EV drivers overcoming range anxiety
- 31 December 2021
- Posted by: Alan Feldberg
- Category: News
A new poll has found that electric vehicle drivers are starting to overcome range anxiety.
According to research by Zap-Map, more than 90% of drivers are extremely happy with their EV and would not want to replace it with a petrol or diesel car. Many of the respondents to the survey were first-time EV drivers, with more than 48% of respondents saying that their current vehicle was their first EV, with 28% making the purchase in 2020.
In parallel, driver satisfaction was notably higher for both battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, with EV drivers reporting a satisfaction score of 91 out of 100 (battery-electric 92, plug-in hybrid 84), compared with only 74 for petrol or diesel vehicle ownership.
Meanwhile, the majority of the respondents (53%) said they have driven more than 200 miles in their EV in a single trip. The figure shows that drivers are habitually using their EVs on longer trips, and should put to bed concerns over the range of EVs, at least for the average driver, given that the average car journey in the UK was just 8.4 miles in 2019.
Furthermore, almost a quarter of respondents (24%) said they have driven more than 300 miles in one trip – with over seven per cent doing the long haul and driving more than 500 miles in a single journey. For around 31%, between 101 and 200 miles was their longest trip in an EV, while for 15% it was less than 100 miles.
Melanie Shufflebotham, co-founder and COO at Zap-Map, said: “As we move from the early adopters into mass EV adoption, the evidence in favour of electric vehicles grows more compelling every year.
“The findings of this latest poll certainly give prospective EV buyers something to think about in 2022. For the second year running we’ve seen that those who make the switch to electric simply don’t look back. It’s also clear from the distances EV drivers have travelled that concerns over range and other historical challenges of owning and running an EV are increasingly a thing of the past.
“As the EV market continues to grow, alongside the charging infrastructure that supports it, Zap-Map’s focus is on making the EV charging experience simple, by providing the ability to search, plan and pay all in one app.”