In a recent study conducted by Peugeot, it has been revealed that drivers of its electrified cars have been covering greater distances than its petrol and diesel drivers. In a study of 1 800 UK drivers, with a proportionate mix of electric, hybrid, petrol and diesel car owners, it found electric and plug-in hybrid owners cover on average 175 km in their cars per week, compared to just 142 km per week for petrol and diesel owners.
Drivers of plug-in hybrid electric cars were found to make up the highest distance in a week, covering on average 204 km, while petrol vehicles travelled the least distance in a week, with an average mileage of 130 km. Fully electric vehicle owners were found to cover 146 km per week, just shy of the 151 km covered by diesel owners.
18 per cent of petrol and diesel drivers told Peugeot that they drive more than 322 km on average in a week. This means that most drivers would be able to make their weekly distance comfortably on a single charge in your standard compact electric hatch.
Despite electric vehicle owners travelling further than petrol drivers, and covering nearly the same distance as diesel motorists, the research showed that range anxiety is still a major concern for internal combustion engine drivers thinking of making the switch to fully electric cars. 36 per cent of ICE drivers say the range of electric vehicles is the biggest factor stopping them from making the switch, whilst electric vehicle cost (53 per cent) and a lack of public charging infrastructure (43 per cent) were other leading concerns.