Nearly 25% of all motorists in Britain would choose not to purchase an eco-friendly vehicle according to new research by tyre manufacturer Bridgestone. The study claims that 23% of Britons do not want to drive such a vehicle and out of that number another 40% think that motorbikes and cars that are electric or hydrogen powered would be a hassle to charge.
The poll was commissioned by BridgestoneEco Rally which took place at the beginning of July 2010 in an effort to showcase the newest forms of zero and low emission vehicles at London’s Hyde Park.
Although changing transportation types would help combat and control climate change, according to the survey most people are not willing or are reluctant to embrace new forms of eco-friendly technology.
Out of those surveyed, 37% reported that eco-friendly vehicles are too expensive and an additional 17% felt that they would be too costly in maintenance terms. Another third of those surveyed felt that the vehicles would not be as powerful as their standard fuel powered counterparts.
TV motoring journalist, Quentin Wilson, stated that these states show that there are still a lot of myths and confusion circulating when it comes to eco-friendly cars in particular about performance, cost, and range. He stated that the largest challenge is actually getting people to try out driving an eco-friendly car because once they do their doubts will disappear.