The Covid has not upset the habits of the French for their travels. According to an Ipsos study carried out for Vinci Autoroutes, 87% of working people use the same means of transport as before the health crisis. And for 65% of them, it is the private car, against 65% before confinement.
However, 90% of respondents want to be able to reduce the ecological impact of their daily trips. There is also a growing awareness, since a little more than half (54%) believe that their modes of travel have negative impacts on the climate.
The French remain very attached to their cars. If they had a choice, the ideal way to get around would remain the car, for 52% of respondents. The bicycle (with a scooter or hoverboard) would increase to 17%, while currently 8% of respondents use it. He would thus overtake the train. There are also 11% of those polled who wish to take up carpooling or carsharing, against 4% who already do.
Reassuringly, a large majority (71%) believe that it is possible to make their journeys less polluting. 55% give themselves less than five years to achieve this, and even less than two years for 28%. And proof that the car remains essential, when asked how they are going to do it, the first answer is “by buying an electric or hybrid vehicle”, for 35%. 22% want to get into eco-driving. We note, however, that 34% want to travel more on foot or by bike. Unsurprisingly, this last solution is popular with city dwellers. The peri-urban are those who think the most about the electrified car.
Still, the share of French people who have decided to switch to electric or hybrid within five years remains low: 21% for the hybrid, 20% for the electric. However, we reach the majority with those who think about it. Unsurprisingly, the sticking points are the same: the high price (mentioned by 68% of respondents) and low autonomy (54%).
To be convinced by the electric, the French want help with the purchase (but the bonus is gradually reduced). But two-thirds also mention the multiplication of charging stations. They also want free assistance in the event of a breakdown.