Too much range?

Too much range?
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How Much Range is Too Much Range?


If there is one question that we hear above all others, it is:

“What is the range of the car?”

And honestly; as time goes on, the question is seeming less and less relevant for the average driver. 

Can I charge at home?


If you are one of the majority of drivers in the UK that have access to off-street parking*; you can evaluate your required range with some simple maths and basic knowledge.

The vast majority of our customers charge their cars at home and wake up with a full battery every morning. In normal day to day life, an EV owner never needs to worry about range at all.

At JustEVs, we always ensure that you end up with a driving range that surpasses your daily driving distance. In most cases, our customers almost never need to charge away from home. Some EV owners have had their car for years without ever using a public charger.

If you cannot charge at home (or work) then this post may not be for you (but we will have one for you soon.) If you are in the lucky majority, you may be surprised by how little range you need.

How far do I actually drive?


We head to work, do the school run, pop to the shops, and see our friends. This all adds up; but not as much as you would think.

The average driver in the UK only covers 20 miles per day**. This distance is very easily achievable in an EV and much lower than most people would think.

Even our lowest priced electric cars have a range over around 80 miles so daily drives are easily covered.

How far do I actually drive?


We head to work, do the school run, pop to the shops, and see our friends. This all adds up; but not as much as you would think.

The average driver in the UK only covers 20 miles per day**. This distance is very easily achievable in an EV and much lower than most people would think.

Even our lowest priced electric cars have a range over around 80 miles so daily drives are easily covered.

What about my other journeys?


We are not suggesting that no one travels further than 50 miles in a day (however 2020 sure has put a dampener on things!)

We all visit friends, go on holiday, and travel long-distance for work on occasion. Should we look for greater range to cover these eventualities?

The answer is a resounding… maybe!

It all depends how regularly these journeys occur, the time pressures in place, and your attitude to time and money.

For me personally, I am happy to stop and charge for 30 minutes on the occasional long journey. Doing so could save me £15,000 from the purchase price of a car with a bigger range. When I divide the time spent during a rare charging moment over the additional cost of a bigger battery; I simply cannot justify the larger investment.  I can honestly (and unfortunately) say that my time is not worth £1000+ per hour!

However, everyone is different. Some people do not have the time or willingness to charge. There is nothing wrong with that; have a chat with your salesperson and they will put you in the right car. But for most of us, it just isn’t that much of inconvenience to have a short stop on an occasional long journey.

Of course, a lot of our customers with smaller range cars would simply hire a car if they needed to drive 400 miles, or take the other car if they are a multi-car household. The expense of car hire and fuel is more than offset by your savings over the rest of the year. The environmental impact is also minimal as you still cover the vast majority of your miles in your EV when you get home.

So how much range should I aim for?


Working out your range requirements shouldn’t be a challenge!

When we discuss this with our customers, there is a simple starting point we like to use.

Calculate your longest daily drive in a typical week, and add 20-30 miles. This leaves enough range to always feel comfortable in the car, and enough power left in the battery to complete an unforeseen local journey.

Adding extra range on top of that is a personal decision. How much range are you willing to purchase for those longer journeys?

For some people, it is an easy decision to spend an extra few thousand pounds to add 50 miles of range. For others it is not.

This is something you can think about for yourself when you look through our cars and discuss with one of our EV experts before you make a purchase.

Is now the time to stop worrying about range?


With many new EVs offering ranges of 200+ miles, maybe it is about time we stopped worrying about the relentless desire for more range.

There are many other great measures of a car’s success. Weight and efficiency, comfort, and performance all start to become more import measures of an EV’s quality. We suggest it is time to stop asking if a car has enough range and to start asking, “is it the right car for me?”

If you have any questions regarding range, our cars, or anything related to EVs. Do not hesitate to get in contact with us or check out our other EV info posts. Please let us know you have read our article as we always welcome your feedback.

Sources

*PWC – Charging Ahead Report

**Nimblefins – Average Car Mileage UK 2020

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