Enedis, an EDF subsidiary, carried out a major study on the use of electric cars in France.

When a new electric car is announced, it is easy to get lost in the kWh of battery, the autonomy, the charging times, the types of terminals … And also easy to lose sight of what the owners of these cars make it.

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Fortunately, Enedis, part of the EDF group and responsible for the electricity network in France, has achieved a study on the uses electric cars.

88% live in single-family homes

Starting with their owners: they live 88% in single-family homes, and 12% in buildings. Normal: it is much easier to charge from your own garage than in the city, where many residents do not have access to a charging solution at night. A household charge which is crucial, since 88% of those questioned declared that they did not use never or very rarely a public terminal to charge their car.

They simply do not need it: even if the average range of the vehicles interviewed is 275 km, they only drive 44 km per day on average. Not surprisingly, when we know that 48% of respondents only use their electric car for commuting, and that 79% of them have another car.

Autonomy, an outdated value?

Are the issues of autonomy and public terminals ultimately futile? Yes and no. First, 52% of electric car owners use it also for weekends and departures on vacation. Then the autonomy figures remain a psychological block important, it is the famous fear of going out of power. Especially since, in a previous survey conducted by OpinionWay, 85% of electric car users said they had encountered a broken down terminal.

Finally, remember that the vast majority of electric car owners have also a thermal (79%). If the objective, as announced by many countries such as France or the United Kingdom, is toprohibit thermal, we will have to allow electrics to really take their place, and not just on short daily journeys.

Source: Enedis via CCFA

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