The number of drivers of electric vehicles in which the battery sat twice in two years: only 4% of breakdowns that visit AA, now account for EV with zero charge

  • AA says about 8% of annual requests are for electronic cars that run without work in 2020
  • Now it’s less than 4%, and many aren’t discharging, but their batteries are discharging
  • AA President Edmund King says range anxiety theory “untrue”
  • King added that old diesels will be looked at the way we do “smoke on the top deck of the bus”

Concerns about the range are quickly a thing of the past, and fewer electric car owners are charging their batteries while traveling, says AA.

Over the past two years, the share of EVs saved by a breakdown relief company has halved from 8 percent to less than 4 percent as motorists have become increasingly accustomed to the requirement to drive a car entirely on batteries.

Edmund King, president of the automotive industry, says the theory that the EV battery is running low is “untrue” and should not force people to switch from petrol and diesel cars.

And when he casually digs up an internal combustion engine, he says that old diesel cars will soon be looked at “just as we now think of smoking on the top deck of a bus.”

What is the range of anxiety? AA said fears that electric cars would run out of batteries are no longer a major concern, as less than 4% of annual hatches to recharge

AA says very few electric car drivers are now completely discharged.

About half of the 4 percent of customers who own EV, which AA classifies as a recovery notice, haven’t actually discharged the battery to zero, but they are low and fear they won’t get to the next available charging point.

It says that the most common causes of breakdowns of electric vehicles are exactly the same as in gasoline and diesel, namely problems with the 12-volt battery and faulty tires.

Other EV faults are completely different and cover things like chargers, signal lamps, battery monitoring systems or key transponders.

“In twenty years of driving an EV, I’ve run out of charge only once,” explains AA President Edmund King, who currently drives a fully electric Porsche Taycan.

“My first EV was a Ford Think! with a range of 37 miles and I once tried to drive from central London to St Albans on a dark, rainy night and didn’t quite have time.

“Yes, there have been cases where I have had a low charge or occasional chargers, but they are hard to run out of.”

In Norway, where the concentration of electric vehicles is much higher than in the UK, the discharge rate has dropped to just 1 per cent as drivers have acclimatized to owning fully battery-powered cars.

King says this is because most electric vehicles are also well-equipped to warn drivers if they run the risk of draining their batteries – and have a number of remedies to mitigate the effects of failure.

The latest EVs have a signal lamp that lights up when the battery capacity drops to 20 percent, while others automatically redirect your trip by satellite navigation through the charger.

Others will also put the car into battery saving mode, which reduces acceleration and consumes less energy.

“Drivers shouldn’t dwell on fears because that’s not true,” King added, to promote the benefits of switching to plug-in cars.

“Of course, the charging infrastructure can and is being improved, but a little planning can take a very long time.

“We are also now observing EVs with a much longer range, and most new EVs can travel at least 250 miles.”

He added: “Pretty soon we will be thinking about old diesel cars just as we are thinking about smoking on the top deck of the bus now.”

RAC upgrades EV chargers in evacuation vans (but mostly diesels)

The RAC has announced that by the end of the year, a fifth of its patrol vans will be equipped with the possibility of emergency electric charging – and they will be able to charge batteries faster.

Its on-board EV Boost system has been increased from 3.5 kW to a 5 kW charger and is capable of adding about 10 miles of distance in about half an hour. A device with a capacity of 7.5 kW is also being developed.

It is expected that by the end of 2022 about 200 vans will be equipped with chargers for EV, and 130 will be new faster devices with a capacity of 5 kW.

However, the RAC acknowledges that almost its entire fleet operates on a diesel floor, as there is no electric van on the market suitable for an evacuation vehicle.

RAC chief operating officer Paul Coulton said: “So far we have delivered to the UK The first electric emergency van came into operation in the form of Renault ZoeThere is currently no electric van on the market that could do all that a diesel van can do, in terms of towing broken cars and transporting 500 tools and parts.

“So even though we use a diesel van to recharge an electric car, we’re sure it’s faster, more efficient and better for the planet than sending a big tow truck or van with batteries.”



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