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The electric car transition is set to be the biggest overhaul for the motoring industry in decades with consumers finding themselves in the middle.

On one side, climate activists and manufacturers push for net-zero targets, while on the other, right-wing politicians call for tough net-zero targets to be scrapped.

What is true is that more motorists are making the switch to zero-emissions vehicles than ever before with sales booming across the country.

Data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) shows a whopping 193,221 brand-new fully-electric models have been sold in 2023 so far.

This is up a staggering 40 percent on 2022’s figures while similar surges have been noted in plug-in hybrid models (30 percent).

In August, figures show fully-electric cars are up 72 percent on last summer while petrol figures stagnate (up 9.8 percent) and diesel down 18.1 percent.

However, sceptics often discuss the range of genuine concerns on the lips of motorists.

A lack of public infrastructure is the main concern and one of the reasons Rishi Sunak pushed back his petrol and diesel car ban until 2035 earlier this week.

According to ZapMap, the North East has just 1,459 public charging bays, less than three percent of the UK total.

Rural areas are being left behind with Wales, the East Midlands and Yorkshire and the Humber all having less than 3,000 bays.

In comparison, London alone has over 16,500 and makes up a third of the total plugs in the entire nation.

Motorists can secure at-home charging bays but at a sizeable cost with the cheapest starting at around £400.

However, this doesn’t work for people who live in flats or without room to fit any plugs.

Meanwhile, the upfront costs of EVs are putting many off making the leap with the cheapest brand-new model priced at over £20,000.

A poll from Regit found 70 percent of Britons surveyed said the cost of switching to electric machines is too high.

A whopping 58 percent of those polled even felt they would never own an electric car.



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