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Electric cars - or EVs - shed their 'trophy vehicle' image as figures show they go further than petrol, as they clocked up more miles last year than rival petrol models, new analysis published in the Daily Telegraph today has revealed.
New fully-battery powered vehicles were driven 9,435 miles a year on average in the first three years on the road, compared to just 7,490 miles a year for petrol cars, according to research by the RAC Foundation, the motoring industry analysts
Steve Gooding, the firm's director, said the findings were evidence that electric cars were no longer seen as a “trophy vehicle” used to signal the owner’s “green credentials” but are now perceived as a viable alternative for long-distance travel.
Traditionally, drivers have been concerned about a lack of charging infrastructure and the possibility of their batteries running dry part way through a journey.
“Tens of millions of people still drive petrol and diesel-powered cars, but this data suggests that owners of electric cars have found them to be a practical proposition, running up the sort of big annual mileages that many of us need to do,” Mr Gooding said
"Concerns about range, recharging haven't gone away, but there are tens of thousands of drivers who have put these worries aside and decided electric cars are a real, everyday, practical alternative to petrol and diesel vehicles.”
Diesel car drivers still rack up the most mileage with the average car being driven for 12,496 miles a year, according to the research. The overall average for all of the cars analysed was 10,377.
Tony Murtagh - Director at Egnida Group states “the evidence-base is building that EVs are a viable & cost-effective choice for business-use vehicles. For regular fleets and those on a car-allowance too.”
He explains “when you have the information and understand the key differences in the Whole Life Cost of an EV, it’s clear the overall expense of running one is less than a traditional petrol or diesel alternative. I’m not surprised that those driving an EV are using them more than petrol drivers, on the basis that they cost less and have plenty of range for what most of us need. Why wouldn’t you?”
28th of April 2020