Only 18% of Portuguese relies on the durability of battery electric vehicles
Notebook Car of 2012 Cetelem Observer reveals that the life of the battery is one of the crucial aspects to improve in electric vehicle technology. However, 26% of European consumers believe that batteries will keep for a long time. In the Portuguese case, 82% of respondents expressed a distrust as to the real-time battery life.
Besides the Portuguese, the British and the Germans are expressing reservations over this plan: on average, over 80% do not trust the reliability of electric technology. In turn, the Turks, Russians, Poles and Italians, show great optimism and express confidence in the lifetime of the battery.
The Observer Cetelem also sought to know what the maximum recharge the motorist considers acceptable and that leads to purchase an electric vehicle. The Portuguese (67%), along with the Spanish (62%), assumed as the most demanding, referring to a time less than two hours would be the most acceptable and would make the decision to purchase an electric vehicle. Instead, the Russians and the British are among the least sensitive to this issue of charging time, with two thirds of respondents stated that accept a recharge time greater than two hours. The average of the 10 countries that participated in the study is found in 51%.
Regarding the relationship autonomy / route Booklet Automobile realized that all respondents percecionam autonomy as the advantage that stands out in electric vehicles. 58% of the Portuguese only considering the purchase of an electric vehicle if autonomy is at least 250 km, and currently, a pound of gasoline equivalent on average to 25 km versus 0.4 km of autonomy in electric vehicle.
"The electric vehicle, due to its technical characteristics, introduces a complete alteration of paradigm in mobility issue. Sometimes, the driver now responds with confidence, particularly with regard to robustness, safety and pleasure of driving a vehicle, sometimes with apprehension, as happens with regard to the issue of autonomy. However, it is obvious that consumers currently know very little about the electric vehicle and its operation: there is still a lot of work to develop education. "Defends Diogo Basil responsible for Cetelem Observer for Portugal.