Nissan has undertaken a comprehensive survey of 7,000 ICE and EV drivers in 9 European countries; the data was obtained during February 2021.
There were some key findings:
- European EV drivers are yearly travelling further on average than petrol/diesel (ICE) car users
- 70% acknowledge EV range autonomy is better than expected
- Most European EV drivers are happy with the current charging infrastructure
Unsurprisingly a significant proportion (58%) of current ICE drivers say that the biggest concern they have regarding EVs is low range. However the majority of EV owners are satisfied with the range offered, stating it was ‘better than expected’. This shows there is still some education required for ICE drivers, but also there is still a substantial proportion (30%) who do need longer EV range. This will decrease as range improves over time with improved battery technology. Real-world ranges of 300 miles are now becoming quite common, and for the vast majority of drivers this will easily meet their needs.
The most surprising part of the survey is that EV drivers are travelling further than petrol and diesel motorists. ICE motorists are travelling an average distance of 13,600km, but EV drivers are travelling over 14,200km per annum. So despite some concerns regarding range, EV drivers are travelling further than their ICE counterparts.
“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.”Arnaud Charpentier (Region Vice President, Product Strategy and Pricing, Nissan AMIEO)