Up to 77% of Brits taking a vacation will use pollution-generating cars


A new study conducted by UK energy firm EDF has revealed that 8 in 10 (77%) of Brits taking a road trip this year will do so in a pollution-generating petrol or diesel car.

The study highlights that 2 in 3 Brits plan to take a ‘staycation’ this year – with the Lake District (18%), Cornwall (18%) and Yorkshire (14%) topping the list of popular destinations.

Nearly half of the sun-seeking Brits admit they wouldn’t consider an electric vehicle (EVs) as an option – due to concerns over running out of charge (53%) and struggling to find charge points (47%).

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The UK has to date deployed more than 30,000 charging connectors across the country, which are enough to cover the average journey length of a staycation destination – 120 miles within the typical average range of a modern EV – 195 miles.

EDF’s data has revealed huge gaps in the country’s collective knowledge about EVs, with myths and misconceptions rife amongst the population.

Confusion over EVs causes more than a quarter (28%) of EV drivers to be quizzed about their vehicle at least three times a week, with a tenth (12%) probed daily.

Philippe Commaret, the managing director for customers at EDF said: “With the majority of Brits looking to take a staycation this year and the roads set to fill with cars, there’s never been a better time to consider an EV. However, our research shows myths and misconceptions about them are still rife – and in many cases, might be preventing people from enjoying the financial and environmental benefits of switching to an EV.

“We believe that those EV drivers, who have already seen past the myths to go electric, are the perfect ambassadors to help more drivers better understand what switching to an electric vehicle is really like. That’s why we’ve created this range of fun and eye-catching bumper stickers to help spark conversations amongst EV owners and other motorists, and break down the barriers to owning an EV, inspiring more motorists to consider making the switch and help Britain achieve net-zero.”