15 Jul 2011 10:07:04
Electric vehicle trial hailed as a success
Electric vehicles are "more than capable" of meeting the needs of urban drivers.
That is the conclusion of the UK's largest electric vehicle study determining long-term use, undertaken in Coventry and Birmingham over a 12-month period.
CABLED2 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 trial has shown that the current generation of low carbon vehicles are as capable as conventional diesel and petrol engines for performance and ease of use, whilst having significantly lower emissions and operating costs," Brian Price from Aston University, which analysed the data, said.