Owners of electric cars are likely to use them as the main household car according to a UK government report.
The report, Uptake of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEV), said that contrary to popular perceptions, 82% of ULEV-owning households in the UK use their electric car as their main vehicle, while for 20% of owners an electric vehicle is the only car.
The report also found that ULEV usage was not restricted to short-distance journeys, as per previous predictions. In fact, plug-ins were being driven for comparable mileages to petrol and diesel cars. Where an ULEV was used as the main car in the household, the average annual mileage is approximately 8,850 miles. This is greater than with the estimated UK average for all cars of 8,430 miles, according to National Travel Survey data.
The research said that the vast majority of ULEV owners in the UK are highly satisfied with their ownership experience. In a UK trial, 90% said they would recommend an electric vehicle to others. Furthermore, the evidence shows that most ULEV owners are positive about buying another plug-in vehicle in the future.
Transport minister Andrew Jones said: “As this report shows, plug-in vehicles are cheap to run, can be used every day and owner satisfaction is incredibly high.
“More and more families and businesses are choosing plug-in cars and vans to help them get on in life. The government is investing £500 million over the next five years in ultra low emission vehicles, innovative technology and charging infrastructure to support jobs and growth and keep Britain as a global leader for ULEVs.”