The popularity of used electric vehicles has risen hugely according to used car website Motors.co.uk. The company reports that views of EVs on its smart car search have more than doubled in the first half of 2016.
With 116 per cent more views compared to the same period in 2015, Motors.co.uk has analysed the number of times customers have looded at the full details of EVs from January to July 2016. Increased interest has been found across the board too with everything from the Renault Twizy to BMW’s i3 in demand.
The top three EV manufacturers in terms of Detailed Page Views (DPV) were Nissan – 24.4 per cent of total EV DPVs – Renault – 10.5 per cent DPVs – and BMW – 10 per cent DPVs.
Broken down further, the Nissan Leaf accounted for 21.9 per cent of DPVs, Renault’s Zoe 5.5 per cent, and BMW i8 5 per cent. The BMW i8 also saw the biggest increase in attention – up by 668 per cent from 2015.
Dermot Kelleher, director of marketing and business intelligence at Motors.co.uk, said: “The interest in electric vehicles among car buyers visiting Motors.co.uk showed significant growth in the first half of this year compared to 2015.
“It indicates that there is now strong consumer demand for plug-in vehicles, suggesting that concerns such as range anxiety are subsiding. In addition, as more car buyers switch to paying for their vehicles on a monthly basis, the low running costs for electric vehicles really start to stack up in their favour.”