The UK's largest electric vehicle study has concluded that "Electric vehicles are 'more than capable" of meeting the needs of urban drivers'. The study incorporated determining long-term use of Electric Vehicles, undertaken in Coventry and Birmingham over a 12-month period, and involved 25 Mitsubishi i-MiEVs and 20 smart fortwo electric vehicles, both of which are covered by the government's Plug-In Car Grant.
Just two percent of the journeys undertaken used up more than 50 percent of the battery, allowing the vehicle to return to the start point without recharging. The research also showed users are more likely to charge depending on convenience rather than the battery life falling below a certain level, with the majority choosing to recharge once they reached their final destination.
Peak charging times were between 7am and 9am, and 6pm and 7pm, which the researchers attributed to people completing their journeys to and from work, while there was also a surge after 11pm, which was thought to be from people taking advantage of off-peak electricity.
The UK's 'Plug-In Car Grant' was introduced in January of this year and currently covers the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Smart Fortwo, Peugeot iOn, Nissan Leaf, Tata Vista and Citroen CZero, with more set to go on sale in January 2012.