Analysis of Google search data reveals that online searches for electric cars in the United Kingdom exploded 1,600% yesterday on the 24th of September, the day when the petrol station fuel shortages became a widespread phenomenon across the country.

A new finding by car information website Carguide.co.uk reveals that online interest for electric cars skyrocketed to 16 times the average volume in one day, an unprecedented spike in interest for electric cars.

A spokesperson for Carguide.co.uk commented on the findings:

“It’s interesting to see how a shortage in fuel for petrol and diesel cars at the petrol stations can cause such a massive hike in online searches for electric cars across the country. This trend will likely continue, as more and more people become conscious of their viability, and almost every major manufacturer is committed to electrifying their vehicle portfolio -  with the electric car ranges and capabilities increasing almost exponentially as new models come to market.”

Electric vehicle registration is on an upwards trend, with 7,388 registration of pure electric vehicles in August alone (Source: DfT, SMMT, OLEV). 

The UK petrol station fuel shortage is likely to accelerate this trend, and increase the awareness of the general public on electric cars, as people are looking for an alternative to internal combustion engine-powered cars.