November 2023 fuel price summary

November 2023 fuel price summary

November saw unleaded and diesel prices fall. November opened with the average unleaded price of just under £1.54 and finished with prices at just over £1.46, a reduction of 7-8ppl. Based on a 60 litre fill, this is a reduction of £4.80 a tank. These prices are also lower than those seen at the same time last year, November 2022, which closed with an average price of £1.59.

Diesel drivers also benefited from a price decrease cross November prices opened the month at £1.61 and closed at £1.55, a 6ppl reduction or £3.60 on a 60 litre fill.

Asda, who have traditionally been the cheapest supermarket, have been more expensive on average than Tesco and Sainsbury’s. However, they did finish the month with the lowest priced unleaded and diesel. Tesco managed to reduce prices and become the cheapest supermarket for two weeks during the month, but have been undercut by Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Asda once again.

A reduction in crude oil prices has helped to reduce prices. November opened with Brent crude oil at $85 a barrel and finished the month at $80 abarrel. December has continued to see a decrease as crude prices are currently under $77 a barrel.

With wholesale prices falling, we should see prices decrease soon. We are seeing traditionally more expensive brands being lower than the usual price leaders. As such, shopping around and checking prices is the best way to save money on fuel and drive competition to help reduce pricing further.

November 2023 fuel price summary
Illegal MOTs could make drivers vulnerable

Illegal MOTs could make drivers vulnerable

The government is cracking down on fraudulent garages that carry out illegal MOTs – these culprits are not just committing fraud, they are endangering the public by putting unsafe vehicles back on the roads.

Total counts of MOT Fraud reached 1,324 last year, 2021-2022; 710 of those were the most serious cases relating to dishonesty and negligence, a 102% increase from those found in 2017-2018.* Vehicles need an MOT after they turn three years old, and then every year after that, failure to obtain a valid MOT certificate is illegal on UK roads, with motorists facing fines of up to £1,000.

The MOT test ensures the vehicle is up to environmental and road safety standards – with 60,000 privately employed MOT testers carrying out tests in around 23,000 testing stations in Great Britain annually.* According to data compiled by, garages that say they provide MOT prep and testing seem to have dropped from over a third, 36%, in 2019 to just 12% this year – despite a recent rise in demand for these services post-COVID.

The government has been investigating all reports of MOT fraud with site visits, vehicle inspections and even covert surveillance – with the worst cases ending up in court. Some garages have been caught simply handing out MOT certificates without even conducting a test or seeing the vehicle itself.**

Illegal MOTs could make drivers vulnerable

Safety must always be the number one priority, and motorists themselves have a duty to ensure their cars, vans, and motorbikes are safe to operate. 1 in 10 vehicles fail their MOT the first time, so they must be well looked after, and MOTs are booked in a timely fashion, to avoid delays and additional driving while they wait to be tested.

Testament to the success of the test, regulated by the DVSA, is how few mechanical issues lead to road accidents; only 2% of road incidents are due to mechanical failings.*

Motor trade insurance specialist at, Lee Evans, said: “This is an incredibly dangerous form of fraud; allowing customers to believe their vehicles are safe and roadworthy no doubt increases their chances of an incident on the road.

“Thankfully, it’s just a small portion of rogue garages and mechanics that are taking advantage, but it’s important all drivers double check their chosen garage is legitimate by searching reviews and selecting from approved lists of quality garages. Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions, compare prices for parts and labour online and ask for a quote before any work commences that includes parts, labour and VAT.

“It’s also crucial to note a legal MOT is required by most car insurance providers; if an incident occurs and the vehicle is found to not have a valid MOT in place, it could render the insurance invalid and the driver unprotected. You can check the MOT status of the vehicle here on has provided pre-MOT checks to prepare the vehicle and help keep it roadworthy:

Check tyres:

It is important to check for any cuts or wear. It is also good to check if the tyre pressures are appropriate for the load and condition of the tyres. The minimum and legal limit for tread depth of the tyres is 1.6mm – drivers can insert a 20p into the tread to double check, the tyre thickness should be more than the first line on the coin.

