Many people still compare charging a fully electric car with refueling a fuel car. This gives them the fear that with an electric car you just lose half an hour 'at the pump'. In practice, an overwhelming majority of drivers visit the roadside fast charger at most every month.
This is evidenced by the EV Driver Survey 2020 from New Motion, the Shell industry that provides charging points and other related infrastructure, published last week. Almost 40 percent of drivers of electric cars, of which 22 percent are leased from an employer, never or annually come to the fast charger. Another 37 percent say they use it every month.
The majority of drivers, 45 percent, charge the car at home every day, while another 18 percent do so at work. This means that the process has more in common with charging a telephone than with refueling a fuel car, provided you have your own driveway or garage, of course.
Of the Dutch respondents, 81 percent say they have a charging point at home. Another 72 percent can also load on work.
According to the study, drivers use only 20 percent of the battery for their average daily ride. For the respondents it is therefore not very important whether they can go home with a full battery. Only 21 percent want it fully charged before departure. For 51 percent, a capacity of between 30 and 80 percent is sufficient.
Drivers of electric cars do not stare blindly at a full battery. (Photo: Opel)
Great willingness to charge smartly
The survey was conducted among nearly 5,500 people in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The answers about charging infrastructure show that Dutch drivers of electric cars are spoiled with charging points. According to the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, our country has 51,331 (semi) public charging points and 1,306 fast chargers.
In our country, the attention has shifted from more charging points to faster charging. In fact, more loading locations come in third place for improvement, while in almost all other countries this is at the top. Only in France is faster charging the most important point.
Respondents were also asked about smart charging and responding to the varying availability of, for example, wind and solar energy. This means that connected cars are not directly charged at full power or that the charging session starts even later. V2X technology, with which electricity from the car can be fed back into the electricity grid, is also included in the questions.
Apart from French drivers, all respondents in the majority are willing to charge smartly. But where up to 73 percent of the British think this is a good idea, 52 percent of the French are not prepared to do this.
With this installation, Nissan did a test to transfer electricity from the car to the grid. (Photo: Nissan)
(Even) greater action radius and lower price desirable
When asked about what other drivers could do to switch to fully electric vehicles, current car owners come to the more or less usual points.
Although 71 percent of them think the reach of their model is sufficient, 56 percent think that a larger reach also means greater acceptance and sales. 55 percent believe that a lower purchase price will make people switch.