Today, Nissan held a conference about Intelligent Mobility at Lisbon, Portugal. In this conference, Gareth Dunsmore, the Director of Electric Vehicles at Nissan Europe, quoted a recent survey made by Nissan. This survey concluded that 76 % of millennials (aged 18 to 34) consider “driving an eco-friendly car as the best choice to make their lives more environmentally friendly”. But while millennials have the will, they haven’t the money to make the change, yet.
Dunsmore said that the biggest obstacle pointed by millennials to buy an electric car is price. But this will change with the arrival of second generation electric cars, since then more first generation electric cars will enter the used car market. Most millennials are driving used cars anyway, so they better be electric.
Next year many electric car models will get a battery upgrade, a facelift or a completely new generation. Some electric pioneers might consider their current electric cars obsolete, but millennials will gladly buy them.
If you live in France you can already buy an used Citroen C-Zero or a Peugeot iOn for less than 7.000 €. While in Portugal it’s a bit more expensive since some of these used electric cars are imported from France and Spain and sold for 11.000 € or more.
These electric twins are a great and cheap way to enter into the electric mobility. At least until the price of new electric cars gets closer to what we have now in ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) cars. We might get there in 2020…
To sum up, I agree with Dunsmore’s conclusion. While second generation electric cars will solve the range problem and many pioneers will buy them, those who are waiting for more affordable electric cars will haply buy used first generation electric cars that will be much cheaper.
What do you think? Will the upcoming second generation help electric cars go mainstream? Are you interested in used electric cars? Or do you prefer to pay more for the latest technology?