UK Consumer Survey on Future Mobility Options

Drivers want to have the choice of technologies when buying a new car

Drivers want options for which vehicles they buy in the transition to low-carbon mobility in a new pan-European survey run by independent polling company Opinium and commissioned by the UK Petroleum Industry Association (UKPIA) and FuelsEurope. With responses from 1,000 people in the UK and 10,000 in total across Europe, the survey reveals that consumers see a role for efficient internal combustion engines powered by cleaner fuels, alongside battery and hydrogen engines.

The survey also highlighted that consumers will need time to adapt to alternative mobility solutions, with an overwhelming proportion of respondents being heavily reliant on their cars. Consumers support the development of electric cars, but for now the combination of price, range and infrastructure are factors which would prevent them from considering an electric car as their next vehicle purchase. While those barriers still remain, over two thirds of the respondents would opt for hybrid or internal combustion engines.

Launched in September 2019, the online survey reached 1,002 UK consumers and over 10,000 across 10 EU Member States (Belgium, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Spain, UK). All surveys were run in national languages.