Should We Learn Electric?

Tue 22nd Feb 2022

The UK government is aiming to make all new cars electric by 2030, but do we really know how to drive an EV? A new study by the AA has revealed that almost half of drivers would be keen to take a lesson in an electric car, to increase their knowledge of the technology.

The survey of 13,000 drivers found that 44 per cent of already-qualified drivers would be happy to learn how to drive and use an EV.

Younger drivers (49 per cent) and Londoners (53 per cent) are most interested in an electric car lesson, with the Ultra-Low Emission Zone likely to be a big driver in the interest from the capital for the considerations. The AA believes that a lack of knowledge is a key factor in stopping many from making an electric vehicle purchase and that the government also needs to get up-to-date on the tech, by including more EV information in their Highway Code regulations.

“As we head towards 2030, more and more learners will be starting their driving life in an EV,” said Mark Oakley from the AA Driving School.

“Terminology like charging and range will be second nature to them, but it is a learning curve for drivers who have been used to combustion engines for decades

“We know there are lots of myths and misconceptions about driving EVs that are stopping some drivers from making the switch.

“Having the opportunity to take a lesson with an instructor in an EV could be a really useful way for many drivers to overcome their concerns and see that driving an EV is a great option for them and the environment.”

The AA is taking steps to include more electric vehicles in its driving school fleet, with pupils given the option of learning in a Peugeot e-208 or e-2008, along with a Vauxhall Corsa-e.