Petrol shortage UK: Empty pumps prompt ‘massive hike’ in searches for electric vehicles

Petrol shortage UK: Empty pumps prompt ‘massive hike’ in searches for electric vehicles

Analysis of Google search data reveals that online searches for electric cars in the UK exploded 1,600 percent yesterday. The fuel crisis has been dominating headlines as millions of Britons struggle to find petrol, with queues being seen around the country.

With the issues with petrol being evident, many searched for the alternative – electric vehicles.

Searches for terms like “electric cars uk 2021” or “best electric cars 2021” jumped at least 1,350 percent.

Google Trends data shows there were many breakout questions being asked, with drivers looking to find out more about electric vehicles.

The question “when will all cars be electric uk” had a spike of interest of more than 5,000 percent, with many clearly looking ahead with their potential investments.

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“This trend will likely continue, as more and more people become conscious of their viability.

“Almost every major manufacturer is committed to electrifying their vehicle portfolio – with the electric car ranges and capabilities increasing almost exponentially as new models come to market.”

As the fuel shortage crisis continues, many may be looking at electric cars as a viable option.

Electric vehicle registration is on an upwards trend, with 7,388 registrations of pure electric vehicles in August alone.

Sales for plug-in hybrids (PHEV) and battery electric vehicles (BEV) have grown by 32 and 36 percent respectively since 2020.

Petrol car sales, however, have seen a 45 percent decrease in sales compared with last year.

Yesterday, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps urged people not to panic buy petrol and said he was “moving heaven and earth” to sort the issues out.

Hundreds of petrol stations have now set a £30 fuel limit to stave off drivers trying to panic buy.

Many have pointed out the real shortage comes from the lack of HGV drivers in the UK following the pandemic and Brexit.

Estimates from the Road Haulage Association suggest that the UK has a shortage of 100,000 HGV drivers.

Even before Covid, the estimated shortage was about 60,000 drivers.

Thousands of HGV driving tests have been cancelled over the past year as a result of the pandemic.

Published at Sat, 25 Sep 2021 15:18:26 +0000