Cars, hybrids and electric cars will soon overtake petrol and diesel

According to the EIB 2021-2022 climate survey, in Italy 78% of those planning to buy a car will choose it ‘green’, a percentage of 56 points higher than those who opt for diesel or petrol

Purchases of hybrid and electric cars will soon overtake those of gasoline or diesel cars. This was revealed by the second part of the EIB’s climate survey for 2021-2022 released today by the European Investment Bank, the financial arm of the European Union and the largest multilateral financier of climate-related projects in the world. In Italy, according to the research, 78% of those intending to buy a car indicate that their next car will be hybrid or electric, a percentage that is 56 points higher than those who will instead opt for a diesel or petrol vehicle (22 %). Specifically, 51% would choose a hybrid vehicle and 27% would opt for an electric vehicle.

People over 65 are particularly interested in buying a hybrid vehicle (61%), while for young people between the ages of 15 and 29, a petrol or diesel car would be the option they would like least (25%) . Among young Italians, the largely prevalent trend is to choose an electric vehicle (39%) or hybrid (36%). Only a small minority of the overall Italian population say they do not own a car at the moment (6%) nor do they intend to do so, with a percentage that is seven points below the European average (13%).

Italians and Spaniards more inclined to switch to new technologies in terms of cars

Overall, Italians, like Spaniards, seem more inclined to switch to new car technologies than citizens of other EU countries, for whom the transition is less marked. 78% of Italians declare that their next car will be hybrid or electric, with a percentage therefore similar to the Spaniards (78%). In comparison, 61% of the French and 52% of the Germans are of the same opinion.

Specifically, Italians seem more inclined to choose hybrid vehicles, with a percentage of 51% of people indicating this purchase intention for their next car, which is 23 points higher than the German one (28%), of 13 points compared to the French one (38%) and 6 points compared to the Spanish one (45%).

Regarding the preference for the electric car, 27% of Italian buyers are in favor of this type of vehicle as their next car even if to a lesser extent than the Spaniards (34%). The Germans and the French express more reservations when buying an electric car (same percentage, 23%).

In Europe, the hybrid wins

In Europe, in general, car buyers tend to favor hybrid vehicles (39%), while petrol or diesel vehicles are in second place (33%) and electric cars in third (28%). In China, car buyers tend to opt for an electric car (44%), Americans would opt for a hybrid vehicle as their first choice (38%), a petrol or diesel vehicle as a second choice (33%) and then for an electric car (29%).

The European Investment Bank has launched the fourth edition of the EIB’s Climate Survey, an in-depth analysis of how citizens perceive climate change. Conducted in partnership with the market research company Bva, the fourth edition of the EIB’s Climate Survey aims to enrich the general debate on citizens’ attitudes and expectations regarding climate actions with information content. The survey was attended by over 30,000 people interviewed between 26 August and 22 September 2021. Each of the 30 countries concerned has a representative basket of respondents.

Climate, Italians sensitive to the issue. Even in the ballot boxes

From the car to the purchase of clothes to the choice of work and the bank, to travel, EIB’s research investigates how climate considerations affect people’s choices. And here’s what emerges. 82% of Italians think they personally do everything to combat climate change in daily life, even though the opinion prevails among citizens that others are not doing the same thing. A sensitivity that is also manifested in political choices: 74% of Italians, in fact, declare that they take into account the issue of climate change when taking part in the voting.

34% of Italians declare that they buy used clothes rather than new ones (eight points below the European average); women are slightly more likely to do so than men (36% for women versus 32% for men) and it is a particularly popular choice among those in the 15-29 age group (44%), while for those over 65 the percentage drops by 25 points (19%).

50% of Italians say they take the issue of climate change into consideration when looking for work; this is especially true for young people aged between 15 and 29. 65% of young people take climate change into account when looking for work, compared to 50% of people between the ages of 30 and 64 (15 points less). Overall, climate considerations are present in 54% of Italians when choosing their bank or investing their savings. The percentage is higher among Italians aged 15-29 (60%) and decreases with age (53% for people aged between 30 and 64 and for people over the age of 65) .

75% of Italians say they consider the aspect of climate protection when choosing where to go on vacation (eight points above the European average of 67%). However, the majority of young people (57%, compared to 39% of people aged 30-64 and 23% of people aged 65 and over) say they will choose the plane as their means of holiday destination summer in 2022. Almost a third of young people intend to take the plane to go to a distant destination (29%, against 18% of people aged between 30 and 64 and 11% of those aged 65 and more).

For Italians, consumption habits and increasingly responsible behaviors

“Despite some clear generational gaps, Italians are increasingly changing their consumption habits and behaviors in a more responsible and sustainable way to tackle the problem of climate change. These changes in individual behaviors show that people of all ages are willing to do more in their daily lives to help reduce the effects of the climate crisis “, comments the vice president of Bei Gelsomina Vigliotti.

“These phenomena – he adds – were expressed during COP26 and clearly indicate the need to intensify our efforts to support the green transition. As an EU climate bank, the EIB has the task of financing projects focused on clean energy, energy saving, solutions for sustainable mobility and innovations that contribute to limiting the temperature increase to a maximum of 1.5 ° C “.