Act now: the highway to a second-hand EV market

Joanne Robinson explores some hurdles the automotive trade should overcome to arrange for the period of electrical driving

Nice progress has been made within the automotive sector’s journey to net-zero, and electrical autos (EVs) are the headline-grabber on this quest. A booming second-hand EV market is on the horizon however there’s work to do earlier than the trade is able to make the most of the alternatives it should convey.

The looming ban in some markets on the sale of latest gasoline and diesel vehicles is motivating extra drivers to “go inexperienced”. EV manufacturing within the UK doubled between Might final 12 months and this 12 months, and the area noticed a 92% improve in 2021 EV registrations. However for a lot of drivers, new electrical fashions are just too costly.

Unsurprisingly, in mild of the continued value of residing disaster, curiosity in additional reasonably priced second-hand choices is on the rise. A fast examine of Autotrader’s listings reveals that in the present day’s demand for used EVs far outweighs provide. However this could possibly be about to alter. With a rise in new EVs being manufactured, many extra used ones will hit the market. Ongoing funding into “e-fleets” will quickly be trickling into second-hand provide too.

To organize for a brand new period of drivers, there are some hurdles the automotive trade should overcome.

The swap to electrical is important, and drivers have to re-evaluate how they use their automobile every day


Though client enthusiasm is there for EVs, many might not be conscious of what to anticipate when “going inexperienced”. The swap to electrical is important, and drivers have to re-evaluate how they use their automobile every day. Will a full cost (versus a full tank) get them from A to B in a single journey? Are there charging factors (versus fuel stations) en route? Will climate circumstances impression their EV’s efficiency?

In terms of second-hand fashions, extra questions may additionally come up on the subject of the automobile’s longevity. Batteries in older EVs trigger some concern over the chance that their efficiency will diminish over time.


Batteries additionally current a brand new aspect to automobile finance the place, in some circumstances, prospects can select to make funds on all the value of the automobile, or to lease the battery individually. This feature offers piece of thoughts to the shopper involved about long-term battery life however could make financing the automobile extra problematic. For the supplier, it may assist maintain down the worth of the automobile.

 Though the quantity of second-hand EVs being financed in the present day stays low, it’s essential for lenders and sellers to make sure they’re creating the appropriate merchandise now for when the market takes off.

Funding into new public charging factors is pivotal to EV success


The federal government additionally has a task to play in organising the used EV marketplace for success. To fulfill the 2030 ICE phaseout deadline within the UK, ample infrastructure should be in place to help an “electrical revolution”.

With vary anxiousness a significant barrier to EV adoption, charging factors are the apparent first step. Analysis reveals that the UK’s charging community will not be on monitor to satisfy the variety of EVs predicted to be on the roads within the coming years. The excellent news is that funding is effectively underway, with the federal government this 12 months saying a £1.6bn funding into 300,000 charging factors that can be obtainable earlier than the last decade is out.

A extra uncared for space, nonetheless, is EV abilities. With solely 6.5% of automotive staff certified to service EVs at the moment, extra coaching, upskilling and monetary help can be wanted for mechanics if we’re to keep up extra second-hand EVs on our roads.

A second-hand EV market is an thrilling prospect for the trade, however all stakeholders inside the sector have an essential half to play in making it work. Let’s act now and never danger taking part in catch up when the time comes.

The opinions expressed listed here are these of the creator and don’t essentially replicate the positions of Automotive World Ltd.

Joanne Robinson is Director of Lenders at Zuto

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