40% of British parents want their children to learn to drive EVs: Survey

40% of British parents want their children to learn to drive EVs: Survey

Four in every ten (40%) of British parents want their children to learn to drive electric vehicles (EVs), according to a fresh survey by French car manufacturer Peugeot. In the survey of more than 1,200 people, 480 people or four in every ten parents said they wanted their children to learn how to drive an electric car.

Nearly a quarter or 25% of the respondents revealed that their children regularly ask them about switching from conventional fossil fuel-powered cars (ICE cars) to zero-emission battery-powered cars.

However, the same study also found 28% of respondents saying that learning to drive in an electric car and going on to own an electric car would be more difficult than a common petrol/diesel-powered car.

In light of the findings of the survey, France-based Peugeot provided a group of 10 to 16-year-olds with an EV driving lesson at Bedford Autodrome. The manufacturer provided the young aspirants with dedicated tutorials run by professional drivers to teach them how to live with and own a battery-powered electric car.

Peugeot UK’s Managing Director (MD) Julie David said that the recently conducted study clearly showed that there is a great desire among the general public to switch from ICEs to EVs, but many of potential EV buyers need lessons on how to live with or own an electric car. David added that it was crucial to make youngsters aware of the benefits of owning an EV.

Speaking on the topic, the senior executive said, “Our new research highlights how more people across the UK are seeing the positives of electric vehicles. Electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular, and it is important that future generations are aware of the benefits that come with owning an EV.”

He stressed that the single day arranged by the company with the young drivers demonstrated how accessible and beneficial EVs could be for anyone thinking about their next car. He stressed again to say that EV lessons given to the young drivers provided them with useful insight into the world of electric cars.

Owning an EV is much more beneficial than conventional petrol/diesel-powered cars as battery-powered vehicle are not only cleaner and cheaper to own over a long time period but also offer smoother and environment-friendly travel. In addition, governments around the globe encouraging commuters to switch from EVs to help contain the growing issue of global warming by reducing carbon emissions.