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European electric vehicle owners are said to travel more miles per year than a motorist with a petrol or diesel vehicle, according to new research by Nissan.

The brand’s study showed that the average electric car driver covered 14,200km (8,823 miles) per year behind the wheel of their vehicle. In comparison, those with a petrol or diesel vehicle are said to travel 373 miles less, with an average annual distance of 13,600km (8,450 miles).

Arnaud Charpentier, regional vice president of product strategy and pricing at Nissan, said: “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.”

Drivers of petrol and diesel cars said that greater range was the advantage of their vehicles, with 30 per cent saying they wouldn’t consider an EV yet. When asked why, 58 per cent of motorists said their main concern was low driving range autonomy, with longer electric ranges, easier charging and better infrastructure for plug-in points being needed to convince drivers to make the switch.

Moving to electric car owners, 70 per cent said their experience of range had been better than they expected, while more than two-thirds were happy with the current charging infrastructure for their vehicles.

The results are the findings of 7,000 European drivers – including from the UK – when asked about their opinions on EVs.

Currently Nissan’s only electric car is the Leaf, which recently celebrated 500,000 sales, though the firm is soon set to introduce its new Ariya electric SUV, which brings with it big technological advancements and a range of up to 310 miles.

Ted Welford

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June 3, 2021