Big brother at the wheel

One of the neat things about Electric Vehicles, is the amount of data and knowledge they provide to drivers, policy makers and the public. For the last 3 years The EV Project has deployed robust charging infrastructure in 9 states and the District of Columbia. Through the data collected all of us can gain insight to what the lives of driving an EV look like. The following highlights are based on the most recent EV Project quarterly report that can be downloaded here.

Going the distance

To date, 4,998 cars have drove over 33 million miles, saving over 1.7 million gallons of gas. This means that during a typical day. an electric car driver will travel an average of 30 miles a day. When segregating the data into the car models, we can see that in general Chevrolet Volt owners travel on average 5 miles further, using their extra gas tank as a backup. (35 miles is within range of the Volt’s electric motor)

Miles traveled per day, Volt/ LEAF. (click to enlarge)

Where do they charge?

At the end of the day, most drivers still prefer to do most of their charging at home. Overall, 89% of charging events occur at home, even though the percentage of public charging events has risen as more charging stations become active. As for charge times, majority of drivers draw power for 1-4 hours during the week and 0-3 hours during the weekend.

According to the data, Volt owners tend to charge their cars more often during the course of the day, which leads us to the conclusion that drivers are doing their utmost to stay off gasoline.

We look forward to see if in the next report drivers gain more confidence in their car’s range, as well as the impact public charging network has on distance.