The Anonymous Widower

Electric Cars Do 26% More Miles A Year Than Petrol‑Engine Rivals

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article in The Times.

As the research was performed by the RAC Foundation, probably in the UK, I think this is not greenwash from environmental lobbyists!

April 28, 2020 - Posted by | Transport | ,


  1. Eh? Surely the number of miles a vehicle does is controlled by the willingness of the driver to drive not the motive power?

    It is not necessarily a good thing that EV is being driven more petrol (potentially because if cost advantages of heavier use). More congestion, more road deaths, particulates (brakes and tyres), and some CO2 given typical UK energy production mix (energy is fungible within limited capacity, so choosing to use only renewable to charge car just means other energy uses wind up producing proportionally more CO2 in a “wooden dollars” accounting sort of way)

    Comment by MilesT | April 28, 2020 | Reply

  2. I think one factor could be that a high proportion of the owners of electric cars have their own personal charging point at home.

    Some of these charging systems now allow your house and car to share electricity and both can benefit from solar panels on the roof.

    So are some people going for a total energy solution for their needs and if you are only doing trips from home up to perhaps a hundred miles, electric cars may be the most affordable solution.

    Comment by AnonW | April 28, 2020 | Reply

    • The “sharing” setup is still quite rare, as is the ability to be off grid with your panels or turbine (needs extra electrical disconnect safety cutouts if the mains goes out to stop your electricity travelling back up the line causing a safety hazard to repair engineers…”Crighton” Llewelyn has vlogged on YouTube about his panel/battery setup which does have the cutout)

      So your personal electricity isn’t technically carbon free (even if you use all of it), it comingles via the reverse meter arrangement, to marginally reduce the UK CO2 component of electricity.

      But I accept that I am splitting hairs here.

      Comment by MilesT | April 29, 2020 | Reply

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