EVs are driven further than regular vehicles

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Words: Nile Bijoux
9 Oct 2018

New Kiwi data from Flip the Fleet suggests that electric vehicles are driven further than ICE-powered vehicles.

According to the report, the annual average distance travelled by EVs is 14,100km/year, compared with 11,500km/year for regular vehicles.

Even the earliest Nissan Leaf model, which has one of the smallest batteries, is travelling more than the average ICE powered vehicle.

The average single round trip in a New Zealand EV is 48km, whereas the NZTA estimates that the equivalent in a combustion vehicle is only 28km. One of the 30kWh Leafs contributing to the Flip the Fleet database averages 45,000 km per year.

“The data well and truly busts the myth that EVs aren’t a practical substitute for a conventional car," said Kathryn Trounson, chairperson of the Better New Zealand Trust.

“Many EV owners also retain one of their old combustion vehicles as a back-up, but then concentrate most of the family’s travel in the EV to save money," added Daniel Myall, Flip the Fleet’s statistician.

“Whoever is going furthest that day gets to take the EV… which becomes the family workhorse and the household’s transport costs and transport emissions are minimised.

“EVs are particularly good for people with a reasonably long commute. Even though a typical EV costs more to buy, owners can quickly regain that through avoided petrol costs.”

The Mitsubishi Outlander, a plug-in hybrid, averaged 19,000 km per year, the most of any EV model, according to the report.

Flip the Fleet estimated that a commuter doing a 100km round trip to work, five days a week, is saving $90 per week in fuel and maintenance costs by driving an EV.

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