Last week, we shared with you the news that British car buyers are tremendously suspicious of electric cars, with an overwhelming majority of those questioned in an official Government survey on electric cars saying they hadn’t given any thought to buying a plug-in car.
So it would follow that those with high-power prestige cars like those made by British firm Jaguar would be most reluctant to trade their beautiful V-8 XF, XJ, or perhaps even F-Type in for an electric car.
That’s not the case, says a recent survey by online car site weloveanycar.com — part of the webuyanycar.com car sales empire — which says that in a recent survey of 3,896 Jaguar owners, an impressive twelve per cent respondents said they’d buy an electric Jaguar if the British company made one. A further twenty-six per cent said they’d seriously consider buying one.
“The car market has many different niches and this can’t be reflected in a survey of less than 700 car drivers surveyed by the Department of Transport,” said a spokesperson for the site. “We asked [UK] Jaguar owners specifically because they now have a choice to buy the U.S.-made Tesla [Model S].”
Of course, the sample size in this survey isn’t particularly large, but for those who are wondering, twelve per cent of 3,896 equates to 467 drivers willing to switch to electric right now — if Jaguar only made an electric car, that is.
Since Jaguar doesn’t make a plug-in car at the moment, we’d suggest those 467 drivers consider switching to a Tesla Model S instead.
There’s no doubting the fact that the Tesla Model S is the ideal cross-shopping performance sedan against the traditional Jaguar lineup — and there’s certainly some design similarities between the Model S and the Jaguar XJ — but we’re curious as to why so many Jaguar owners seem eager to dump the pump for good.
Maybe it’s the refined luxury feel that an electric car could offer, or perhaps the sheer power of an electric motor is something that most Jaguar owners lust after?
Either way, we think Jaguar, whose only plug-in car is a plug-in hybrid XJ prototype, needs to take note. Or perhaps Tesla needs to start hunting down Jaguar owners in the street and offer them test-drives in a nice shiny Model S.
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