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April 26, 2022

Electric vehicles are becoming more popular in the UK, but premium prices remain higher on average

By GlobalData Financial

The number of UK consumers with an electric vehicle (EV) grew by 2.8 percentage points in 2021 to 9.7%, but cover remains expensive for consumers. This is according to GlobalData’s 2021 UK Insurance Consumer Survey, which found that premiums for EVs are still higher than those of traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles.

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What challenges are Electric Vehicles posing to the Insurance sector?

The global electric vehicle (EV) market is expected to grow ten-fold from $49 billion in 2020 to over $500 billion in 2033. However, the global rise in popularity of EVs is providing challenges for the Insurance sector due to this being a relatively new, unknown, and rapidly evolving technology. GlobalData’s Electric Vehicles and the Future of Motor Insurance free report focuses on the development of motor insurance policies that provide cover for electric vehicles and the corresponding challenges for insurers. The report looks at the potential size of EV insurance markets in three primary regions of EV uptake – these being Europe, North America, and Asia. This allows you to identify where the most profitable markets are expected to emerge. This reports key findings include:
  • Forecasting of the global EV market size from 2020-2033
  • Challenges facing insurers regarding supply chains, repair networks, and charging stations
  • Details on leading insurers in the top markets and their strategic partnerships
  • Competitive outlook by benchmarking companies such as Tesla, Toyota, and Volkswagen
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The onset of the pandemic slowed the uptake of EVs in the UK, as consumers looked to withhold big spending in the face of uncertainty. 2021 saw a return to the trend of electrification as both battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) became more common on UK roads. Falling EV prices, more substantial charging infrastructure, and greater choice for consumers have all contributed to these findings. The cost of fuel in 2022 is likely to drive yet more consumers to EVs, with the potential savings from owning an EV currently more profound than ever before.

Source: GlobalData’s 2021 UK Insurance Consumer Survey

But GlobalData research also finds that EV insurance premiums remain above those of their ICE predecessors. BEVs are still more expensive than ICE vehicles, predominantly due to the cost of the battery, with higher claims costs courtesy of both the battery and other cutting-edge technologies throughout the vehicle driving up BEV premiums. Over time, as battery technology and production improve, costs will fall, in turn bringing maintenance costs down, reducing the average value of claims, and leading to lower premiums.

Source: GlobalData’s 2021 UK Insurance Consumer Survey

Moreover, insurers can look to develop their repair networks so that they are ready for the next generation of vehicles. Allianz, for example, has appointed its new Approved Repairer Network of garages with sufficient capabilities and skills to repair EVs. Such partnerships enable providers to ensure high-quality and timely maintenance work – key to keeping claims costs to a manageable level given the technical considerations within these new-age vehicles and the claims inflation currently straining insurers. As EVs grow in popularity across the world, it may not be long before EV insurance premiums much more closely mirror those of ICE vehicles.

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What challenges are Electric Vehicles posing to the Insurance sector?

The global electric vehicle (EV) market is expected to grow ten-fold from $49 billion in 2020 to over $500 billion in 2033. However, the global rise in popularity of EVs is providing challenges for the Insurance sector due to this being a relatively new, unknown, and rapidly evolving technology. GlobalData’s Electric Vehicles and the Future of Motor Insurance free report focuses on the development of motor insurance policies that provide cover for electric vehicles and the corresponding challenges for insurers. The report looks at the potential size of EV insurance markets in three primary regions of EV uptake – these being Europe, North America, and Asia. This allows you to identify where the most profitable markets are expected to emerge. This reports key findings include:
  • Forecasting of the global EV market size from 2020-2033
  • Challenges facing insurers regarding supply chains, repair networks, and charging stations
  • Details on leading insurers in the top markets and their strategic partnerships
  • Competitive outlook by benchmarking companies such as Tesla, Toyota, and Volkswagen
Understand the challenges electric vehicles pose to the broader Insurance market. Download the report now.
by GlobalData
Enter your details here to receive your free Report.

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