IF YOU BELIEVE WHAT ELECTRIC VEHICLE (EV) HATERS SAY IN THE MEDIA, THERE’S NO POINT IN HAVING AN EV AS IT JUST HASN’T THE RANGE. WHAT RUBBISH!
The average distance a UK commuter will drive every day to work and back is 24 miles. That means for most people every EV on the £18,000-£30,000 price range has more than enough juice to only be charged once a week. Yes – once a week!
That myth busted, let’s look at some of the other things you’ll do with your car. The average distance a UK driver goes for every purpose throughout the year is 7500 miles. That’s 144 miles a week including commuting, shopping, getting the kids to school and perhaps the odd night out. If you are an average person doing average things in an average life you will only have to charge your BMW i3S and the eNV200 once a week, while in theory at least you’ll still not have to charge any of the other cars up until the weekend.
Not everyone is average! Most people have in-laws and friends who live a few miles away and will have to do a run of more than 100 miles. I do a 350-mile round trip to Luton roughly once every two months and will see my wife’s family (120 mile round trip) or my mother (240 miles) every month. Many charging stations around the UK (such as the Elmtronics network) will give you a fast top up in around 40 minutes. I have a two year old daughter who will raise hellfire if we don’t stop around once in 90 minutes for around half an hour. If you’re like me, just plug the car in while refuelling the midget in the back – is that such a hardship?!
Guest editorial by Richard Shrubb
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