Fact from fiction – busting the myths around electric cars

August 13, 2015

Categories: Consumer

Think you’ve got the measure of electric cars? Think again.

A report released today from the Department for Transport is dispelling the beliefs that many people have about ultra low emission vehicles.

Here are some of those commonly held misconceptions:

Surely they’re only used as second cars?

Contrary to predictions, electric cars are not used only as a second cars. Findings show that 82% of electric car-owning households in the UK use their electric car as their main vehicle, and for 20% of owners the electric car is their only car, relied on for commutes to work, school and other local destinations.

But aren’t they only used for travelling short distances?

No – when the electric car is the main car in the household, the average annual mileage is around 8,850 miles – actually higher than the estimated average for all cars in the UK, which is 8,430 miles (National Travel Survey data).

But are they as good to drive as normal cars?

Actually, ULEVs are reported as being highly satisfying to own. 9 out of 10 electric vehicle owners would recommend an electric vehicle to others – and are also positive about potentially buying another in the future.

If you want to read more of the report, it can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ultra-low-emission-vehicles-evidence-review-of-uptake-in-the-uk 

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