An overwhelming majority of Australian drivers would drive an electric car within 12 months, but are being held back by the higher price compared to internal combustion engine (ICE) cars, a new survey has found.
According to virtual car dealership Carbar, which partnered in September with energy provider AGL to launch an EV subscription service, a huge 85% of 582 survey respondents said they would drive an EV.
But 60% said that the high price of EVs is holding them back. It was the single most important factor, ahead of access to chargers (52%) and driving range (now just 34%).
Because of the currently higher price of EVs, Carbar says that 69% of respondents indicated that they would prefer to drive an EV via a subscription model – far ahead of traditional methods of purchasing a new car such as finance (11%) and purchasing outright (5%).
“We believe subscriptions will play a…