Will the drivers of tomorrow be leading the charge towards eco-friendly cars?

Will the drivers of tomorrow be leading the charge towards eco-friendly cars? 21st October 2015

More young people are likely to buy a car that is either electric or hybrid in the future, a new report has found, indicating that the future may be very bright for the world of the eco-friendly vehicle. 

Recently, it was announced that the number of new car sales that can be attributed to electric and hybrid cars amounts to one per cent of all sales. In the next five years, the government said it wants to see this number swell to as high as five per cent and it could be the next wave of young drivers that helps make this a reality. 

In a study by Go Ultra Low, it was discovered that as many as 81 per cent of 14-year olds said that they would buy an eco-friendly vehicle when they purchase their first car. Overall, the study found that the lower age someone is, the more likely they are to want to buy an eco-friendly car. 

With the majority of people getting their first car between the ages of 21 and 25, what this will mean is there should be a real impact on the proportion of eco-friendly cars bought between now and 2025.

Some 800 people aged between 14 and 17 were surveyed, and the company said the overall feeling from 88 per cent of respondents was that electric and hybrid cars are the way forward, adding that more people should convert to this sort of vehicle by 2026. 

Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, calls the latest findings "really encouraging". She says the teenagers polled will become next-gen first-car purchasers.

She added that the way young people are brought up and educated, and the fact they have better access to information about the environment and issues surrounding it, means they are more likely to make a green decision when it comes to purchasing their first car. 

Posted by Danielle Barge