Check lights:

You need to make sure your indicators, hazard lights, headlights, fog lights, reverse lights and brake lights all work. Having any of these not working or in a temperamental condition could put you, passengers and other motorists at risk.

Check brakes:

The braking system needs to be in good working order. If the car pulls to one side when applying the brakes then this indicates an issue. Look at the handbrake too and ensure it works well, especially on an incline. If you have alloy wheels, it could be possible to do a visual inspection of the brakes without actually removing the wheel.

Check fluid levels:

Be sure to top up break fluid, engine oil and screen wash, checking them on a regular basis and immediately refilling when warning lights show.

Check mirrors:

All mirrors must be secure and free of cracks. If they need replacing you can normally find ones for your car model online, but stay clear of self-adhesive types as these are not durable.

Check windscreen and wipers:

Ensure there is no damage to your windscreen. A chip or crack that exceeds 40mm will actually result in a failed MOT test. On top of the windscreen, the wipers and washers should be functional to ensure good visibility at all times.




This article is intended as generic information only and is not intended to apply to anybody’s specific circumstances, demands or needs. The views expressed are not intended to provide any financial service or to give any recommendation or advice. Products and services are only mentioned for illustrative rather than promotional purposes.

Competition and Markets Authority has published its interim report on road fuel prices

Competition and Markets Authority has published its interim report on road fuel prices

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published its Road Fuel interim update on 9th November. The final report of the CMA’s road fuel market study recommended that the government take two steps: First, introduce a statutory fuel finder scheme to give drivers access to live fuel prices and second, create a new statutory monitoring function to hold the industry to account for its fuel pricing. As an interim measure, the then Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, Grant Shapps, ordered the CMA to create a voluntary scheme for retailers to share their fuel prices and monitor developments in the fuel market. The voluntary pricing scheme went live on 31st August 2023. PetrolPrices has been publishing prices from this scheme since the beginning of September, and we continue to work with retailers and the CMA. The report published on the 9th November is the first report by the CMA in its interim monitoring role.

Competition and Markets Authority has published its interim report on road fuel prices

The interim report found that while pump prices for both petrol and diesel have increased since May 2023, this can be divided into two separate periods.

During June, July and August, this appears to have been driven primarily by increased crude oil prices and, in the case of diesel, refining spreads, both of which are caused by global factors. Retail spreads were around the long-term average for petrol and below that level for diesel.

During September and October, the CMA observed significant increases in retail spread for both petrol and diesel. In both cases, the retail spread at the end of October was significantly above the long-term average. While the retail spread increases and decreases in response to volatility in wholesale prices, these spreads should begin to return to normal levels. If retail spreads were to remain at these levels for much longer, this would cause concern about the intensity of retail competition in the sector.

In other words, in September and October, wholesale costs fell while retail prices did not. The CMA noted that petrol prices had increased by 11 pence per litre and 13.9 ppl for diesel since May 2023. The difference between the average price drivers paid at the pump and the price retailers buy fuel was 17-18 ppl at the end of October. This was deemed a significant increase by the CMA.

The Petrol Retailers Association (PRA), which represents many independent fuel retailers, welcomed the report. Gordon Balmer, the Executive Director of the PRA, said, “With the volatility of the global fuel market, it is important that motorists are given the opportunity to search for the cheapest prices available to them. As always, I would encourage motorists to shop around to find the best deals possible.”

In an interview with the radio station LBC, Grant Shapps’s replacement at the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, Claire Coutinho, said, “During the pandemic, we saw some quite frankly shocking behaviour from some petrol bosses, who were failing to pass on savings at the pump…we will not stand for this bad behaviour. That’s why I’m giving the Competition and Markets Authority new powers to force retailers, including supermarkets, to say how much they are charging customers. Those that fail to be transparent then could face serious financial penalites, including a fine of up to one per cent of worldwide turnover, or an ongoing fine of five per cent of daily turnover. Any retailer seen to be unfairly ramping up prices, will be held to account. Drivers deserve to know they are getting a fair deal at the fuel pumps and that is exactly what our plans will do.”

