Monday, 10 February 2020 11:08

Vic survey shows motorists want govt incentive to buy electric cars

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A survey of 22,000 motorists in Victoria, carried out in late 2019, has found that more of them prefer hybrid power for their next car, rather than a petrol engine, while the preference for all-electric vehicles is also growing.

The annual survey, carried out by EastLink, which operates a number of toll roads in the state, also found that more than two-thirds (68%) thought the government should provide incentives to encourage the take-up of electric vehicles.

Those surveyed said the biggest barrier to owning a 100% fully electric vehicle was the cost (72%), followed by the lack of charging facilities away from home (58%), and vehicle range before re-charging (47%).

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Eastlink corporate affairs and marketing manager Doug Spencer-Roy said the number taking the survey had gone up by 22%.

"The EastLink survey is the world’s largest annual tracking study of motorists’ attitudes to self-driving and driver assistance technologies, vehicle connectivity, vehicle electrification and road use charging – technologies which are expected to converge in cars of the future,” he said.

Some of the other findings were:

  • More and more motorists are using the latest driver assistance functions each year;
  • Some motorists are disillusioned with the concept of fully self-driving cars.
  • Six out of ten motorists want a connected car for traffic warnings, road condition warnings and vehicle security features; and
  • Sixty-three percent of motorists continue to be unconvinced by road use charging.

The survey showed that more and more Victorian motorists were using the latest driver assistance functions.

Spencer-Roy said, “Functions like collision warning, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assistance and automatic emergency braking are expected to deliver significant road safety benefits long before fully self-driving cars become commonplace.

“This is because the latest driver assistance functions will reduce the likelihood of collisions, as well as reduce the severity of collisions.”

Another thing that a majority of motorists continued to “definitely want” was for their next car to be connected to a data network for traffic warnings, road condition warnings and vehicle security features.

Spencer-Roy commented, “Freeway operators — public and private — across Australia should come together to plan infrastructure-to-vehicle communications in a more co-ordinated and consistent way. Otherwise we risk having various roads communicating with vehicles and motorists in different ways, which could cause some confusion among motorists.”

Graphic: courtesy EastLink

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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