Teenagers want their first cars to be plug-in, eco-friendly, electric models.
Teenagers hitting the road in the near future expect their first cars to have plug-in electric power rather than internal combustion, Go Ultra Low claims.
Majority favour electric vehicles
The campaign group - that says it is a “one stop hub for everything you need to know about ultra low emission vehicles” - based its conclusion on a survey of eight hundred fourteen to seventeen-year-old kids.
The youngest seem particularly keen to own such vehicles with eighty-one percent planning to buy electric from the age of twenty-five. Mid-twenties – Go Ultra Low says – is the average age a driver buys a first car.
The survey shows that teenagers associate electric cars with clean air and low running costs. On this basis, thirty-four percent think “they are the types of cars that everyone will be driving one day”.
Furthermore, eighty-eight percent say that more motorists - regardless of age - should drive electric now. Today's cars will form the used stock youngsterschoose from in due course. Go Ultra Low says this suggests the plug-in market is set for a boost over the next decade.
Futurologist Dr Ian Pearson agrees and says that vehicles of this nature will be “the new norm” by 2026. He claimed:
"Young people are very aware of environmental issues and it is great that they also notice that electric cars will be cheaper to run, so it is a clear win-win. Battery technology continues to improve, and the amount of resources needed to make an electric car will continue to fall.
These technology developments will all add up, greatly reducing the environmental impact of cars while making them safer and cheaper. If current trends towards electric cars continue this means that, by 2026, demand for electric cars will almost certainly outweigh demand for 'traditionally fuelled' cars."
Plug-In Electric Vehicle Popularity Encouraging
Poppy Welch, Head of Go Ultra Low, added: “It’s really encouraging to see how popular electric cars have become among British teenagers – as the next generation of first car buyers. Our research shows that younger consumers are more drawn towards environmentally friendly purchases, including when planning which car they’ll drive when they get their licence”.
She continued: “Plus, their rationale makes sense. Electric cars can travel long distances and are consistently cheaper to run, so as a first car they are the logical choice. What’s more, there is an electric vehicle to suit every lifestyle from city run-arounds and family hatchbacks, to four-by-fours and sports cars.”