According to Coutinho, the new rules as part of a statutory rather than voluntary scheme will be incorporated into the Digital Markets Bill, which is part of the government’s legislative package during this parliament.

Are you one of the 60,000 drivers paying the ULEZ charge every day?

Are you one of the 60,000 drivers paying the ULEZ charge every day?


Find out what you need to know about ULEZ and other Clean Air Zones around the country.

In the first week of November, 2023, TfL reported that since the Ultra Low Emission Zone has been expanded to cover the whole of Greater London, roughly 60,000 vehicle drivers a day are paying the daily £12.50 fee to enter or move within the zone, worth approx £730,000 daily.

This comes despite recent research by Motorway, revealing that 52% of drivers felt they would not be able to afford the ULEZ charge. 

Is ULEZ affecting more or fewer London motorists than expected?

Is ULEZ affecting more or fewer London motorists than expected?

ULEZ expanded at the end of August 2023 to come out nearly as far as the M25 in Greater London.

All year, there’s been speculation about how many vehicles will end up paying the daily charge, rather than benefiting from scrappage schemes (since expanded so all Londoners are eligible), or upgrading their vehicle to a compliant model. RAC reported in February of this year that approx 850,000 vehicles registered in Greater London were not compliant with the ULEZ restrictions.

In the first month that followed the expansion of ULEZ from Inner London to the whole of Greater London, nearly 50,000 fewer vehicles were on the road than in June, which accounts for about 2% of all traffic, suggesting that some non-compliant vehicle owners have changed their routine transport options from cars to public transport and other solutions.

How does ULEZ work?

Like all other Clean Air Zones across the UK, Greater London’s ULEZ uses cameras to read vehicle registrations. These are checked against the DVLA’s records, and the registered keepers of vehicles that are not compliant with the Euro 4 (petrol) and Euro 6 (diesel) standards are sent a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) if they fail to register their trip within the zone with the local authority in the correct timeframe.

In Greater London, you have to register and pay £12.50 for your trip into or within the capital before the end of the third day after travelling, in order to avoid the £180 PCN. The penalties are halved when paid within thirty days (this varies from zone to zone, around the country), however if you have failed to keep your details updated with the DVLA, you may not receive your PCN until it has gone up in value, as these are sent in the post.

If your vehicle is compliant, you don’t have to do anything. If your vehicle is compliant due to a modification or other unexpected reason, it’s worth registering it with TfL in order to avoid surprise fines.

Anybody who regularly drives in the ULEZ or another CAZ may be able to set up an autopay with the responsible authority, in order to avoid unpaid charges developing into fines, and to avoid spending lots of time registering trips.

How have other charging emissions zones affected locals?

Greater London’s ULEZ is not the UK’s first emissions-reduction scheme to penalise fewer drivers than anticipated; this past summer, Glasgow’s LEZ also started targeting non-compliant drivers, although local residents have a grace period until next year.

In the first month of the scheme being implemented, over 100 drivers were issued with penalties each day. By the end of the second month, a reported £600,000 in fines had been issued – and all from non-residents in non-compliant vehicles. Like in the case of ULEZ, the revenue is used for projects that help to lower air pollution and bring cities closer to their climate targets.

The Glasgow LEZ does not offer a daily charge; rather, non-compliant drivers receive a Penalty Charge Notice worth £60, which is halved to £30 when paid within 14 days.

Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone, the first to start charging car drivers in the UK, only gets approximately 40% of fines paid each month. With 6% of the fines issued being written off, that still leaves a wide gap of uncollected moneys. Local authorities are responsible for the implementation of emissions regulations, including payments.

How to avoid paying the ULEZ daily charge?

If you drive a compliant vehicle, you can rest assured that you won’t get any surprise charges through your postbox. Similarly, if your vehicle is in a category that gives national exemption, you won’t have to worry (although you may have to register with various local authorities in order to avoid being sent erroneous fines).

