Potential Chinese buyers of electric vehicles have major reservations about battery technology, according to a recent study.

Synovate Motoresearch, a market researcher, interviewed 511 passenger vehicle owners in April. It found that 53 pc of them were concerned that batteries would be difficult to recharge, while 42 pc were worried that parts of electric vehicles would be too expensive and 37 pc considered the vehicles themselves too expensive.

Klaus Paur, managing director of Synovate Motoresearch, said the survey showed that there is "a great deal of interest" in electric vehicles in China, but that consumers lack concrete product experience.

More test drives would dispel unfavorable impressions of the technology, he said in a press release.

The survey also suggested that Chinese car owners would pay at most a 4 pc price premium for an electric vehicle