EV driving encourages better behaviour

Driving electric and hybrid cars is changing driver behaviour for the better, according to Birmingham-based national vehicle movement and inspection firm DMN Logistics.

Data collected by DMN Logistics of their drivers found that deliveries of EVs and hybrids incurred no notices of intended prosecution related to speeding whereas traditional ICE cars and vans continued to incur such notices. They predict this to be replicated across company car drivers and the wider public.

Nick Chadaway, managing director at DMN Logistics, said: “Wider studies have shown that EV drivers experience reduced stress levels when behind the wheel of an EV and are more focussed with high levels of active concentration. Drivers also experience greater mental calmness.

“These experiences correlate directly with our EV deliveries when compared to ICE vehicles, suggesting that the EV revolution will improve the way drivers drive. Early data demonstrates that with 10% of movement of EVs and hybrids across its business none of the drivers associated with these movement’s incurred any penalties.”

A current full battery electric vehicle has a reduced range compared to a conventional vehicle and requires more attention to route planning and battery charging. As a result, drivers become more conscious of their driving habits, so for example driving in eco-mode or using regenerative braking.

Chadaway said: “Driver training, before taking delivery of their new car will help drivers familiarise themselves with new features such as efficient driving, acceleration and braking techniques – all of which lend themselves to improved driving, as well as reducing driving costs and fewer charging stops – reducing lost driver productivity.

“Looking at the data, we see a reduction in excessive speeding and heavy braking, couple this with better journey planning and driving range can be increased by up to 20% of charge on an average trip in city traffic.”