Nationally-exempt vehicles

  • Disabled tax class or disabled passenger tax class
  • Some agricultural vehicles
  • Registered historic vehicles (from before 1973)
  • Military vehicles
  • Ultra-low emission vehicles
  • Vehicles retrofitted under the Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme (CVRAS)

However, if you drive a non-compliant vehicle in or near a charging zone such as ULEZ, and want to make sure you can avoid paying daily charges, you have several options:

See if you are eligible for a local scrappage scheme
Have your vehicle retrofitted under the CVRAS
Avoid driving into the charging zones
Sell your vehicle to a verified dealer and buy a compliant one instead

If your non-compliant car isn’t worth much more than a scrap payment, it may be worth your while making use of a local scrappage scheme such as TfL’s one operating for all Greater Londoners, which pays out £2,000 for a non-compliant car.

If you are a business owner or charity with a non-compliant van, it may be even more in your interest to make use of a scrappage or retrofit scheme, as grants can be generous and cover the costs of adopting a compliant (and more modern) vehicle.

Retrofits for normal family cars are generally less cost-effective than the option to sell your car and use the funds to purchase a compliant model.

How to check compliance with ULEZ and other CAZs?

How to check compliance with ULEZ and other CAZs?

Motorway’s free ULEZ Checker helps drivers to plan journeys and running costs: if they are compliant with ULEZ, they’ll also be compliant with almost all other charging zones in the UK.

The UK’s charging zones largely have the same compliance criteria, which is Euro 4 engine rating for petrol engines and Euro 6 for diesel. The rating is assigned to the engine used in your car model, based on how many pollutants are emitted when you drive.

Since 2006, almost all petrol engines have been rated at least Euro 4 standard, and as for diesel, Euro 6 has been the norm since 2016. However, it’s key to double-check your compliance if you’re not sure on your engine’s Euro rating.

The UK now has eight live Clean Air Zones (CAZs) that charge non-compliant private car drivers, and a further four charging vans. If you travel through Aberdeen, Bath, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Newcastle, Oxford, or Sheffield, it’s vital to check your compliance in order to avoid a penalty.

Take note that the Scottish LEZs in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, and Glasgow do not offer an option to pay a daily charge like the English CAZs; instead, they go straight to penalties of £60. Unless you are OK with a penalty charge, you may wish to avoid driving a non-compliant vehicle through these centres.

There are three simple ways to find out your vehicle’s Euro rating:

  • Enter your reg in a free, online compliance checker such as Motorway’s ULEZ checker
  • Look up your rating inside your V5C logbook
  • Find the specifications for your exact car model and year online
Emissions zones that charge cars in the UK are in Class D, along with Oxford’s ZEZ. Vans are additionally charged in Class C CAZs.

Emissions zones that charge cars in the UK are in Class D, along with Oxford’s ZEZ. Vans are additionally charged in Class C CAZs.

In the run up to the 2035 switchover, the safest way to avoid rising emission charges, changes to tax categories, and other running costs associated with fuel type, is to switch to a hybrid or electric vehicle.

How to sell a non-compliant car

If you’re thinking of selling your car or van due to its compliance status, look no further.

Motorway offers a simple – and completely free – way to sell your car for a great price, whatever the model and whatever the compliance status. If you’re looking to sell a non-compliant vehicle to avoid paying ULEZ or CAZ charges, it’s easy to sell on Motorway to a dealer from elsewhere in the country, where demand for non-compliant models may be higher.

Just enter your reg on the homepage and you’ll be provided with an instant estimated sale price based on up-to-the-minute market data. Motorway will then ask you a few easy questions about your vehicle and guide you through the profiling. If you choose to enter your car into an online daily sale, it’ll be shown to Motorway’s UK-wide network of more than 5,000 verified dealers who will compete to give you their best price.

