Mobility Insights Report 2021 EV edition

LeasePlan, together with leading global research firm Ipsos, today released the ‘EVs & Sustainability’ edition of its annual Mobility Insights Report, which shows a clear surge in positive attitudes towards electric driving.

Mobility Insights Report findings

  • 58% of UK respondents said they have a favourable view of zero-emission electric driving, while half (50%) said that their opinion towards electric driving has improved over the past three years.
  • Over half (51%) of respondents intending to get a new car in the next five years say they will consider an electric vehicle (EV), indicating driver acceptance of EVs is now reaching a tipping point.
  • Drivers are increasingly seeing the cost benefits of EVs, with lower running costs topping the reasons to buy or lease an electric car (54%). Being green remains a factor for a third of respondents (34%) and government subsidies and tax benefits are key for one in five (22%).
  • Concerns about perceived barriers have also decreased, with 40% (down from 64% last year) of respondents citing insufficient charging possibilities and 38% (down from 62% last year) mentioning limited driving range as reasons not to buy or lease an EV.
  • Despite this reduction in concern over barriers, it is clear obstacles remain. For those looking to buy, purchase price is cited as the main reason that over half of respondents (55%) would hold off.

Alfonso Martinez, Managing Director of LeasePlan UK, said:

“We’re invigorated by the willingness of drivers to adopt a greener outlook and make the move to electric, yet we’re frustrated that most of the barriers that were there last year remain. With the race on to increase adoption before 2030, we urgently need to address these issues. LeasePlan and our partners have already done the homework: last year we outlined 5 easy-to-implement recommendations that provide a blueprint for sorting out the embarrassing state of charging infrastructure in Europe.

Martinez continued: “Now we need to see movement. Leaders need to step up and respond to public demand by investing in a universal, affordable and sustainable charging infrastructure, with clear and attainable support for manufacturers in a post-Brexit world. Simply put, the solutions already exist – what we need to see now is action.”

The Mobility Insights Report, EV and Sustainability Edition which includes a breakdown of country-specific data and findings, is available here.





Notes to editors


  • The LeasePlan Mobility Insights Report is an annual survey of driver opinion into the most important subjects facing the industry, produced in partnership with leading research firm Ipsos. It was formally called the LeasePlan Mobility Monitor
  • The survey is conducted across 22 countries, including: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States


  • The survey is divided into three separate editions:


  • The questions were included in an online survey among consumers in Ipsos’ I-Say consumer panel (n=250 per country, nationally representative on age and gender)


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