Fifth of drivers would like to switch to an EV in 2019

Research has revealed that almost one in five Brits would like to switch to an electric car next year, which is one of the top five most popular sustainable resolutions for 2019.

The Go Ultra Low research looked into how Brits are planning to go green this Christmas and their future environmental aims, and found that more than a third (35 per cent) of Brits are worrying about their environmental impact this year.

The number of miles driven this Christmas is a concern for many. The average Brit will drive or be driven 108 miles over the festive period for activities such as visiting friends and family or dropping off presents. This means that the nation as a whole is set to rack up a collective 5.6 billion miles, driving around the country. Go Ultra Low says these individual distances can easily be covered in an electric car.

Of those concerned about their environmental impact, the most troubling issues in the run up to Christmas are the amount of plastic packaging used (72 per cent), and the increase in household waste (63 per cent).

The level of concern surrounding sustainability and the festive season varies between generations, with 43 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds concerned about their environmental impact compared to just 29 per cent of those aged over 55.

The nation’s top sustainable resolutions for 2019, as revealed by the survey, are: to use less plastic (42 per cent); recycle more (33 per cent); to buy less (24 per cent); stop using plastic straws (23 per cent); and to switch to an electric vehicle (18 per cent)


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