In as little as 24 hours, you’ll receive your best offer – and, if you choose to go ahead with the sale, your car will be collected for free by the dealer and the money will be quickly and securely transferred to your bank account.

What makes up the price of fuel?

What makes up the price of fuel?

Unleaded is produced from crude oil, and as global crude oil prices fluctuate, this impacts the pump price. However, the unleaded product’s cost only makes up 36% of the price you pay at the pump. So, where do the extra costs come from?

What makes up the price of petrol and diesel?

Maybe unsurprisingly, it’s tax. The majority of the pump price is made up from two taxes. Fuel duty, which is currently set at 52.75 pence per litre (ppl) for unleaded petrol and diesel, and VAT, which is set at 20%. Fuel duty was reduced from 57.95ppl to its current value in March 2022, and this change was intended to reduce the cost of fuel to support households and businesses at a time of very high oil prices. Motorists also pay 20% VAT on top of the total cost of the fuel, including the fuel duty, which means that the 52.75ppl fuel duty is actually 63.3ppl at the pump. Over 54% of the price of unleaded and over 52% of the diesel cost at the pump is tax.

The unleaded that you put in your vehicle is a blend of crude oil derived fuel and ethanol, and in diesel, biodiesel is blended at up to 7%. The renewable part of the fuels makes up around 2% of the total cost.

There is also a cost to move the fuel from the refinery and terminals around the UK into the petrol stations. This is typically less than 1% of the total cost of fuel.

The remaining cost is the retailer’s margin, which is usually around 5-7% of the total cost of fuel.

Petrol and Diesel Pricing Trends in October

Petrol and Diesel Pricing Trends in October

Back in March 2023, diesel prices were over 20 pence per litre (ppl) more than unleaded. Prices for diesel fell sharply in May. This was just before the Competition and Market Authority (CMA) released its findings following an investigation into the retail fuel market.

In June and July, pump prices for diesel were around 2ppl more than that of unleaded. However, since the summer, the pump price of both diesel and unleaded has risen. September started with diesel being priced on average 3ppl over unleaded, and it finished at over six pence higher.

October has seen some slight price drops in unleaded, but diesel has been slower to decline, leading to it being sold at a premium of seven pence over unleaded.

Wholesale diesel prices have been trading over ten pence higher than unleaded during October and even as high as 15 pence. In part, this is the result of fuel supply cuts from Saudi Arabia and Russia, in particular diesel, into the European markets. The UK uses more diesel than it produces and so is reliant on imports. Whereas the UK produces more unleaded and so unleaded is less affected by these cuts.

Diesel margins appear to have increased a couple of pence since October but remain lower than at the start of the year. Unleaded margins, however, do appear higher than at any point earlier in the year.

As part of the CMA’s investigation into the fuel retail market, Asda was fined for “failing to provide relevant information in a timely manner.” In a later meeting with MPs, Asda confirmed their strategy was to be the most competitive supermarket. However, over the last three weeks, Asda has lost its competitive edge. Sainsbury’s is now the supermarket with the lowest priced unleaded.

Prices can vary significantly by region, with motorists in Greater London and Cheshire among those who can expect to pay the most. While drivers in Angus and Aberdeen can expect to pay the least.

The start of October saw a drop in crude oil prices, which in turn helped reduce the wholesale cost of diesel and unleaded. On 5th October, Brent Crude Oil dropped to $84 a barrel, but this has since risen back to $90. It wouldn’t be surprising to see this lead to rises in diesel prices at the pump once more.

More than 6 million Brits admit to accepting a bad deal when selling their car

More than 6 million Brits admit to accepting a bad deal when selling their car

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A study by Motorway, the used-car marketplace, reveals that 6.3 million Brits have accepted a bad deal when selling their car. Those accepting bad deals did so out of convenience, ultimately losing them money from the sale. What’s more, 3.5 million Brits regretted selling their car because the sale was poorly researched and did not achieve the best price possible.

