E-vehicle buyers wary of high prices, lack of charging infrastructure

High prices of electric vehicles and limited charging infrastructure pose major challenges for potential customers, according to a private survey conducted by social media community Local Circles.

More than 21,000 citizens in 180 urban districts across the country were contacted to gather their views but only 9% of them said they will buy an electric vehicle in 2020. Another 27 per cent said they may consider buying a non-polluting vehicle.

Nearly 54% of them clearly said they will not buy an electric vehicle while 10% were unsure.

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According to the survey, 13% of potential customers said they will opt for an electric vehicle due to lower total cost of ownership while 52% said it will be their contribution towards a cleaner environment.

About 19 per cent said they have had enough of buying fossil fuels and coping with price fluctuations.

A total of 23% of the respondents were women while 77% were men. More than half of them were from the metro and tier-one cities, 37% from tier two cities and 12% were from tier-three cities.

The government is trying to encourage the adoption of electric mobility to reduce the dependency on crude oil imports and bring down pollution across the cities.

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