75% do not know Euro emission standard of their car
In a survey of 2,000 adults across the UK conducted by Nissan, almost half of all respondents support London's Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).
Confusion over what vehicles will incur a charge was high, with 75% of those surveyed having no idea what the Euro emission standard rating is for their current vehicle – the criteria that dictates their eligibility to pay the ULEZ charge or be exempt.
Similarly, despite 60 per cent of respondents being willing to purchase an electric vehicle to benefit the environment, only a quarter of respondents were aware of the financial incentives available to help them do so. This contrasts with the 43% that said they were more likely to make the move to electric as a result of financial incentives.
Interestingly, even non-Londoners were in favour of ULEZ, with 35% saying they thought their nearest city would benefit from the introduction of a ULEZ charge. In addition, 31% said it would change how much they drove and 27% said it would make them more likely to adopt an electric vehicle as a result.
The impact of air quality on health is also top of mind for adults in the UK. 1 in 4 respondents are worried about their health, with growing concerns they will develop health issues such as asthma, because of living in a city. Nissan’s survey found that >40% of adults suffer with more breathing issues when getting around cities than they do in the countryside, while >60% think air quality is the most dangerous long-term health concern facing people who live in modern cities.
“It’s clear that as the UK continues to implement its Road to Zero strategy - which will see at least half of all new cars sold being ultra-low emission models by 2030 - UK citizens are taking a more active interest in the benefits of electric vehicles, which contribute strongly to improving air quality in city centres.” said Andrew Sellars, Sales Director and Interim MD, Nissan Motor (GB) Limited
“However, it’s also clear that more needs to be done to increase public awareness about how electric vehicles, such as the Nissan LEAF and e-NV200 van, can help drivers avoid charges like those in the new ULEZ zone. The financial incentives to purchase an electric vehicle can be greater than £10,000, and are there to encourage people to change their vehicle for one with zero tailpipe emissions.”