Accordung to a study by the Automation Innovation Lab people want to maintain the new mobility habits acquired during the pandemic. 55% have incorporated the habit of walking and 40% have increased the use of bicycles, as these are healthy mobility options. Many people are considering starting a new, more balanced way of living, fostered by working remotely. 38% of Europeans are thinking of moving from the city centre to suburban or rural areas. New countryside people.
The car is linked to “independence”. 60% appreciate having access to their own car now more than before the pandemic. Specifically, the British express this sentiment the most (65%), and the French do so the least (53%). People have also started to view cars as an extension of their home (51%). The idea of owning a car has been reinforced, and the study concluded that this trend will be on the rise over the next few years. 47% of Europeans who before the pandemic said they didn’t need a car, would rather have one now, and 70% can’t imagine their life without it.
Even though most people would rather own a car, 42% said they would be interested in a subscription service, but that the price would be one of the most decisive factors. The pandemic has created a rift between the need for cars as safe spaces and increased environmental awareness. 46% say that Covid-19 has made them more aware of the environmental impact of combustion cars. The appeal of electric cars has gone up, which consumers associate with “social status” and an “aura of luxury”. Almost half of all Europeans (44%) aspire to own one, and of those, 45% plan to buy one in the next three years.
On a related note, the respondents view electric cars as the best solution to reduce the environmental impact of driving. This was the opinion of 68% of Spaniards. In Germany, this figure is just 32%, as it is a more mature market with a larger number of electric cars in its car fleet. The respondents there are also more aware of the negative effects of batteries (changes every 4-5 years, waste, lithium, etc.). Even though the pandemic has made consumers more open to doing the entire car-buying process online (36%), a person’s advice is still highly valued (66%) as a trust factor.