Vehicle range can seem like barrier to EV uptake. However, statistics from Transport Scotland show that the average journey by car in Scotland is less than 15 miles.
Even in remote rural locations such as the Isles of Uist, a recent study found that 89% of householders travel less than 60 miles per day.
All vehicles eligible for funding under the UK Government plug-in grant scheme have a range of at least 70 miles, and most have a greater range.
Where daily use is less than the vehicle’s range, a vehicle can be charged at its home location overnight as long as there is a charger.
For longer journeys, charging will be needed at work or on route, in which case vehicle users need to consider two key questions:
- Is there is a charger within range?
- Is there sufficient time factored into the journey for charging?