The role of EVs in combating climate change in Europe


Up to 43% of European citizens agree that electric vehicles (EVs) are instrumental in combatting climate change, according to a study comprising 3,600 residents in six European countries.

The study, conducted by Ipsos on behalf of evBox, also comprises feedback from 600 EV drivers in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and the UK.

Driving electric first needs to shift from nice-to-have to need-to-have, especially with the next generation of (potential) EV drivers viewing access to charging and price perception as the biggest concerns, according to the study.

In all six countries except Norway, the two main barriers to not going electric are the uncertainty of the availability of publicly-accessible charging stations and the perception that EVs are still relatively expensive.

Additional concerns include the amount of time required for charging sessions and the perception that EV charging costs more than fueling with petrol.

However, the majority of current EV drivers do not encounter problems during charging sessions (89%) which shows that as long as people are open to trying it out, they likely won’t look back.

The majority of Europeans (63%) consider following a sustainable path as the best solution to combat climate change.

Of the surveyed, 40% say governments should only give financial aid related to the COVID0-19 pandemic and to companies who are taking serious steps to reduce their ecological footprint.

A large proportion of European citizens (62%) rate climate change as a highly personal matter—and 74% of people who are looking to invest in an EV or already drive one agree.

Up to 62% state that reducing CO2 emissions in transportation is important to them and roughly two out of three (potential*) EV drivers clearly link emobility to the broader theme of combating climate change.

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Government policies are expected to greatly impact EV adoption in the coming years. 77% of people who are considering investing in an EV think that their government should prioritise policies that protect the environment. The transportation goal of the European Green Deal is seen as favorable by 70% of (potential*) EV drivers, and more than half say that the goal makes investing in an EV a more attractive prospect.

Current drivers of EVs prove extremely loyal when it comes to electric driving with 82% saying that they would opt for an EV again.

Kristof Vereenooghe, the CEO of EVBox Group, said: “Our market research shows citizens across Europe expect their governments, car manufacturers, charging station manufacturers, and other businesses to take an active role in protecting and positively impacting the environment. Together, we need to remove the main barriers to EV adoption so that future generations have the chance to experience a healthy planet connected by clean, electric mobility.”