Drivers of plug-in hybrid electric cars were found to make up the most miles in a week, covering on average 127 miles, while petrol vehicles travelled the least distance in a week, with an average mileage of 81 miles. Fully electric vehicle owners were found to cover 91 miles per week, just shy of the 94 miles covered by diesel owners. The research comes ahead of the expansion of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), which will see only fully electric vehicles being exempt from paying Congestion Charges from October 25th.
Less than a fifth (18 percent) of petrol and diesel drivers said they drive more than 200 miles on average in a week, meaning most drivers would be able to make their weekly miles comfortably on a single charge of the new Peugeot e-208, with a range of up to 217 miles (WLTP), or with the new Peugeot e-2008, capable of 206 miles (WLTP).
Despite electric vehicle owners travelling further than petrol drivers, and covering nearly the same distance as diesel motorists, the research showed that range anxiety is still a major concern for internal combustion engine (ICE) drivers thinking of making the switch to fully electric cars. Over one-third (36 percent) of ICE drivers say the range of electric vehicles is the biggest factor stopping them from making the switch, whilst electric vehicle cost (53 percent) and a lack of public charging infrastructure (43 percent) were other leading concerns.
Peugeot offers a broad range of helpful services aimed at tackling these concerns and supporting its customers in making the switch from internal combustion to electric energy. The company’s charge point partner is Pod Point, which is fully approved under the Government Homecharge and Workplace charging scheme. Up to the end of March 2022, customers with off street parking can receive up to £350 in grant funding towards a home charge point. The company also offers a free 6 month charging subscription to BP Pulse with every new electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle, giving buyers access to a network of charge points in the UK.
Customers can also opt to purchase their vehicle with a single service plan to cover all essential maintenance. Owners are also given a certificate of battery capacity after each service, with the battery under warranty for eight years/100,000 miles for 70 percent of its capacity. Customers can also stay connected to their vehicle on the go, by using the MyPeugeot smartphone application to check, schedule, start or delay charging remotely, or to optimise the range by either pre-heating or cooling the interior to the user’s preferred temperature.
“Our latest research busts the myth that electric vehicles are only good for shorter trips” said Julie David, Managing Director of Peugeot UK. “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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