Vehicle technology

Title: The Scottish Household Survey 2019

Organisation: Transport Scotland
Date uploaded: 25th September 2019
Date published/launched: September 2019

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Conducted annually since 1999, the Scottish Household Survey (SHS) samples views on personal travel, including motor vehicles, walking and cycling. The 2018 SHS received around 9,700 responses.

Nearly half (44%) said they would consider buying an electric car or van in the future, up from 41% in 2017 and 36% in 2016.

For people who had bought or would consider buying a plug-in electric vehicle, the main reasons were environmentally friendliness (68%) and fuel or running costs (58%).

On the flip side, 'range anxiety' was the main thing putting people off electric cars (46%), followed by the availability or convenience of charging points (41%).

The percentage of people who own an electric car has risen from 0.7% in 2017 to 1.8% in 2018.

Meanwhile, analysis of the trips that people made in 2018 found that over half of journeys in Scotland (53%) were made by car or van.

Increasingly, drivers reported being alone in their vehicles, with the proportion of car trips that were 'single-occupant' rising from 56% in 1999 to 66% in 2018.

Walking was the next most popular mode of transport in 2018, accounting for 20% of journeys - although this has dropped from 26% in 2012.

Cycling accounted for 1.4% of journeys - down slightly from 1.5% in 2017.

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