On September 9, World Electric Vehicle Day was observed, providing an excellent opportunity to assess the present state of this type of vehicle, which, according to companies and institutions, will be the future of transportation. However, it appears that, despite the significant investment being made in new models that are increasingly exciting and efficient, the public's interest in electrified automobiles, whether they are electric or hybrid vehicles, remains fairly low.
Diesel and gasoline remain the preferred
At least, according to the Sumauto study, which analyzed car searches on the Internet, electrified cars still represent only 1 in 4 searches, while traditional diesel and gasoline engines continue to predominate with 3 out of 4 searches, more specifically with 50% of the cake going to diesel and 25.5% going to gasoline. The residual value of gasoline-powered vehicles remains at 1%.
Within electrified cars, hybrids have 14.6% of searches and a greater role for conventional hybrids than plug-in hybrids, while electric cars have only 6.9% of searches, which appears to be due to Spain's poor electrical charging network and the ineffective Moves Plan, which does not help to overcome the gap in the high price of this type of vehicle.
A pessimistic scenario aggravated by inflation
And it is that the present challenging economic situation, which is hurting many families as a result of inflation and rate increases, is exacerbating the costly process of transitioning to an electrified car. "There is a disconnect between what the administration wants and what citizens actually want." "The economic uncertainty that we are experiencing does not favor electrification," explains Ignacio Garca Roj, spokesperson for Sumauto. "In fact, this is reflected in the Spanish mobile fleet, which has an average age of 13.5 years, second only to Greece." A challenging issue that necessitates the institutions' commitment to promoting a new and more effective incentive to purchase, as well as a new tax structure centered on usage rather than purchase, and making power more accessible for the pocket, currently - with some exceptions - a premium automobile.