A new survey has found the rising cost of energy bills is discouraging more than seven out of ten drivers from purchasing an electric vehicle.

According to an AA poll of over 12,500 motorists, rising energy bills are the primary reason for 10% of motorists not switching to an EV. Another 63% said the high cost of electricity has made them “more hesitant” to purchase a battery-powered vehicle, though this is not the primary reason for sticking with a conventionally-fuelled model for the time being.

However, amidst the rise in the cost of electricity at home and using the public network of charging devices, nearly a quarter (24%) of those polled appear to be taking a long-term view on energy costs, stating that they have not been deterred from going electric.

Despite the study focusing on cars and vans, the findings look to be emulated in the road freight sector. Previous reports, such as the rescently published PwC research, have concluded that total cost of ownership is the ultimate driver of the elctrification of trucks, a cost that is not aided by surging electricity prices.