorded in Cheshire.
Expert website Electrifying.com claims to have registered a 75 percent increase in searches on its website over the weekend.
Further analysis of Google search data by Carguide.co.uk also claimed that online searches for electric cars in the UK had an average daily ‘explosion’ of 16 times on Friday.