According to the “Mobility Insight Report” conducted by LeasePlan together with Ipsos, it was revealed that two out of every three drivers in Turkey have a very positive attitude towards electric vehicles, and this attitude has peaked in recent years.
According to a survey study conducted by LeasePlan with Ipsos, 61% of the drivers in Turkey reported that they wanted to buy electric vehicles, while Turkey ranked first in terms of their intention to buy electric vehicles.
LeasePlan, one of the world’s largest fleet leasing companies, published the “Electric Vehicles and Sustainability” section of the Mobility Insight Report, which is conducted with Ipsos, one of the leading research companies on a global scale.
According to the statement made by Leaseplan regarding the report, the research, which was carried out with the participation of more than 5 thousand people from 22 countries, including Turkey, included the results of drivers’ desire for electric vehicles and the obstacles to accessing electric vehicles.
The study showed that there has been a record level of support for electric vehicles, especially in the last 3 years, and now more drivers want to use electric vehicles. According to the study, 65% of the participants stated that they will now use zero-emission electric vehicles, while 44% stated that their attitude towards electric vehicles has changed positively, especially in the last 3 years.
Obstacles in front of the electric vehicles are charging infrastructure, range, and sales prices
Participants who are considering purchasing a new vehicle within 5 years were also asked about their priorities. 61% of the participants stated that they would consider purchasing an electric vehicle if they would buy a new vehicle within 5 years. The study also revealed that drivers no longer think green alternatives cost more than driving diesel or gasoline vehicles. 46% of the respondents stated that electric vehicles not only contribute to the fight against climate change but also have lower operating costs thanks to lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
However, it was also among the results of the study that there are still serious obstacles to electric vehicles.
Looking at the general results of the LeasePlan research, 57% of those who plan to buy vehicles in the next 5 years cite the price factor as the main reason preventing them from choosing electric vehicles, while 51% are concerned about insufficient charging infrastructure and 34% are concerned about the range.
Turkey’s attitude is 69% more positive in the last 3 years
According to the statement, considering the results of the research on a country basis, the positive attitude of Turkish drivers towards electric vehicles drew attention. Accordingly, it was revealed that two out of every three drivers participating in the research have a very positive attitude towards electric vehicles and this attitude has peaked in recent years.
Turkey’s attitude towards electric vehicles has been 69% more positive in the last 3 years. Portugal followed Turkey with 62%. Romania, Greece, and Italy were among the countries that have shown a more positive attitude towards electric vehicles in the last 3 years. Across the research, more than a quarter of the drivers stated that their next vehicle will definitely be electric, when looking at the intention to buy an electric vehicle, Turkey took the lead in the research.
Accordingly, 61% of the drivers in Turkey stated that they want to buy electric vehicles. Turkey was followed by Italy with 51% and Portugal with 49%.
Selling prices are the most important reason for not buying
In the Electric Vehicles and Sustainability section of the LeasePlan Mobility Insight Report, the reasons for drivers to buy and not buy electric vehicles were also investigated.
Accordingly, 47% of the participants stated that they preferred electric vehicles due to low operating costs, 46% preferred electric vehicles due to low CO2 emissions, and 33% preferred these vehicles due to tax cuts offered to electric vehicle owners. Thus, low operating costs, environmental sensitivity and incentives stood out as the top 3 reasons for choosing electric vehicles.
On the other hand, the top 3 reasons why drivers do not prefer electric vehicles are listed as purchase price, insufficient charging possibilities, and range. The main reason why Turkish drivers do not buy electric vehicles was the purchase price with 54%. This was followed by undercharging infrastructure with 37% and range concerns at 26%.
Women are more aware of CO2 emissions than men
In the research, the participants were asked about their 2030 expectations for electric vehicles.
58% of drivers said they estimate that most vehicles on the road will be electric or similar zero-emission vehicles by 2030. Only 18% stated that they disagree with this view. Portugal and Turkey were the most hopeful countries for electric vehicles within the scope of the 2030 projection. 77% of respondents in Portugal, 73% of respondents in Turkey said they believe most new vehicles will be electric (or another type of zero-emission vehicle) by 2030.
In the report, it was among other findings that young drivers (34%) and drivers living in big cities (37%) are the groups most likely to switch to electric vehicles. In addition, 48% of women cited lower CO2 emissions as the reason for switching to electric vehicles, while this rate was 43% for men.
Recent SCT increase may prevent positive interest
Turkay Oktay, General Manager of LeasePlan Turkey, whose views on the report were included in the statement, said:
“The field study of our research we conducted in 22 countries, which reveals that the interest in electric vehicles and the awareness of zero-emission are increasing day by day, was conducted in November 2020, that is before the last SCT regulation. The most important factor for not choosing electric vehicles is the purchase price, unfortunately, the SCT hike on electric vehicles with the latest tax regulation seems to hamper the interest and awareness that have developed positively in our country. I think it is important to reevaluate both infrastructure and tax support in the Turkish market, which is at the beginning of the road, while not only tax reductions but also different incentive programs are implemented for the electric vehicle market, which is developing with the support of the state in many countries.”
Source: AA / Translated by Irem Yildiz