‘More confidence’: Electric vehicle popularity rising as owners could save £351 per year

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In 2020, the UK’s leading breakdown provider attended around 13,000 electric vehicle breakdowns, of which just under four percent were for vehicles running out of charge. This figure has halved in the last few years.

However, only one percent of 14,500 drivers polled could correctly estimate the infrequency of this issue.

The average guess was two thirds (65 percent) of all EV breakdowns due to the main driving battery running out.

The top two breakdowns for combustion engine vehicles are the same, with tyres and the smaller 12-volt battery being the main cause of the faults.

Drivers were also asked what they believed to be the average distance an EV could travel on a single charge, with a quarter correctly identifying a range of up to 200 miles.

For World EV Day last week, the AA attempted to ‘myth-bust’ a common misconception, as Edmund King OBE, AA president, explained.

He said: “As we fast approach the 2030 ban on new petrol and diesel sales, more drivers are thinking about electric cars.

“However, there are still concerns about the existing charging infrastructure and single charge range.

“Likewise, most drivers totally over-estimate the percentage of breakdowns due to running out of charge.

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“The reality is far better than drivers think, with very few EVs failing to reach a chargepoint.

“As more charge points, especially rapid chargers, are installed across the country the number of cars failing to reach one will further reduce, providing more confidence to drivers to help them make the switch.”

This comes as 39 percent of drivers say they would switch from fossil fuel powered vehicles to an EV.

Love my EV has found that EV owners could save £351 a year on their energy bills by switching to an EV-friendly tariff.

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