Electric vehicle comparison site, Power My EV, is looking for up to 2,000 drivers to test a free online assessment that makes it easier for people to see what the switch to an electric car means for them.
The research is part of a UKRI-funded programme harnessing data to accelerate the transition to net-zero energy. Electric cars owners can support the expansion of renewables on the grid if they are aware of the benefits of charging at home at times when there is more energy from renewable sources.
Unlike a petrol or diesel car, the cost and convenience of an electric vehicle (EV) depends not just on mileage but the types of journeys made and the resulting charging patterns. The assessment will find the best electric car for an individual, depending on their typical journeys and budget.
It also shows the cost and carbon savings that can come from thinking about home charging at the same time.
Mat Thomson, co-founder of Power My EV, said: “People still think of electric cars as unaffordable and they worry about long journeys. Our online tool makes it simple to find accurate answers by drawing on lots of available data – on cars, journeys and energy use. This research will aid our understanding of the variety of consumer motivations and concerns around going electric.”
The research involves a short survey about attitudes to cars and home energy use, and a comparison tool for drivers to explore the suitability and affordability of electric cars available today.
The assessment takes around 20 minutes, and everyone who takes part is entered to win a £200 Amazon voucher.