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EVs rule the roost in two car families

A third of electric vehicle owners also run a petrol or diesel car - and it’s the EV that gets used the most, according to new research.


Our colleagues over at Zap-Map - the UK’s leading charge point mapping service - surveyed 4,300 EV drivers and found that almost a third (1,300) also have a petrol or diesel vehicle sitting outside their home.

And for the vast majority of these so-called ‘dual fuel’ motorists, it’s the EV’s keys that are reached for most often - including on longer trips over 100 miles.

Zap-Map says 85% of dual-fuel drivers will choose electric when doing ‘local daily trips such as going shopping, the school run or eating out’.

For commutes, 71% of these drivers use their EV.

And 67% would go battery-powered ‘for journeys of over 100 miles’.


A Zap-Map spokesperson adds: 

“Even for UK based holidays, likely to involve long cross-country journeys reliant on the public charging network, a majority of 55% will leave the fossil fuel car at home.”

For us here at Select Car Leasing, the study illustrates what we we’ve been saying for a while now - EVs are much easier to live with than doubters might think.

You can read our ‘mythbusting’ feature on electric vehicles here


Melanie Shufflebotham, COO & Co-Founder of Zap-Map, adds: 

“Our survey has shown for several years now that once you go electric, you don’t go back. This year we’ve gone further to show that drivers who haven’t quite let their conventional car go yet still choose to drive their electric. Even for those long cross-country journeys where a charge stop is likely to be necessary.
“It’s an endorsement for EVs that even when the option is open to take the fossil fuel car, drivers are very happy to stick with electric. Anyone who is still on the fence about going electric, perhaps not sure if 2023 is the year to do so just yet, this should be clear evidence that it’s time to take the plunge!”


The Zap-Map EV Charging Survey showed that most EV owners (49%) only own an electric vehicle.

Almost one in ten (8%) have two or more and 2% own or regularly use one battery electric and one plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.

In addition, 25% drive one battery-electric car and one fossil fuel vehicle, while the remainder drive a mixture of battery electric, plug-in hybrid and/or fossil fuel vehicles.


Satisfaction levels for electric vehicles remain higher than for petrol and diesel.

Less than 2% of EV drivers want to return to petrol or diesel compared to 9 out of 10 who would not consider trading for a conventional car.

Meanwhile the report shows 89% satisfaction for battery-electric vehicles and 83% for plug-in hybrid electric — both higher than 71% for petrol and diesel.


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Friday, 17/05/2024