Fair Fuel APPG for UK Motorists and UK Hauliers August 2021 Page | 49 Affordability of electric vehicles A typical counter to those facing increases in tax on fuel in any Government Budget is to say that they should use electric vehicles. The Cebr 15 for FairFuelUK, in November 2020 looked at the affordability of electric vehicles. This table* from the Cebr’s report shows the annual spending on both purchase of vehicles and on fuel by income decile for those who have at least one car available. The spending rises from £1161 per annum for the poorest group to £4033 per annum for the richest group. The Cebr investigated the cheapest leasing cost for an electric car on the EDF website which is £2028 for a Skoda Citigo. The table is colour coded. Those highlighted in yellow means can afford an electric vehicle, those highlighted in turquoise can afford with a squeeze, those highlighted in pink means can afford with a big squeeze. Those not highlighted at all would find it more or less impossible to afford an electric vehicle even if they had an adequate credit rating. So, access to an electric vehicle is a pipe dream for a third of the population and only available with some difficulty for a further 20%. *Annual spending on purchase of cars and spending on fuel £ by income decline Figures only relate to households with cars. Source Family Spending ONS. Real life practicality of EVs for the majority of drivers Road users in the APPG/FFUK Survey were asked how long it takes to fully fuel their vehicles. 89% stating less than 10 minutes was the norm. These vehicles were of course fossil fuelled or hybrids. If an electric car takes a minimum of 75 minutes to recharge (from the survey this is, in fact reported as to be in excess of 2-5 hours), either the queues are going to be astronomical with so much time wasted or there will need to be nearly five million plus charge points installed, at an estimated roll out cost of £20 billion. Critically and overlooked by all commentators, it is important to ascertain the impact of this huge redundant charging time on the uptake of EVs, in relation to how quickly and conveniently they can become fully fuelled for a range anxiety free journey. What impact will long vehicle charging downtimes have on the economy and personal time?