V Mobility Forum and Alphabet find only 5% of Spaniards driven an electric car

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This article was written and published in Spanish and has been translated into English via Google Translate. Click here to read the original article.

The V Radiography of Mobility Habits of Spaniards shows that only 5% of Spaniards have ever driven an electric car. The percentage triples in Madrid (thanks to car-sharing). The positive part is that 70% see plugs as the perfect solution for the mobility of the cities of the future.

Alphabet has presented its V report on the mobility of Spaniards. An interesting vision of how they face current and future mobility trends that reveals interesting data as only 5% of Spaniards have ever driven an electric car.

According to the result of the Alphabet survey, after asking who has ever tried a plug-in car, only five out of every 100 respondents ‘raised their hands’. 67% of Spaniards consider the electric car as the best solution for urban mobility, while 83% affirm that they would not mind driving a plug-in for their usual journeys.

Although the ecological reasons are the clearest benefit for them (78%), they still find some disadvantages such as the scarce network of recharging points, their high cost or their low autonomy. The autonomy was a main concern last year for drivers with respect to electric cars, but the arrival of affordable models exceeding 300 km has reduced this uneasiness.

The automobile is still by far the most used means of transport by Spaniards for their habitual journeys (61%), followed by walking (50%) and bus (41%). The people of Madrid continue to prefer the subway by 60%, followed by the car whose percentage is reduced slightly to 55% compared to the average in Spain, the bus (46%) and on foot (42%).

The main reason why they choose a means of transport versus the other is comfort by 57%, although not having an alternative means wins positions, ranking second by cutting distances from 14% in 2017 to 16% in this year. Behind, the other reason is the savings, with 15% and the ecological reason, which starts to gain ground, with 8%. In the case of the locals, if there is an increase in concern about the impact on the environment.

Now, moving in a car does not mean that it is a car owned.

The V Radiography of Mobility shows that more and more Spaniards are deciding to share a car in any of its modalities.

The most popular options are car sharing among friends and family by 55%, followed by alternatives such as BlaBlaCar, which gains ground by increasing up to reach 51%, compared to 27% last year. In Madrid, alternatives such as Car2Go and Emov are relevant, with 28% and 23%, respectively.

As for the reasons why Spaniards decide to share a car, savings is placed in first place with 62%, followed by comfort (29%) and ecology (9%).

Although it still does not represent a high percentage, more and more Spaniards are showing concern about the environmental impact of road traffic.

In this regard, 58% of the respondents admit to be in favor of restricting access to the center in some way (in the case of the people of Madrid this figure increases to 62%). Moreover, 41% would approve to restrict the private vehicle permanently (45% if you ask those who live in Madrid).

Other measures with greater support would be sanction the most polluting vehicles (37.5%) or prohibit the parking of vehicles inside the cities (19%). In the case of those who have their own vehicle, only 42% know the environmental distinction of the same and of them, one in three recognizes how restrictive measures may affect them.

Alphabet has also asked the 5,000 drivers surveyed whether their next car will be diesel or gasoline or electric. The answer was a gasoline in 42%, an electric in 30% and only the remaining 27% would be inclined for a diesel.

This article was written and published in Spanish and has been translated into English via Google Translate. Click here to read the original article.

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Acerca de Lucas Vargas:

  • Empezó en Grupo ZAP como el VP de Sales y en 2016 cuando la empresa tenía 60 empleados. Fue nombrado COO de VivaReal tomando el mando de Brian Requarth el Co-Fundador. VivaReal lanzó en Colombia y se trasladó a Brasil. En 2017 se hizo CEO del Grupo ZAP.
  • Ha trabajado en Mexico en PWC y en el Banco Santander
  • Tiene un Master de Business Administration de Harvard
  • En noviembre este año después de la fusión de OLX Brasil y Grupo ZAP fue nombrado el CEO del OLX Business Unit. Lidera la empresa junto con Andries Oudshoorn y Marcos Leite
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As former CEO/MD of the REA Group for 8 years, Simon led the group to its current market-leading position. When he joined REA Group in 2001, it had $4m in revenues, $6m in losses and an $8m market cap.
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