Ease and convenience are often a key driver for any sale, with many car owners going directly to an instant buyer or their local dealer, or they’ll make a quick private sale transaction on a classified site. 7.8m Brits reveal they only go to one dealer when it’s time to sell, accepting one person’s opinion valuation and sale price.

Once on the forecourt, car owners often accept the first offer, with more than a third (37%) confirming they are intimidated by the haggling process altogether, putting them off getting the best price for their vehicle. More than a quarter (27%) of those surveyed said they lacked the negotiating skills to get the best price, whilst 23% revealed social anxieties were the reason they did not attempt to negotiate a higher figure.

Surprisingly, 41% of car owners don’t know how much their car is worth, which makes negotiating the best price nearly impossible.

Alex Buttle, Co-Founder of Motorway, which commissioned the research, said: “Selling your vehicle can be daunting for many, particularly if you don’t feel confident or knowledgeable about cars, but there is an easy and simple way to sell your car online. At Motorway, our dealer network matches each seller with the dealer willing to pay the most, in as little as 24 hours, for free. And with free home collection and fast payment, we take all the hassle out of selling for a great price.”

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Data Shows Nearly Half of Speed Cameras are Not Working

Data Shows Nearly Half of Speed Cameras are Not Working

New data has revealed that almost half of speed cameras across England and Wales are not in operation. The road safety technology company Road Angel made a freedom of information (FOI) request to analyse how many fixed-speed cameras are inactive in each region of England and Wales. The FOI request revealed that 46% of fixed-speed cameras in the areas that responded are not working. Not all of the police forces in England and Wales responded to the request.

Whilst there are only eight speed cameras in Northamptonshire, the request showed that all eight were inactive. Gwent in southeast Wales only had one active speed camera out of the 31 in the region. Six of the 13 police forces who responded to the FOI request had over half of their speed cameras standing inactive.

Derbyshire has more speed cameras out of action than any other region, with only 20 of the 113 across the county capable of catching speeding motorists. Derbyshire (113), Essex (110) and Devon & Cornwall (110) are the regions across England with the most speed cameras – each having at least 40% incapable of catching speeding drivers.

New data has revealed that almost half of speed cameras across England and Wales are not in operation

Whilst there are only eight speed cameras in Northamptonshire, the request showed that all eight were inactive. Gwent in southeast Wales only had one active speed camera out of the 31 in the region. Six of the 13 police forces who responded to the FOI request had over half of their speed cameras standing inactive.

Derbyshire has more speed cameras out of action than any other region, with only 20 of the 113 across the county capable of catching speeding motorists. Derbyshire (113), Essex (110) and Devon & Cornwall (110) are the regions across England with the most speed cameras – each having at least 40% incapable of catching speeding drivers.

Only two areas had all speed cameras working – Dyfed-Powys in Wales, and Suffolk, but these have just four devices each. The West Midlands had only 5% of their speed cameras standing inactive, with 62 out of 65 devices in operation.

Road safety experts are urging UK police forces, councils and the government to ensure speed cameras are fully operational to catch speeding motorists.

Gary Digva, founder of Road Angel, said: “It’s shocking to see how many speed cameras across the country are standing inactive and are letting speeding motorists get away with driving dangerously.

“We are urging local authorities and police forces to ensure speed cameras are fully working to catch speeding motorists who may be driving recklessly by breaking the limit. This in turn will help to reduce the number of dangerous drivers and help to keep our roads safer for everyone.

“As it stands, speeding on the road is a contributing factor for 25% of fatalities – and motorists who break the legal limit need to be penalised so they further recognise the importance of sticking to the speed limits. However, with such high numbers of inactive devices, thousands of drivers are getting away with speeding every day. The UK police force, councils and the government must take action on making sure these fixed speed cameras are fully operational.”

Petrol prices up for the ninth week in a row

Petrol prices up for the ninth week in a row

The average price of unleaded at the forecourt in the UK has risen for the ninth consecutive week. Prices have tracked upwards since the end of July and now average over 156 pence per litre (ppl), an increase of 8% since July.

