Majority of weekly car drivers could cover their mileage on single charge

New survey reveals that 85% of drivers drove less than 200 miles each week for business and leisure.

A survey of over 500 customers by salary-sacrifice car benefits provider, Tusker, has shown the average range of their 41 electric models (and 230 derivatives) is 231 miles, meaning most drivers getting behind the wheel of an electric car could complete all their travelling on a single weekly charge.

The trend was similar when surveying over 1,400 non-Tusker drivers, with 82% admitting to covering less than 200 miles per week, figures which have remained static for two successive years.

In Tusker’s surveys, less than 7% of drivers said they drove more than 300 miles weekly, which according to manufacturers’ data would still be covered by a single charge in a variety of models including the VW ID-4, Skoda Enyaq, Audi e-Tron, Hyundai Kona and the Tesla range.

The increased range of the latest EVs has also contributed to 63% of drivers saying they were ‘fairly or very interested in considering a zero-emission car on salary sacrifice’.

Paul Gilshan, Tusker’s CEO, said: “With the majority of new models offering a range of over 250 miles, drivers are less concerned about range. Infact ‘range anxiety’ has moved to ‘range awareness’, as many drivers now realise they can cover their weekly miles with one charge.

“Consequently 83% of drivers surveyed are now considering an electric car for their next vehicle, a rise from 74% in 2020. Salary sacrifice is playing its part in speeding up the move to electric vehicles for employees across the country.”

69% of survey respondents said they were aware of the savings available on electric cars when taken on a salary sacrifice scheme, a rise from 57% in the 2020 survey.

Tusker’s success at moving customer drivers into greener vehicles has also continued during the past 12 months with 33% of their audience now driving an EV compared with 5% in 2020’s survey.

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