To help further understand the driving experiences and perception of European motorists, the study reveals EV drivers are becoming trailblazers on European roads, totalling on average more than 14,200km1,2 yearly.
Compared to their ICE driver counterparts, who are averaging 13,600km1, this new research foresees a bright future for sustainable mobility.
Ahead of World Environment Day on Saturday 05 June, designed to encourage worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment, these findings present electric mobility and its environmental benefits as a key driver in helping to tackle ecological challenges.
“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, Product Strategy and Pricing, Nissan AMIEO.
Going the distance
Of the European EV drivers surveyed, Italian electric drivers travel the furthest, averaging more than 15,000km1,2 yearly closely followed by those in the Netherlands (14,800km1,2), demonstrating that those who have already made the switch feel at ease behind the wheel of zero-emission motors.
Reassuringly, the majority (69%1) of European EV drivers are happy with the current charging infrastructure available. Likewise, almost a quarter (23%1) say the most common myth surrounding EV driving is that the current charging infrastructure cannot cope, indicating high satisfaction in existing EV drivers, and a positive opportunity for future adopters.
Almost half (47%1) of European ICE drivers say the main advantage of a petrol or diesel car is greater range autonomy. Likewise, when looking into the reasons behind the 30%1 of European ICE drivers who are unlikely to consider a fully electric vehicle, the majority (58%1) said the biggest concern is that EVs have low driving range autonomy.
Further exploration into factors that would convince drivers to switch unsurprisingly reveal: 38%1 of ICE drivers in Europe believe the biggest pull-factor would be greater range, 32%1 of European ICE drivers would be drawn by ease of charging, 30%1 note having a better charging infrastructure would persuade them to switch.
The survey also uncovers a strong disconnect surrounding charging and infrastructure from those EV drivers who currently utilise the facilities, and the impression of those ICE drivers yet to benefit from them, highlighting starkly different viewpoints: 56%1 of European ICE drivers who are not considering an EV believe there are not enough charging points, 56%1 think they are more expensive to buy than their petrol/diesel equivalent, 48%1 suggest there is not enough public charging infrastructure.
However, over a quarter of European EV motorists say that running out of charge (28%1), charging time (30%1) and EVs being expensive (31%1) are amongst the biggest myths of EV driving, implying that charging and infrastructure are sufficiently developed.
Leading the change: My Life with a Nissan LEAF series
As we enter the second decade of electrification, it is ever more apparent that EVs will be further embedded into our daily lives.
In the final instalment of My Life with a Nissan LEAF series, Nissan LEAF owners discuss their favourite aspects of being EV owners, talking about mileage, long distance driving, advanced tech, safety and more.