Smarter Mobility World 2020: Regional Survey on Electric Vehicles to be Rolled Out
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Smarter Mobility World 2020: Regional Survey on Electric Vehicles to be Rolled Out

Electric Vehicle Buyers Survey, conducted by Generation.e and YallaMotor, will assess the shift in perceptions related to electric and smarter mobility

A new survey on electric vehicles has been launched at DXB Green Leadership Series, organised by Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE) and Dubai Science Park on Tuesday, 21st January. Conducted by Generation.e and YallaMotor, Electric Vehicle Buyers Survey is being conducted for the second time to gauge the demand for electric vehicles in the Middle East. It will assess if perceptions have shifted in favour of electric and smarter mobility, following global and regional efforts to promote the same. The survey results will be announced at the Smarter Mobility World event taking place in March.

Smarter Mobility World 2020: Electric Vehicles

Smarter Mobility World 2020: Electric Vehicles

Announcing the new survey, Co-founder and CEO of Generation.e, Ben Pullen said, “As we see more and more of the world’s largest vehicle manufacturers launch their own electric vehicle models, we are entering an era where we can choose to travel more sustainably – in a way that we have never done before. With last year’s survey being the biggest of its kind ever to be delivered in the region, it has shown a clear appetite for electric vehicles. The opportunity for this market is sizable, and we are committed to working with thought leaders from businesses and governments around the world to accelerate towards a future of electric and smarter mobility.”

In 2019, more than 3,800 people participated in the study. It highlighted the hurdles potential buyers faced when purchasing an electric vehicle. The results revealed that only eight percent of the respondents had ever driven a pure electric vehicle in the region but 51 percent of the people were quick to identify better fuel economy as an advantage while 49 percent were aware of the benefit of reduced carbon emissions. 45 percent of the consumers were concerned about the long charging times, 37 percent of the high cost of purchase and 34 percent were worried about the inconvenient charging options. Overall, the 2019 survey showed how 44 percent of those in the GCC were likely or very likely to purchase an electric vehicle in the next two years, while around 61 percent would also choose to have it as their primary car.  

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By Ayesha Hoda
Ayesha Hoda is a senior communications professional and writer, currently based in Dubai, UAE.

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