according to khabarkhodro,But more than a quarter think
electric cars are harder to learn in and to own.
Four in every 10 UK parents want their children to take
their driving lessons in electric vehicles (EVs), according to new research. A
survey by French car manufacturer Peugeot follows a record sales month for EVs
in the UK, with more than 32,000 electric cars registered in September 2021
The study of more than 1,200 people found 40 percent of
parents would like to see their children learn to drive in an electric car. And
25 percent said their children "regularly” pester them about switching from
fossil fuels such as petrol and diesel to zero-emission electric power.
However, the research also found 28 percent of
respondents thought learning to drive in an electric car and going on to own
one would be more difficult than with a standard petrol- or diesel-powered car.
In light of the survey’s findings, and to "showcase” the
experience of learning to drive in electric vehicles, Peugeot provided a class
of 10-16-year-olds with a driving lesson at Bedford Autodrome. The French
company gave the youngsters dedicated tutorials run by professional drivers,
teaching them how to live with and own an electric car.
From there, the children were placed behind the wheel of
Peugeot’s e-208 electric hatchback and taught basic manoeuvres including
starting, stopping and parking. They were also educated in techniques useful to
electric vehicle owners such as conserving range, charging the vehicle and
switching between driving modes.
After the children had taken their lesson, they went
head-to-head with their parents in an electric car challenge to see who could
conserve the most range over a set route. Over six laps of the course, covering
more than three miles, the young drivers utilised all their newfound skills to
come out on top, conserving twice as many miles as their parents.
Julie David, the managing director of Peugeot UK, said
the research showed a desire for EVs among the general public, but added it was
important to make youngsters aware of the benefits of EV ownership.
"Our new research
highlights how more people across the UK are seeing the positives of electric
vehicles,” she said. "Electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular, and
it is important that future generations are aware of the benefits that come
with owning an EV. Our day with the young drivers has demonstrated how
accessible electric vehicles can be for anyone thinking about their next car.
We hope they enjoyed their time with us and found it to be a useful insight
into the world of EVs.”