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A new study has found European EV drivers are driving more on average than petrol or diesel drivers, according to research commissioned by Nissan.

The study revealed EV drivers are becoming trailblazers on European roads, totalling on average more than 14,200km yearly – 630 kilometres further than their internal combustion engine (ICE) driver counterparts. 

Ahead of World Environment Day tomorrow – Saturday 05 June – the findings present electric mobility and its environmental benefits as a key driver in helping to tackle ecological challenges.

“This research reiterates that electric driving is not only a smart option beneficial to the environment but also a fun, exciting and convenient choice for the owners – it is no surprise that people now drive EV further than ICE cars,” said Arnaud Charpentier, Region Vice President, Product Strategy and Pricing, Nissan AMIEO.

We are confident that with more EV on the road dispelling myths, range anxiety will soon be in the past.”

Almost half (47%) of European ICE drivers say the main advantage of a petrol or diesel car is greater range autonomy. Further exploration into factors that would convince drivers to switch unsurprisingly reveal:

  • 38% of ICE drivers in Europe believe the biggest pull-factor would be greater range 
  • 32% of European ICE drivers would be drawn by ease of charging. 
  • 30% note having a better charging infrastructure would persuade them to switch.

“With EVs on the cusp of wide-spread adoption, we can be confident these positive findings should help change the opinion of the ICE drivers for whom a degree of range anxiety is still preventing them from converting to electric mobility,” continued Arnaud.