MORE than one in five motorists say they plan to switch their next car to a pure-electric model.

Research carried out by shows that electric vehicles are about to overtake diesels in terms of popularity. Double the number of drivers planning to pick an EV compared with two years ago.

Petrol remains the top pick, but pure-electric models have leapfrogged diesel and hybrid options into second place in the public’s preferences. The results are given added weight considering they come from the general motoring public, rather than specific EV enthusiasts. The survey was carried out by’s parent publication Auto Express.

A shift in mentality from ‘early adopters’ is seeing a focus on practicalities such as boot space become increasingly important. That’s compared to the ‘traditional’ EV selling points of fuel costs and environmental impact.

Two years ago, just 10% of drivers questioned planned to have an electric vehicle as their next car, while that is not 22%. Diesel has dropped to 19% from its previous 26%, while petrol and hybrid power are also down.

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