A persistent belief that pure electric vehicles are only suitable for low annual mileage needs to be overturned, says Arval.
The vehicle leasing company says that the applications for which EVs are appropriate depend much more on the daily driving profile of each driver.
Shaun Sadlier, Head of Consulting, said, “This is a myth that we hear regularly – that if you cover more than a few thousand miles a year, EVs should be taken off the table as a choice.
“This argument is really an extension of range anxiety, the idea that because an EV has a limited range and takes time to recharge, that it cannot cover a longer distance annually.”
However, Shaun says, the real world suitability of EVs depends much more on the range of a particular model and each driver’s actual needs on a day-by-day basis. “If you look at a driver who covers 25,000 miles a year, towards the upper end of the typical fleet spectrum, then the suitability of an EV rests entirely on their daily mileage.
“If that driver covers 246 miles, twice a week, for 46 weeks of the year, then an EV is probably not for them. They are exceeding or getting close to the maximum range of even the best EVs that are now available on the market.
“However, if they drive 110 miles, five days a week, for 46 weeks of the year and this mileage pattern is very predictable, then an EV could absolutely be suitable because it is well within the range for most models and the car can be recharged overnight.”