EV Owners Do More Mileage Than Petrolheads

Wed 9th Jun 2021

Surprising new research has found that despite worries and concerns or so-called range anxiety, electric vehicle owners are actually enjoying life on the road more than those who drive combustion engines.

Analysis by Nissan has found that European EV drivers are driving on average 14,200 kilometres a year, that compares to 13,600 for those in ICE vehicles.

“This research reiterates that electric driving is not only a smart option beneficial to the environment but also a fun, exciting and convenient choice for the owners. It is no surprise that people now drive EV further than ICE cars. We are confident that with more EV on the road dispelling myths, range anxiety will soon be in the past,” said Arnaud Charpentier, Region Vice President of Nissan.

Those worries about a lack of charging infrastructure have also been dispelled by electric vehicle drivers, the vast majority (69%) of EV owners admit that they are happy with the current charging infrastructure, although that may change if more and more EVs are fighting for the same number of charging spots. However, while the media likes to report of a lack of charging points, 23 per cent of EV owners says that this is the most common myth surrounding driving an electric vehicle.

But there is no escaping the fact that range anxiety is still prevalent amongst those who have yet to switch to electric. Almost 50 per cent (47%) of ICE drivers believe that the major advantage of a petrol or diesel car is a greater range, and that main reason for those unlikely to consider switching is EVs having a low range.

Nissan’s research comes as a part of a major PR campaign from the Japanese firm at normalising EV driving. 

“This is an exciting time for the automotive industry. As we continue to expand our electric line-up with the all-electric coupé crossover, the Nissan Ariya and the all-new Qashqai with our award-winning e-POWER technology, there will be more choice to help inspire drivers to make the switch and continue this positive trend of cleaner travel for our planet,” continued Arnaud Charpentier.