REVEALED: As government plans to axe diesel, motorists look towards electric 0

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Once upon a time you either bought petrol or diesel – now there’s also hybrid and electric to choose from with diesel being shown the back door.

While the more traditional has been tarnished a culprit in today’s pollution problem, today the government announced it is planning to completely axe the diesel car by 2040 banning sales of new diesel drives.

In the meantime, more than 80 major roads in 17 cities across the country have been identified as needing urgent action as they are in breach of EU emissions standards – putting people’s health in danger.

The war on diesel has truly commenced, but a new study has revealed motorists are not all that bothered as while more than half currently drive or have driven a diesel car, when it comes to upgrading – just under a third are considering diesel again.

The statistics revealed by online car servicing provider, Servicing Stop, asked motorists how they felt about diesel in light of proposed government legislation that could see diesels banned from city centres. It would seem to have had a massive knock-on effect as while 55% of motorists currently drive diesel, just 32% are still considering diesel as their preferred choice of fuel.

There are a range of contributing factors such as the diesel scrappage scheme, but other government-led incentives have led many diesel drivers towards electric cars – something the government reinforced today with their pledge to make all sales electric or hybrid in 23 years.

57% of motorists agree with the government offering up to £4,500 as an incentive for motorists to purchase an electric vehicle. More than half of drivers said the scheme was a good idea as it will reduce the amount of polluting cars on the roads and reward owners for purchasing greener, electric cars but 43% said they thought it was a waste of taxpayers’ money.

Similarly when asked, almost half of motorists said the main benefit of owning an electric car over a diesel-run car was the fact that it was more environmentally friendly (49%), more than a quarter said it was the cheaper running costs (27%) and one in five said it meant not having to buy fuel. (20%)

CEO and founder of Servicing Stop, Oly Richmond, said: “It’s not surprising that diesel is slowly withering away as a consumer favourite based on the reputation it has been tarnished with – however, it is interesting to see disheartened diesel drivers being drawn to the electric field of cars as opposed to good old petrol.

“Electric vehicles are becoming more and more popular with drivers as a result of their eco-friendliness, running costs and convenience. Could today’s revelation just be the death of diesel?”

This is a guest blog by Servicing Stop PR Executive Jacqueline Gordon.

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