Commercial characteristic: eBay Motors Group finds charge of EV adoption slows as price of charging emerges as a barrier


Commercial characteristic from eBay Motors Group

One of many many welcome penalties of the rising variety of new electrical autos (EVs) on our roads is the associated rise in volumes now getting into the used automotive market.

 Though these numbers are nonetheless comparatively low, they’re having fun with exponential development, as witnessed by the 44% bounce in used EV gross sales in Q3, reported by the Society of Motor Producers and Merchants1.

 Improved availability means extra used automotive consumers will doubtlessly be contemplating EV alternate options to combustion engine automobiles of their subsequent buying cycle.

 Nevertheless, with the price of dwelling disaster and spiralling utility payments impacting family budgets, eBay Motors Group commissioned impartial analysis to measure the urge for food amongst consumers to creating the change to electrical.

The examine, a part of our ongoing Client Perception Panel analysis, polled the views of  2,000 in-market automotive consumers. Whereas simply over half count on their subsequent automotive to be electrical or hybrid, the speed at which they count on to transition away from petrol and diesel has slowed since we requested the identical query final 12 months.

Moreover, of these consumers planning to go totally electrical, the speed stays nearly unchanged year-on-year at 22%, a big slowdown after the digital doubling to 21% in 2021.

The analysis additionally discovered that whereas the standard limitations to purchasing EVs stay unchanged – entry to charging factors and value of buy – they’ve diminished since final 12 months; whereas issues over the charging prices noticed the largest year-on-year enhance.

“The will amongst automotive consumers to change to electrical stays robust, however the charge at which they plan to is slowing down as they issue within the rising price of charging,” stated Lucy Tugby, Advertising Director of eBay Motors Group.

“The elevated price of family power payments is now entrance of thoughts for automotive consumers and will have a profound impression on electrical adoption amongst used automotive consumers.

“Our analysis identifies how almost half (44%) of all consumers want to alter their automotive now out of necessity as a result of their autos are getting previous. Nevertheless, the requirement for higher gas effectivity, or a want to change to electrical, are a lot decrease on their record of priorities.

“As family budgets tighten, the problem for sellers can be to supply and inventory the gas varieties that prospects will gravitate in the direction of as soon as they’ve weighed up the monetary execs and cons of going electrical.

“Our analysis exhibits that whereas the intent to change to electrical stays robust, there’s nonetheless loads of gas within the tank for petrol and diesel,” stated Tugby.

For the newest used automotive traits see eBay Motors Group’s Market View, out there to view and obtain, freed from cost, each month at  Contact or name 0203 966 2714 to talk to search out out extra about promoting alternatives.


1 Used Automotive Market Down in Q3 however EV Gross sales at Document Excessive, SMMT press launch, 10 November 2022

eBay Motors Group Client Perception Panel: Performed by Perception Benefit, an impartial market analysis agency, in September 2022. The pattern consisted of two,005 new and used automotive consumers aged over 18 who have been sole or joint determination makers when shopping for a automotive. The Client Perception Panel has been monitoring shopper automotive shopping for traits since 2018.


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