Some of Britain’s most efficient electric cars can travel three times the distance of their petrol or diesel rivals for the same amount of money, according to new research.
Car review website Parkers worked out how far a car could travel on a single pound, regardless of whether it was a pound of petrol, diesel or electricity.
The study found Britain’s most efficient electric cars, the 2019 first edition Kia e-Niro and the 65kW Renault Zoe, which has been around since 2012, did 33.1 miles per pound of electricity you charge them up with.
Model of efficiency: Parkers worked out the 2019 Kia e-Niro and the 65kW Renault Zoe would do 33.1 miles for every pound you charged them up with at home, three times the range of the cheapest internal combustion engine vehicle according to the same sums
The standard range version of Tesla’s much-hyped Model 3 came in third place, and was found to do 32.3 mpp.
By comparison, the most economical version of the UK’s best-selling car the Ford Fiesta was found to do just 9.3 mpp, making it potentially almost four times more expensive to run.
Electric cars are considerably more expensive to purchase than their petrol or diesel rivals, however.
Britain’s best-selling car the Ford Fiesta was found to just 9.3 miles for every pound of petrol put into it, making it potentially four times more expensive to run than its electric counterparts
Even the UK’s most efficient and cheapest to run petrol and diesel models, the Honda Civic Saloon and the Ford Focus, both did 10.8 mpp.
Parkers worked out the cost based on home charging prices rather than the price of public charge points, which it said was because these costs can wildly vary.
Parkers said that with the average UK motorist driving around 7,150 miles a year, it would cost them £216 to charge the two most efficient electric models from home.
The Ford Fiesta, under the same calculations, would cost £768, a big difference.
It based the price of electricity on the cost per kilowatt hour on ‘a domestic tariff’, and based petrol and diesel costs on the AA Fuel Price Reports.
In its report issued at the end of September, the motoring organisation said the average price of unleaded was 127.7p per litre, and diesel 131.4p per litre.
Of course, the price of electricity tariffs can also vary wildly.
While the UK’s electric vehicle market remains small, sales were up 122% in the first 9 months of this year compared to the same period in 2018
Parkers said it launched the pricing metric as a point of comparison as the electric vehicle market continues to grow.
According to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders, sales of battery electric cars rose 122 per cent in the first nine months of 2019 compared to the same period last year, despite new car sales down 2.5 per cent overall.
|Electric (Miles per pound)||Petrol/Diesel (Miles per pound)|
|Kia e-Niro First Edition (33.1mpp)||Honda Civic Saloon 1.6i DTEC (D) (10.8mpp)|
|Renault Zoe 65kW (33.1mpp)||Ford Focus 1.5 EcoBlue (D) – (10.8mpp)|
|Tesla Model 3 Standard Range (32.3mpp)||Honda Jazz S 1.3 i-VTEC (P) (10.3mpp)|
|Volkswagen e-Golf (30.8mpp)||Dacia Logan MCV Blue dCi 95 (D) (10.3mpp)|
|BMW i3 (30.0mpp)||Kia Ceed 1.6 CRDi (D) (10.1mpp)|
|BMW i3S (29.2mpp)||Suzuki Celerio 1.0 Dualjet (P) (10.1mpp)|
|Tesla Model S Long Range (30.0mpp)||Dacia Sandero Stepway Blue dCi 95 (D) (9.9mpp)|
|Nissan Leaf 62kWh (26.9mpp)||Mercedes-Benz A 180 d (D) (9.3mpp)|
|Smart EQ Fortwo Coupe (26.9mpp)||Mercedes-Benz B 180 d (D) (9.1mpp)|
|Tesla Model X Long Range (24.6mpp)||Citroen C3 Aircross BlueHDi 100 (D) (9.1mpp)|
Transport secretary Grant Shapps also hinted at the Tory party conference that the 2040 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars could be brought forward to 2035, in an effort to further accelerate the take-up of electric vehicles.
He said: ‘As you may know, we’ve already committed to ending the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2040.
‘However, if we’re to become the world-leader in green technology, we must always be looking to expand our ambitions.’
However, the SMMT said the move to low carbon transport was a huge task given how low and zero-emission vehicles still only make up a fraction of the market.
Tesla’s much hyped Model 3, which costs around £38,500 for the Standard Range Plus model. While this is expensive, Parkers worked out it’d do 32 miles for every pound you put in it, giving you more pedal for your metal than a Ford Fiesta
The editor of Parkers, Keith Adams, said: ‘We created miles per pound as a way of demystifying the running costs of electric vehicles because above and beyond their range, and how long they take to charge, there is little uniformity in how carmakers express just how much energy these cars use.
‘Taking fuelling costs into account, monthly costs for internal combustion engine cars and electric vehicles are much closer than the gap in list price might suggest.
‘While it’s easy to be put off at the price of an electric car, when you look at it from a monthly costs perspective the prospect is all the more attractive.
‘The running costs are low, there is zero road tax and, from next year, zero company car tax, too.’
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