Electric Car Drivers Adjust Driving Ways

A recent study published by the UK-based Technology Strategy Board shows that drivers behind the wheel of low-carbon vehicles really like their rides.

The study involved 340 ultra-low carbon vehicles, just under 20,000 charging events and over 110,000 individual journeys covering just under 680,000 miles. The study used multiple vehicle types, including including high performance cars and small city runabouts, that were driven by real users making everyday journeys.

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The findings, collected from on-board computers and face-to-face surveys, reveal that participants in the trial met the challenges of switching to an ultra low carbon vehicle with ease, often getting completely used to the change after just one week. Participants were also impressed with the performance of their ultra low carbon vehicles, and 83 per cent of private drivers said the vehicles met their daily needs.

The survey wasn’t all rainbows and puppy dogs, however. Prior to the trial 100 percent of private drivers said they would be more concerned about reaching their destination with an electric vehicle than they would with their normal car. After three months this concern was reduced by 35 per cent. This drop is in part due to the increased understanding of vehicle capabilities, driving techniques and journey planning. However, after three months of vehicle use, drivers still cite the adequate range they require for daily trips as 92.12 miles (private drivers) and 120.64 miles (fleet drivers) respectively, showing that despite confidence in the vehicles’ ability an increased range is still a key desire.

Steve Duda lives in West Seattle, WA with three dogs and a lot of outdoor gear. A part-time fly fishing fishing guide and full-time writer, Steve’s work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Seattle Weekly, American Angler, Fly Fish Journal, The Drake, Democracy Now! and many others.