19% of 2,041 UK consumers surveyed by CompareTheMarket say they will switch to an electric vehicle whilst 24% prefer switching to a hybrid vehicle by 2025.

The survey notes an increasing number of UK citizens are making the transition, with 83% of motorists listing reasons such as increased environmental concerns and growing confidence in charging infrastructure.

The combined 43% of those making the transition pipped the 41% of respondents that will make a softer move to a more fuel-efficient car within the next five years.

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Dan Hutson, head of motor insurance at CompareTheMarket, said: “The results of this poll vindicate the government’s decision to legislate to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2040.

“Ironically, their decision not to legislate for a ban sooner may prove to be too tardy for many motorists, with our data showing that concern for the environment is steering change among drivers. As electric cars shift from a niche purchase to a consumer mainstay, car manufacturers may well end up racing to catch-up with their increasingly green-minded customers.”

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