Article By John Redfern

Electrified car owners drive the furthest, says study

Research by Peugeot finds owners of electric and plug-in hybrid cars travel further than those with petrol or diesel vehicles.

Peugeot has found drivers of electric and plug-in hybrid cars lead the way in how far they travel.

A study of 1,800 drivers found that electrified vehicles cover around 109 miles each week. By comparison, petrol and diesel cars average just 88 miles.

The findings come just weeks before London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) expands, with exemption only for fully electric vehicles.

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Earlier this year, a proportionate mix of electric, hybrid, petrol and diesel car owners were asked to quantify their travel.

Plug-hybrid owners were found to rack up the most distance each week. Their average of 127 miles is around 39 percent higher than the 91 miles covered by electric car drivers.

Petrol-powered cars cover just 81 miles each week, with diesel drivers averaging 94 miles.

Less than a fifth (18 percent) of petrol and diesel car owners said they reguarly drive more than 200 miles a week. Peugeot points out that both its e-208 and e-2008 electric models offer a range in excess of 200 miles.

Range anxiety remains a worry for potential EV owners. More than a third (36 percent) said battery range concerns would stop them switching to an electric car.

The cost of electric cars was a problem for more than half (53 percent) of those asked. A lack of charging infrastructure was also a concern for 43 percent of drivers.

Julie David, managing director of Peugeot UK, said: “Our latest research busts the myth that electric vehicles are only good for shorter trips. Fully electric cars cover more miles per week than petrol vehicles, and with the upcoming expansion to London’s ULEZ, driving an electric vehicle may become a practical option for even more drivers.

“It is also important to highlight that more drivers use their EVs to get to work and back, showing their real-world capability. Our latest models offer more than 200 miles of range, which is well within the weekly limits for the majority of users.”

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