Nissan Leaf in London

Like Americans, British consumers talk a good game about buying electric vehicles. We'll see if they make good on it.

About two-thirds of UK consumers are receptive to the idea of buying an electric vehicle, Motor Trader and British Gas reports, citing dealer surveys. That breaks down to about a third of customers who are ready to buy EVs now and another third who would consider an electric-drive car if they were provided more in-depth information on the vehicle, the publication says. If these numbers were to bear fruit, EVs could account for five percent of all UK new-car purchases within three years and may make up as much as 20 percent of new cars by the end of the decade.

British customers are being swayed toward EVs because of a combination of higher gas and diesel prices and more concerns about the environment, Motor Trader and British Gas says.