Electric cars get you furthest on a fiver, finds new comparison

Electric cars get you furthest on a fiver, finds new comparison
Electric cars get you furthest on a fiver, finds new comparison

Electric cars offer the best mileage for your money compared with other types of car and public transport, according to new research.

A comparison of EVs, traditionally fuelled cars, buses and trains found that on average EVs cover 45 miles more than the closest competing transport type for the same £5 outlay.

The research by car-buying platform carwow found that a £5 charge would get an all-electric VW e-Golf 102 miles, while the equivalent diesel Golf would cover 57 miles on a fiver’s worth of fuel and the petrol version 50 miles.

All three cars offered longer range than public transport, with £5 getting you 13 miles by bus and 20 miles by train.

Regional differences

Data: Carwow

As well as national averages, the study broke down and compared costs from nine UK cities, as well as Dublin. Thanks to local variations in average electricity, fuel and public transport costs it found substantial regional differences.

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Drivers in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool and Manchester will cover 104.2 miles on a £5 charge (around 48 miles further than a diesel car) while those in Bristol will get just 95.4 miles (41 miles better than a diesel). Londoners will get a decent 102.2 miles but also get furthest on public transport, with a £5 fare stretching to 25 miles by bus and 20.4 by train. In comparison a fiver will get you just 6.6 miles on Bristol’s buses and just 18 miles by train from Birmingham.

Data: Carwow

To calculate the distances, carwow used the official economy/range figures for the Volkswagen Golf in e-Golf, 1.5-litre, 127bhp petrol and 2.0-litre 148bhp diesel versions. It then calculated cost based on current regional electricity and fuel prices. Local public transport prices from each of the chosen cities were also researched to discover how far five pounds (converted from euros for Dublin) would take you on the bus or train.

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While it compares the “fuelling” costs of each type of transport, the study doesn’t look at other associated costs, including the higher purchase price of EVs. The e-Golf costs £27,575 after the £3,500 plug-in grant, compared with £23,340 for an entry-level version of the 1.5 petrol and £25,585 for the equivalent diesel, while, obviously, there are no ownership costs associated with public transport.

Data: Carwow

Range anxiety

Mat Watson from carwow commented: “Some people might be surprised to see that you can travel pretty much double the distance in an electric car than you can with diesel or petrol, but you can’t argue with the data.

That said, ‘range anxiety’ is understandable, particularly as the main battery operated tech the average person will be familiar with is the mobile phone. The good news is there are already more charging stations than petrol stations in the UK, a fact almost half of the country (49 per cent) are unaware of.

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“Undoubtedly more needs to be done when it comes to educating people about electric cars, their benefits and their feasibility; ultimately the choice to move to an alternative fuelled vehicle will be a personal one, depending on where you live and how much local investment there has been to infrastructure as the roll-out has not been even, but progress is being made rapidly.”

Data: Carwow

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