Nissan says a survey it commissioned shows that European electric vehicle drivers drive further on average than users of cars with internal combustion engines (ICEs).
To help better understand the driving experiences and perceptions of European motorists, the study reveals that electric vehicle drivers are becoming pioneers on European roads, averaging over 14,200 km per year. This compares to an average of 13,600 km for their ICE counterparts.
“This research reiterates that electric driving is not only a smart option that benefits the environment, but also a fun, exciting and convenient choice for owners. It’s no surprise that people are now driving electric vehicles further than ICE cars. We are convinced that with more electric vehicles on the road, dispelling myths, range anxiety will soon be a thing of the past, ”said Arnaud Charpentier, Regional Vice President, Product Strategy and Pricing, Nissan AMIEO .
Almost half (47%) of ICE drivers say the main benefit of a gasoline or diesel car is greater range. Likewise, looking at the reasons behind the 30% of ICE drivers who are unlikely to consider a fully electric vehicle, the majority (58%) said the biggest concern is that EVs have poor driving range. .
A closer exploration of the factors that may convince drivers to change vehicles reveals not surprisingly:
- 38% of ICE drivers think the biggest pull factor would be greater range
- 32% of ICE drivers would be attracted by the ease of charging.
- 30% note that having a better charging infrastructure would persuade them to change.
However, despite these results, compared to those who have already converted to an electric car, EV drivers confidently counteract these fears. Some 70% of existing electric vehicle drivers note that their experience with range has been better than expected. These results, according to Nissan, make it clear to ICE drivers that range shouldn’t be a deterrent to switching to an EV.