Continental Observatory 2021, Italians like electric but there are several doubts


Car manufacturers are accelerating their electrification plans and the European Commission wants to ban petrol and diesel cars from 2035. But in this strongly evolving scenario, are Italians ready for this change ? Are they informed and interested in the new mobility? These are some of the questions that the third Mobilit & agrave; and Safety and in 2021 Continental Italia has decided to focus on electric cars.


According to what emerges from the study conducted by Euromedia Research, Italians are interested in this change and they want to be part of it. Two out of three Italians declare themselves potentially interested in the purchase of an electric car or claim to have been informed or even to already possess one; one (10.6%). Data that highlight the interest of Italians in mobility electric car, especially considering that 68.9% of respondents said they had not yet had the opportunity to drive an electric car.

The survey identified also precise profiles . Those affected are men who own their own car. fueled by petrol and travel between 11 and 50 km per day. They have a garage where to install a wall box, they live in the South and in the Municipalities of the Province and belong to generation Y (27-41 years old). The interviewees & quot; curious & quot; are women, members of generation Z, residents in the South and in the cities & agrave; of the Province. Those who are not interested in electric cars, on the other hand, are the Baby Boomers (57-75 years) who live in municipalities of the Province, especially in the North West, without a garage and travel less than 10 kilometers a day. They have never tried to drive an electric car and would not be interested in buying it even in the presence of incentives. They are the same people who think that in 10 years the circulating fleet will be; still with an internal combustion engine.

But how much do the Italians actually know? According to the survey, three out of four consumers (74.7% of respondents) correctly identify the BEV and hybrid proposals on the market; however, when it comes to a plug-in hybrid vehicle, the percentage of those informed falls to 47%. The most prepared remain those who have tried to drive an electric car and are willing to buy one.


The economic aspect , however, it covers an important obstacle in the transition to an electric car. In fact, 62.8% of consumers say they don't have an adequate budget to buy one. Three out of four Italians who declare themselves unwilling to buy an electric car would not buy a BEV even with the incentives which therefore do not seem to be sufficient to encourage consumers to buy an electric vehicle.

The concessions economic seem to convince only 30% of the interviewees and, specifically, generation Z and those who live in a city & agrave; of the province. The Italians perceive the maintenance costs of the BEVs higher than those of the endothermic ones even if they consider the management of the battery-powered cars more; cheaper than traditional cars.

After the economic aspect, among the electrical weaknesses highlighted by the Italians the problem of the limited autonomy of the batteries (declared by 38.7% of the sample), followed by the low diffusion of charging stations (declared by 37.4% of the interviewees).

According to the Italians, the institutions must participate more & ugrave; actively to change by allocating funds and making the best use of the money that will arrive; from the PNRR for the construction of infrastructures suitable for electricity.

The theme of recharging is; particularly important given that even 24.6% declare that they have never seen the columns, while 59.4% have seen few and only in some areas. However, there is confidence that thanks to the interventions foreseen by the PNRR the situation can improve quickly.

Obviously, there are not only criticisms. Almost 60% of consumers believe that mobility electricity may be the technological solution capable of solving the problems of environmental pollution , but not that of mobility; at least for the next 5 years. However, the environmental one remains the main strength of the electric. Then we find the comfort, the silence, and the accessibility; to restricted traffic areas.

Looking to the future, the survey highlights that 53.9% of respondents believe that in order to have all newly registered electric vehicles, it will be necessary to do so. wait over 10 years. 17.3% & egrave; more optimistic with a waiting period of only 6 years. For 16.3%, however, the change will not take place; never.

16.5% of consumers think that in 10 years the fleet of cities & agrave; will be still populated by cars with internal combustion engines; 37.1% of citizens focus on hybrid and plug-in. Finally, only 16.4% of respondents are optimistic and inclined to complete transition, confident that electric cars will conquer cities.

But the country is; ready to face the change? 54.9% of the interviewees & egrave; optimistic. 42.4% of citizens, on the other hand, say that only the main cities will be ready. On the other hand, 31% argue that our country will not be; ready.

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