The electric vehicle market has been prone to attack, rumour, and counter rumour over the years. In many ways this has prevented the industry from breaking into the mass market but a new report by the Department of Transport in the UK casts a very interesting light on a growing trend. Before we look at the figures, sit back and think what you believe to be the usage of electric vehicles in the UK and whether indeed they are seen as fit for purpose for longer journeys.
Ultra low emission vehicles
Electric vehicles are often referred to as ultra low emission vehicles and this term is used as an umbrella description for all electric cars. This report found that a staggering 82% of electric car owners in the UK consider these vehicles to be their main mode of transport. In the first instance this blows out of the water the general opinion, created by the mass media, that electric vehicles are seen as a secondary form of transport.
There are many people who have a traditional petrol/gasoline vehicle as their “backup” although interestingly, 20% of electric vehicle owners have no other form of transport. This is the group which the industry is looking to expand upon and ultimately demote petrol/gasoline vehicles to the scrap heap. This will take many decades to push through but there is no doubt that progress has been made in creating a very firm base for the future.
Plug-in vehicles have long been the focus of concerns, at least in the minds of non-electric vehicle drivers, in relation to journey capacity. This is the idea that many electric vehicle owners are concerned about using their vehicles for “longer journeys” because of fears they will not be able to recharge their batteries mid-journey. So, what would you expect to be the average mileage on an ultra low electric vehicle?
This report suggests that the average ultra low electric vehicle will cover around 8,850 miles per annum. When you compare this to 8,430 miles for the average of all vehicles, this certainly compares favourably. Perhaps one of the main myths surrounding journey capacity/journey anxiety is being slowly but surely debunked?
Recommending electric vehicles to a friend
While the electric vehicle industry continues to invest billions of pounds, it can prove very difficult to get the message across to the general public. However, the industry will receive some encouragement from the fact that 90% of those who own an electric vehicle would feel comfortable recommending this mode of transport to a friend or family member. In the short to medium term, this type of “advertising” will be vital because as we touched on above, journey anxiety only seems to be in the minds of those who have never driven an electric car.
Slowly, but surely, many of the incorrect myths surrounding the electric vehicle industry are being taken apart. To be fair, some of these myths are based upon technology which is now out of date and the industry needs to educate the wider public and driving community. While there are certainly reasons to be cheerful for the electric vehicle industry, there is also much work to be done in the future.