The poll, conducted in November by chargepoint location site Zap-Map, asked users if they would switch back to an ICE vehicle. 91% gave a firm no, with 8% of respondents saying maybe. Just 1% asserted that they missed petrol. 

Zap-Map’s community poll received 2,111 responses, the majority of whom were first-time EV drivers, over half having purchased their vehicle within the last year. BEVs actually received a higher overall satisfaction score than hybrids, with an average of 92 and 84 respectively. Both types of electric vehicles received better average scores than ICE vehicles.

The survey also asked about car models – two PHEVs, the Kia Niro and the BMW 3 saloon, received a 100% satisfaction score, and so did the fully electric Volkswagen ID.3, which we picked as the most important EV of the decade:

Other high scorers included the Tesla Model 3, the Kia e-Nero, and the Hyundai KONA electric. Zap-Map’s co-founder, Melanie Shufflebotham, commented on the significance of the data, which shows higher satisfaction rates with electric vehicles than ever before, despite what a year 2020 has been. 

It’s clear that many of the historical challenges of owning and running an EV have fallen away. 

Melanie Shufflebotham

There are some caveats, of course – the fact that most respondents were recent adopters probably biases them, as they’re still enamoured with their shiny new car. On top of that, we’re still at a stage where most EV drivers are already enthusiasts (Electroheads, if you will), rather than casual drivers, who might come in with more gripes. Nonetheless, these results show how the idea that going electric means compromising for a worse driving experience couldn’t be further from reality. 

Maybe a decade ago, driving an EV was a purely environmental decision and a case of enduring the downsides. But now that charging is more mainstream, vehicles are more affordable, and cars are not only keeping pace but outperforming their gas-guzzling predecessors, this is a good sign that it won’t be long before fossil fuels are as outdated as the dinosaurs they’re made of.