Drivers wait six months for electric cars

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Churchill did a random sample of 500 fleet drivers last month, with the expert adding that the results “applied just as well” to everyday drivers due to supply issues across the industry.

Some models may take even longer to get your hands on. Ginny Buckley, founder of car website Electrifying.com, said those hoping for the Volkswagen ID.3 or MG ZS EV may have to wait more than 12 months.

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A quarter of respondents said they would consider a hybrid vehicle – the sale of which will be banned from 2035 – if it helped their order arrive faster.

A similar percentage said they would be willing to change the trim and color of the vehicle or choose a different model for the same reason.

Nearly a third opted for an electric car because they are exempt from Ultra Low Emission Zone charges, which are £12.50 per day in London.

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Ian Plummer, Auto Trader’s commercial director, said semiconductor shortages have “massively exacerbated” supply constraints imposed by the lockdown.

He added: “Electric vehicles suffered most of the shortfall as they require significantly more semiconductors.

“Although we are seeing signs of improvement, we do not expect a return to normal supply levels any time soon, so long lead times are likely to continue for some time.”

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