Why Teslas don’t fit in with UK’s driving rules
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Teslas are on the decline in the United States, but British consumers are getting more comfortable driving them in the rest of the world, a Reuters poll showed on Tuesday.
The U.S. auto market has been in free fall since the U.K. announced plans to ban all new cars on Oct. 1, leaving only the Nissan Altima, Porsche Cayenne and Toyota Corolla on sale in the country.
A poll conducted by the Reuters/Ipsos Automotive Technology & Insights (IATS) business poll showed that in 2016, 35 percent of Americans said they had stopped driving a Teslas, down from 40 percent in 2016.
The poll also found that in Europe, people in France, Spain, Italy and Germany drove fewer Teslas in 2017 than in 2016 and in 2015, when a ban on the cars was announced.
Britain is home to a number of large auto brands including Jaguar Land Rover, Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, but has also been hit hard by a series of high-profile accidents, including the 2015 killing of a British teenager who had been driving a Mitsubishi Lancer.(Reporting by Julia Edwards; Editing by Paul Simao)