84% of Greek drivers view e-mobility positively
84% of Greek drivers view e-mobility positively
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84% of Greek drivers view e-mobility positively

Greek drivers are extremely positive about e-mobility, as shown in the "EVs & Sustainability" section of the annual Mobility Insights Report published by LeasePlan, in colaboration with the leading research company Ipsos.
RE+D magazine

In Greece, the dominant inhibitory factor seems to be the cost of buying an EV.

The report, which is based on the results of a survey of more than 5,000 drivers in 22 countries, finds that in our country, as well as internationally, more drivers than ever consider switching to electric vehicle (EV) use, identifying in it significant economic and environmental benefits.

The main findings of the survey regarding our country, show an impressive shift in the approach of Greek drivers to e-mobility, with 84% of respondents saying that they view electric vehicles positively, an attitude that has changed for the best by 55% in the last three years. This is a percentage that makes our country the 3rd most "friendly" country to e-mobility, in terms of the attitude of the drivers themselves.

As for the intention to use an electric vehicle, 80% of Greeks seem to be positive about such a possibility, with 44% stating that it is almost certain that they will switch to an electric vehicle and 36% stating that it is possible to do so.

The top incentives for acquiring an electric vehicle or a vehicle with lower carbon dioxide emissions include both the environmental benefits of reducing CO2 emissions - a response given by 65% ​​of Greek survey participants, exceeding the average by 19% - as well as the lowest operating costs (67% vs. 47% of the general average) and tax breaks (48% vs. 33% of the average).

However, the transition to e-mobility does not go smoothly. In Greece, the dominant inhibitory factor seems to be the cost of buying an EV, as 65% of respondents said - compared to 57% on general average.

Despite the growing interest in EVs, drivers in all countries surveyed are reluctant to make the switch due to limited charging infrastructure, citing a 35% lack of charging stations as a key brake. The corresponding percentage for Greek drivers is 47%, while last on the "list" of Greeks' concerns regarding the transition to electric vehicles is the smaller driving range of electric vehicles (31% compared to 34% of the general average).

Konstantinos Petroutsos, CEO of LeasePlan Hellas, said: "The great turn of Greek drivers towards e-mobility makes the actions for the evolution of the charging infrastructure of electric vehicles in our country more necessary than ever. It is important to understand that the right infrastructure is a necessary condition for the further development of e-mobility in Greece and internationally. LeasePlan, at international level, has already presented concrete proposals to ensure a universal, accessible and sustainable charging infrastructure framework, which policy makers across Europe can consult."