Time to plug in? 77% of daily journeys could be completed using an EV

Are you a fleet operator? Considering going electric? Then we’ve got some great news! Research has revealed over three-quarters of daily company car journeys could now be completed using a fully electric vehicle.

A recent trial by ALD Automotive gave 20 company car drivers a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) to see just how many typical fleet drivers could realistically convert to a fully electric vehicle (EV) based on their driving profile.

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After analysing 1,400 days’ worth of journey data, ALD Automotive was able to identify where journeys made in a diesel or petrol vehicle could be replaced by an electric alternative. Based on a sample of company cars covering 95,000 over 2,396 hours, the data found:

  • 77% of daily journeys were less than 100 miles a day
  • 52% of daily journeys were less than 50 miles a day
  • Only 12% of daily journeys were over 150 miles a day
  • Less than 6% of all daily journeys analysed were over 200 miles

Matt Dale, consultancy manager for ALD, said: “There is now an expanding choice of Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) available which can easily cover in excess of 100 miles on a single charge. This means over three-quarters of all journeys could be completed using purely electric power.”

ALD Automotive’s recent Plug-In Hybrid trial revealed that, when charged sufficiently, this type of vehicle performs well at a range of mileages and journey types and can, therefore, make a practical alternative to diesel or petrol.

The new Nissan Leaf is capable of up to 235 miles on a single charge.

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With cars like the all-new Nissan Leaf now capable of more than 200 miles on a single charge combined with ever-improving charge point infrastructure, there’s no reason that fleet operators couldn’t make use of fully electric vehicles, in fact our own case study shows it’s a trend that has already begun.

Dale commented: “Our findings were based on the assumption of a single daily charge so, as the public charging infrastructure improves, even more daily journeys will be viable in a BEV. It’s already possible to get an 80% charge on the motorway in about the time it takes to grab some lunch.”

More fleets than ever are going electric or hybrid.

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ALD’s research is part of its wider ‘Get Future Ready’ initiative, which includes a step-by-step guide for businesses looking to assess the suitability of this type of vehicle for their fleet. You can find more info here.

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