It seems that environmental considerations are left on the back seat when motorists come to looking at what car they want to buy.
Only 5% of people actively consider the environment when deciding on what car they wish to buy according to a survey on car driver’s environmental habits.
The news comes despite 70% of motorists claiming they have green credentials when it comes to car issues.
The research has been carried out by German electronics giant Bosch who show that price is still the most important decision when buying a car. Just over 63% of purchasers gave this answer, while the second most popular response was the size of the vehicle at 56%.
Other factors that people considered important were design and style of the vehicle they were purchasing, while further entries claimed that the car’s brand and the car’s safety were more important factors than the environmental aspect of buying cars.
Across the country the survey noted that Cornish vehicle owners were more likely to purchase the cleanest cars whilst people from Oxfordshire were guilty of buying the most polluting cars. While the Cornish average CO2 emissions were 138g/km, this rose by 30g/km in Oxfordshire to 168g/km.
Greater London motorists rate as the third worst on the list. Despite the city investing in green technology and drivers facing Congestion Zone charges in certain parts of the nation’s capital, motorists are ignoring the chance to buy small clean environmentally friendly cars.
The survey which interviewed over 1,000 people stated that over 80% of people drive less than 20 miles a day, with 48% driving between 11 and 20 miles per day. There are less than 30% of people who drive less than 10 miles per day.
The findings also show that women would be more willing to buy electric cars, while men perceive electric cars to be more environmentally friendly than hybrids. Meanwhile the 18-24 age group are more willing to drive hybrids than any other group.