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Electric vehicles for driving instructors

The UK car market is in the middle of a revolution. In 2022, one in six cars sold in the UK were fully electric. By 2035, sales of new conventional petrol and diesel cars will be banned. And from 2035, all new cars will be zero emission, so even sales of new plug-in hybrids will stop.

The speed and size of these changes is shaking up many sectors, including the driver training industry.

EVs and the impact on driver training and driving tests

Because EVs and plug-in hybrids don’t have gears, they’re treated like automatic cars in driving tests. This is adding to the demand for automatic driving tests. In the UK, this demand more than trebled between 2011/12 and 2021/22, with just over 15% of driving tests being automatic.

This trend will only grow we head towards 2030, which is when they’ll be no new cars with manual gearboxes. And demand for learning in an automatic electric car is only going to go up.

As an instructor, switching now means gaining a strong foothold in an exciting, emerging market.

The benefits of using EVs as training cars

EVs make great training cars. For the drivers your teaching, EVs are easy to control at low speeds because they don’t have gears. They’re also very quiet and smooth. For new drivers especially, this can all really help reduce the stress of driving.

As an instructor, you also get these benefits by using an EV as a training car:

Last updated: 26 September 2023