Nearly 75 Pct of British Drivers Would Switch to Electric Cars

Survey of more than 1,000 motorists shows shift in attitudes on electric cars.

Published: 04-Aug-2008

LONDON - Nearly three-quarters of British motorists would consider driving an electric car, a survey has found.

Whether for "green" reasons or to escape congestion charges and the ever-rising cost of fuel, 71 percent of drivers would consider making the switch, it said on Friday.

Amongst under-25s that figure rises as high as 81 percent, the survey for esure car insurance found, although only 66 percent of 55s were in favour.


Ray Lane, managing partner of venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins, Caufield and Byers, which has invested in Think, believes Think could eventually sell as many as 30,000 to 50,000 City cars a year.

The production electric vehicle to be introduced in 2010 will have a unique bodystyle and is not based on any existing Nissan model, unlike the technology 'mule' pictured above.

The 100-mile range electric car has been operating with Japanese power companies for the last two years.


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