Diesel prices have also been rising at the pump, with the average price now near 162ppl, up from the July low of a little over 145ppl, an increase of 11.7%.

Costco remains the UK’s cheapest brand for its members, while Asda and Sainsbury’s provide the lowest-priced unleaded and diesel without needing a membership.

Both Asda and Sainsbury’s are also the most consistent across the country, meaning that no matter where you live, they are likely to be among the best prices in your area. In contrast, Texaco prices have the greatest variance and may be hit or miss depending on your location.

The average petrol price at the forecourt in the UK has risen for the ninth consecutive week

An increase in crude oil costs has driven increases at the pump. In June, Brent Crude oil traded at $72/barrel, increasing to over $90/barrel this month. It did peak at $96.50 at the end of September before dropping back, but this is likely to have little impact on the increase in price at the pump. At the same time, the Pound has also been dropping in value. In July, the exchange rate was a little below $1.30 to the GBP, and now it is just over $1.20. Both these factors have pushed unleaded and diesel prices higher.

OPEC+ (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) recommended this week to keep the ongoing production cuts, one of the main drivers for the increase in wholesale costs. These are reviewed monthly but are due to be in place until the end of the year.

Oil prices have dropped this week on concerns about the health of the global economy and rising interest rates. Longer term the production cuts may well be bad news for motorists and may lead to further price increases at the pump.

However, price increases and a strengthening US dollar will hurt global oil demand and help stabilise prices. Regional and local factors will also affect the prices, and where and when you fill up can help you save money. The PetrolPrices app, now with daily pricing feeds from the largest fuel retailers, can help you save money on unleaded petrol and diesel. Helping others by updating prices or confirming correct ones helps to keep the retailers competitive.

Decrease in the Number of People wanting to buy an EV according to Which?

Decrease in the Number of People wanting to buy an EV according to Which?

According to Which?’s Annual Sustainability Report 2023 published this month, the number of people considering an electric car has reduced over the past two years because of the perceived barriers of cost and charging infrastructure. The report was based on the findings of a poll of 2,067 adults by Yonder Consulting on behalf of  Which? Magazine. The report compared the 2023 findings with previous surveys in 2021 and 2022.

The 2023 survey found that only 46 per cent of those polled would consider buying an electric vehicle in the future, down from 64 per cent in 2021. The proportion who intend their next vehicle to be electric has fallen to 8 per cent from 11 per cent two years ago.

The survey was carried out in June 2023 before Rishi Sunak postponed the 2030 ban on new petrol and diesel car sales. The prime minister said last week that the delay to 2035 was because costs were too high and time was needed to improve the charging infrastructure.

Decrease in the Number of People wanting to buy an EV according to Which?

The Which? Survey suggests that those concerns over cost and inadequate charging infrastructure are widely shared. On barriers to buying an electric car, 63 per cent cited the expense, while 51 per cent pointed to the availability of public charging points. Interestingly 50 per cent also cited the cost of installing a charge point at home as a barrier to purchase.

Higher-earning households are more likely to consider buying an EV as their next vehicle than lower-income households, yet cost remains a barrier for all groups. For household incomes of £55,000 and above, 17 per cent considered buying an EV next, falling to 7 per cent for households earning £28,000 and below.

Younger people favoured EVs, with 15 per cent of 18-34-year-olds intending that their next car would be electric, a figure that fell to as low as 2 per cent for over-65s. However, the survey found that 82 per cent acknowledged their role in reducing their environmental footprint, a figure that has climbed from 77 per cent two years ago.

“It’s clear consumers want to play their part in helping tackle climate change, but our research has found that lack of awareness, reliable information and the cost of some green technologies is holding them back from leading more sustainable lives,” Rocio Concha, Which? director of policy and advocacy, said.

The general conclusion of the Which? Report was that the general reluctance to buy an EV stems from concerns around pricing with high purchase/lease costs and the expenses related to setting up home charging points putting people off. Additionally, half of people express scepticism that there are enough public charging points available to keep their future EV running.

The full report can be found here.