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90% Of Electric Car Owners Won’t Return To Gas

A massive 88 percent said they would not return to internal combustion-powered cars.

Almost nine in 10 electric vehicle drivers would never go back to driving a car powered by petrol or diesel, according to new research.

A study by electric vehicle YouTube channel Fully Charged found that 88 percent of plug-in car drivers said they would definitely not switch back to fossil fuels after having owned an electric vehicle (EV).

Seven percent of those quizzed said they were not sure whether they would turn back to internal combustion, while the remaining five percent said they would consider making a return to petrol- or diesel-powered cars.

However, just under a quarter of the channel’s audience (24 percent) said they currently owned an electric car, with the vast majority (54 percent) claiming to own a petrol-powered vehicle. Diesel was the second most popular fuel, accounting for 35 percent of viewers, while a combined total of 11 percent were the owners of petrol hybrids or plug-in hybrids.

That number looks likely to change, however, with 61 percent saying they would switch to an electric car next time they changed vehicles and nine percent saying they would opt for a plug-in hybrid.

Of those that did not already own electric vehicles, a third (33 percent) said the cost was limiting, while 16 percent bemoaned a lack of home charging infrastructure and 11 percent complained of a lack of availability of electric cars.

Just nine percent said they were concerned about the range that could be achieved by modern EVs.

Fully Charged says the survey was the largest ever survey of electric car drivers and clean tech enthusiasts ever conducted, with more than 7,700 people quizzed.

The show’s host, Robert Llewellyn, who made his name on the small screen with Red Dwarf and Scrapheap Challenge, said the results might come as a shock to those who have not tried an electric car.

“I have been banging on about electric cars, solar panels and batteries for the best part of 10 years, so it’s incredibly gratifying to see the excitement that our viewers have for all things clean tech,” he said. “Having experienced how impressive electric cars are, we were not surprised to see so many other drivers saying that they won’t go back to the combustion engine, but it might shock those that have yet to switch. Perhaps, more surprising was that two-thirds of our audience who are yet to buy an EV intend to do so in the next couple of years.”

 

This article originally appeared on Inside EVs.

Mr X

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Unfortunately I'll have to drive a gas car every once in a while since I'm turning in my Volt. But I'll never purchase a gas vehicle ever again.


Standard Battery can only come as soon as possible!
 

jboy210

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I am very happy with my Model X and cannot imagine getting an ICE car when my lease is up in a couple of years. I may not get a Tesla next time, but I am pretty sure I will get another EV.
 
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hill

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we got a plugin minivan & unloaded our beloved X (lease) due to dissatisfaction with V9 UI - ghosting windshield - cost of its lease vs time in the shop - future repair cost concerns - 1/2 shaft shudder - discontinuance of features - yellow screen boarder, etc. Despite the down sides of the particular X we ended up with, if just a couple of the issues wouldn't have made the list - we'd have kept it.
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Lozza12

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I’m a driver of a lowly 24kWh Leaf and I can’t stand driving the Toyota Corolla fleet cars at my work. CVT gearboxes are particularly awful but ICE cars in general are unresponsive, smelly and lurch a lot. Can’t wait for the RHD Model 3!
 

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Agreed. I Love driving my MS. My wife called me out the other day because she noticed I always take the long way home so I can get a few more miles of drive time.

I've own'd Honda, Toyota, Ford, Acura, BMW and Tesla...I can not wait to see the rest of the car world to catch-up to Tesla. The competition will produce vehicles that we can't even imagine. I want that Electric BMW MX6 or the 2021 Tesla Redesign. Can't wait for the announcement!
 

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We bought our first EV, a Long Range Model 3, in May and were so blown away by the convenience, comfort and performance that we bought another Model 3 (Performance) in September. Both are awesome and anytime I have to drive an ICE vehicle I'm shocked by how crude and ancient it feels (even if it's new). Count me as one that could never go back to the old way and all the disadvantages that entails.
 

gilscales

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We bought our first EV, a Long Range Model 3, in May and were so blown away by the convenience, comfort and performance that we bought another Model 3 (Performance) in September. Both are awesome and anytime I have to drive an ICE vehicle I'm shocked by how crude and ancient it feels (even if it's new). Count me as one that could never go back to the old way and all the disadvantages that entails.
This Exactly!, my brother-in-law bought a model 3 as well and now he is converted, we will never go back!
 

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I’ve extended my Model X lease while I shop for a replacement or decide to buy it. I usually switch vehicles every two years. I’m a car guy and there are a few makes and models on my bucket list. Now I am perplexed and conflicted .

I looked at the I-Pace and enjoyed driving it, but there’s no dealership within 60 miles of my home.

There are not many EV choices at this point. I switch to ICE does seem a step backwards.
 

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I'm a new EV owner...almost a year now...but now I'm looking at Manual Transmission cars. One drive in my buddies manual Cayman 981 Flat Six a few weeks ago was so freakin visceral....wow. Maybe a GT500 or Hellcat .... Supercharged V8, 700+HP manual :D.
 
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Neither my husband nor I would go back to owning an ICE. Bad enough are the times when we've had one of our cars in for service and needed a loaner and not had a Tesla to drive. Always can't wait to return it and get our car back. When my dad passed away he wanted me to have his fairly new ICE top of the line vehicle and I told my mom to sell the car and use the money for herself. Didn't even want a free one. Kept driving my 2001 Avalon knowing I'd either get a Model S or the Model 3 I ended up ordering. No regrets at all and never looking back.
 
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