The recent VW scandal involving the diesel emissions of more than 11 million vehicles, worldwide, seems to have caused a surge in electric vehicle interest, according to a UK based car rental firm Flexed.co.uk. The surge has been so great, according to Flexed, that lead-in times for rentals have increased notably — largely owing to the scandal, but also partly due to simple economics. After all, it’s generally a bit cheaper (in the UK, as well as some other places) to operate an electric vehicle (EV) than it is a petrol car.
“We’ve seen inquiries for electric cars go through the roof in recent weeks,” stated Flexed.co.uk representative Mark Hall, “Petrol and diesel cars just aren’t getting a look in.” Interestingly, the surge seems to pertain mostly to pure all-electric vehicles rather than to plug-in hybrids (PHEVs). PHEVs have, reportedly, remained largely unchanged.
“There seems to be a wave of disgust at VW over the emissions scandal,” says Hall. “It’s driving customers away from petrol, diesel, and hybrid cars, no matter what the make.”
A recent email sent in to EVObsession by Flexed’s PR people provides some of the assumed reasons for the recent surge in electric vehicle interest:
Electric cars have no emissions, so pay no road tax
Vehicle prices which compare favorably with petrol and diesel equivalents
Running costs are as little as 3p per mile, a quarter of the cost for petrol cars compared with an average of 13p per mile for petrol cars
Recent videos touting the speed, performance, and range have vastly helped in dispelling the electric car ‘milk float’ image
Easily-accessible rapid charging points now available across the UK (more or less -Ed.), with main dealers offering free forecourt charging
“The motor trade was well prepared for increased interest in green driving this year,” stated Hall, “But they’ve been caught out by the spike in orders following the VW scandal … Electric cars are no longer the preserve of the rich minority. They’re now available to anybody who wants a reliable, green, cheap-to-run car. The days of spending £50 per week to fill up your polluting car will soon be over.”
Originally published by EVObsession.