More than half of drivers (52%) say they consider the safe repair and any potential replacement of the main driving battery to be an area of concern should an electric vehicle be involved in a collision, according to an AA Accident Assist survey.
The survey of more than 13,500 drivers by AA Accident Assist unsurprisingly found that three fifths (62%) of drivers are most concerned with the cost of electric vehicle repairs.
Half of drivers (49%) placed high importance on having specialist electric vehicle repairers carrying out mechanical repairs, while 45% say they would rank the availability of parts as important.
A quarter (24%) considered the environmental factor of the safe disposal and recycling of the main driving battery as important to them.
To allay these fears, AA Accident Assist urged electric vehicle drivers to invest in its services, which cover the cost of repairs, use accident repair body shops that are approved by electric car manufacturers, and provide a lifetime quality guarantee on all repairs.
AA members can use the complimentary service regardless of their insurer and should they not be at fault, members would not need to pay their excess.
Tim Rankin, managing director of AA Accident Assist, said: “As more people buy electric vehicles, they want reassurances that, should the worst happen, the AA is ready to help.
“We’re giving power to electric drivers with the very best and independent advice, use of electric vehicle manufacturer-approved garages and body shops, coupled with fitment of genuine manufacturer parts, therefore giving peace of mind to those involved in a collision.”
“We also go further by providing our insurer customers and members who have a not-at-fault claim with an electric hire car whilst theirs is undergoing repair, so they can keep the electric revolution going.”