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Challenges for cities and government

Explore how the resistance to European carbon neutrality is reflective of the general feeling of citizens across Europe.

The resistance to European carbon neutrality reflects general public sentiment across Europe.

While approximately 64% of polled respondents considered climate change important, with four out of ten believing a transition to electric mobility a relevant way to reduce emission, 60% doubted the possibility of phasing out petrol and diesel cars by 2030.

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Barriers to EV uptake – citizens

Two of the biggest barriers to EV uptake are its expense and the uncertainty around charging station availability. Cost as a deterrent was even expressed by some EV drivers. 46% stated that the expense of an electric car was the main reason why they would not choose to buy an EV again. This was particularly the case for respondents from the Netherlands and Germany. For others, concerns were raises around issues such as the length of charging time, negative perceptions of EV driving ranges and limited battery life.

Nevertheless, the public mood is favourable to some of the targets proposed by the EU. Seven out of ten of potential EV drivers believe that the EU’s ambition to ensure one charging port is available every 60 kms along most roads and highways, is achievable. And more than half the population think the adjustment and removal of tax exemptions concerning fossil fuels is a realistic goal.

Barriers to EV uptake – member governments

One of the greatest challenges currently facing the EU is the mobilisation of its member governments to assist in changing public perception regarding the barriers to EV ownership. A coordinated effort to promote the long term economical benefits of EV ownership would include potential opportunities for industry and job creation. The provision of incentives can also assist the aim of governments in responding to climate change.

Further reading

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