French drivers increasingly tempted by the electric car | News

In the current context of inflation, rising fuel prices and banning the circulation of vehicles with internal combustion engines in ZFEs, the electric car is increasingly becoming a relevant solution for French drivers.

To better understand French expectations of electric vehicles, Vinci Autoroutes conducted a study with a panel of 1,000 French people and 250 electric vehicle drivers.

If there is still one financial brake on the purchase of an electric vehiclemore than half of French people (53%) plan to drive an electric vehicle within 5 years.

Almost 1 in 5 French people (18%) say they have already made the decision to buy an electric car within 5 years, and more than 1 in 3 (35%) say they are considering it.

6 out of 10 French people consider the electric vehicle suitable for their tripswith little or no difference in use today compared to a thermal vehicle, except for refueling or going on the weekend or on vacation.

The majority of French motorists consider electric vehicles to be preferable to internal combustion engines because they drive in an environmentally friendly manner (56%) and because they save money and preserve their purchasing power (44%), guaranteeing in their eyes the same level of security (62%) and serenity (53%).

The vast majority of French drivers recognize that they could already use it to shop (81%) or go to work (76% of the active people).

Among French drivers who do not yet drive an electric vehicle, 1 in 2 recognize that rising fuel prices are likely to encourage them to take the plunge.

Nonetheless, two big concerns slowing down the action of French drivers and the replacement of the thermal fleet by electric cars: the purchase cost and the question of autonomy and recharging.

• O purchase cost is not attractive enough, not to say excessive: 94% of respondents consider that it would be appropriate to offer a lower price (64% even think that it would be “a very good idea”) and 71% consider that it would be necessary to offer an equivalent price, in order to the same model, that of a thermal vehicle. Likewise, 90% are in favor of public or private aid for the purchase of an electric vehicle or advantageous offers to exchange their old vehicle.

• O autonomy and recharge issue : 93% would like to see the installation of many more terminals in motorway rest areas (50% consider it to be “a very good idea”). Other services provided include assistance in the event of a battery failure (92%), an application for locating available terminals compatible with your vehicle (90%), as well as harmonizing and simplifying the charging offer ( 89%) .

Other services can also encourage French people to switch to the electric car: access to a dedicated customer service in case of questions (83% of French people would be interested), a free coaching session to support the handling of an electric vehicle (81% ) or free parking spaces in the city for electric vehicles (83%).

As part of the study carried out for Vinci Autoroutes, Ipsos also interviewed electric car owners.

The vast majority of them (91%) say they are satisfied with their choice, 55% even say they are very satisfied.

Overall, for 89% of them, the first few kilometers in an electric car were easy. It was easy for them to effectively manage charging range and times (68%), identify different charging stations for charging (60%), or find available and compatible charging stations (58%).

For 55%, the prospect of having to recharge the car did not cause concern and for 53%, it was easy to organize for the longer trips. 68% say it was easy for them to get around without surprising pedestrians, despite the vehicle’s silence.

Fears about low range and the difficulties of going on weekends or holidays in electric mode seem to be gradually diminishing, as more than 1 in 4 electric vehicle owners (26%) say they use it“ systematically” to go on vacation. Nearly half (45%) of electric vehicle owners say they use it “often” to go on vacation.

Source : Ipsos study carried out with a panel of 1,000 French and 250 electric vehicle drivers for VINCI Autoroutes

methodological note : Study carried out by Ipsos for Vinci Autoroutes with a sample of 1,250 French people, including 1,000 people who constitute a representative national sample (quota method) of the French population aged 18 and over and 250 people who own an electric vehicle. For the overall results, these were returned to their real weight (5%). The survey took place online from May 9-13, 2022 through the Ipsos panel.

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