Carried out by Ipsos on behalf of EVBox, a survey of 3,600 Europeans (including 600 drivers of electrified cars) reveals that one in three French motorists consider switching to an electric model the next time they change their vehicle.
Climate change is said to be the main motivation put forward by respondents preparing to become electromobiliens. Compared to the British, Dutch, Norwegians, Belgians and Germans also surveyed as part of this mobility barometer, the French would feel more personally affected by the phenomenon: 72%, against a European average of 62%.
This awareness would translate to half of the inhabitants of France by paying particular attention to the environmental footprint of new cars purchased. An even more widespread reflex among electromobilians (85%).
Whether it is motorists who already use electric vehicles or those who are ready to do so, 4 in 5 think there is a need to reduce CO2 emissions from transport. For them, “driving electric is one of the major solutions”.
Access to recharging as the main brake
Access to charging remains the main obstacle to the adoption of electric vehicles among motorists who continue to use gasoline or diesel models. The Engie subsidiary estimates that “the government’s stimulus plan and its objective of installing 100,000 charging points by the end of 2021 in France should help reassure the French on this point”.
It also makes testify the electromobiliens who would be 97% to ensure “not to encounter problems during the recharging”. EVBox explains that “charging your vehicle quickly becomes a habit and is done in a fluid and natural way”.
Too high prices come next
Also very classic, the price comes in number 2 of the points which block the passage to connected mobility. Despite the bonuses and subsidies put in place by the French government, 49% of motorists still perceive electric passenger cars as too expensive to purchase.
The company specializing in charging infrastructure and their operation hopes “the arrival of new models of EVs at affordable prices” to overcome this difficulty. She is delighted while waiting to see that 85% of current electromobiliens will use an electric model the next time they change their vehicle.
The Green Deal as an EV accelerator
In general, the EVBox mobility barometer confirms that Europeans are in favor of national policies in favor of the environment. And 50% of French respondents “have a positive perception of the Green Deal”, this roadmap of the European Commission towards 2050 to make Europe the first carbon neutral continent.
Electric vehicles are at the heart of this program, which foresees a stage in 2025 with more than 13 million EVs on the roads of the vast territory and one million charging points open to the public to supply them with energy. More than half of motorists who drive or are willing to drive electric cars say the Green Deal encourages them to drive electric cars.
Although quite optimistic by nature, I am more nuanced than EVBox on the interpretation of the numbers aligned from this poll.
First, about the 97% of elecromobilians who wouldn’t have a problem with recharging. This percentage strikes me as unusually high. In any case, it does not reflect at all the testimonials received at Automobile Propre. Or it was about the motorists surveyed who never plug their EV anywhere other than at home or at a socket / terminal available at their workplace.
The 100,000 charging point development program will only bring cascading fruit when they are available, and, above all, placed in the right places with powers realistic for use. There have already been promises of installation (Bolloré in particular), and there are already open networks. We can clearly see the limits and also the inconsistencies. Now motorists want something concrete.
That 85% of electromobilians claim to take an EV the next time they change vehicles is not really very positive. This means that 15% are preparing to backtrack in full powerline (except people who would abandon the private car due to age or the transition to gentler mobility). The phenomenon deserves some real attention. Who are these 15% who do not continue to drive a personal electric car? Why won’t they take back an EV? Aren’t there just those people who are disappointed with charging?