Another popular question these motorists face is “don’t you just go on long car rides anymore?” – and 83 percent even believe that people sometimes behave differently around them after learning what they drive.
But more than three-quarters (78 percent) admitted to believing a misconception before owning an EV, which they now know isn’t true.
One of the most presumed myths is that there are too many different sockets on vehicles (39 percent) and that the electrical grid cannot cope with everyone charging their cars at the same time (34 percent).
Others believed that electric cars cannot travel far (37 percent) and take a long time to charge (34 percent).
However, it also found that nearly eight in ten (79 percent) think there is a need for more public charging points – as 63 percent had to stop halfway through the journey to charge their car.
Henry Duff, head of net zero at British Gas, which commissioned the study, said: “Electric vehicle adoption continues to rise as more drivers realize the full potential of the switch to electric.
“But with demand for EVs growing, we need to ensure that the UK’s charging network is ready for drivers to access reliable, convenient and easy-to-operate charging points.
“If we’re not careful, we could hold back the good progress that has been made to encourage more motorists to use electric vehicles.”
Speaking of their habits behind the wheel, 82 percent typically drive slower than the speed limit to save energy.
And the average driver reduces their speed by 15 percent compared to driving a diesel or petrol car.
Meanwhile, more than a third (37 percent) are now more aware of how many miles it takes to reach a destination, thanks to their eco-friendly car.
And 35 percent keep the battery charged between 20 and 80 percent — 34 percent more accurately plan their journey to include charging stops.
It also found that 82 percent claim that passengers who get into an EV for the first time react differently when they turn the car on without it making any noise.
The survey, conducted via OnePoll, also found that three-quarters (73 percent) of EV drivers believe that because they own an electric vehicle, people assume they have a lot of disposable income.
Henry Duff added: “Moving to an electric car requires a change of mindset – from the way you drive to the way you refuel and maintain the vehicle.
“Riding lower is a common habit newly converted EV drivers adopt – this helps keep energy consumption low, extends battery range and allows you to go longer.
“Many drivers will still be wary of making the switch from petrol to electric. That is why it is so important that policymakers continue to make the transition to electric seamless by accelerating the rollout of the UK charging infrastructure and providing incentives to make EVs affordable and accessible to all.”
TOP 20 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS EV DRIVERS:
- Do you charge your car at home?
- How long does it take to charge the battery?
- Have you ever found a place to charge your car?
- Do you ever worry about running out of battery while driving?
- Do you think you should plan your trips more carefully now?
- Can you plug the power cable into a normal three-prong outlet?
- Is it difficult to charge?
- Does the car drive slower if there is less battery?
- Is it a lot slower than a traditional powered vehicle?
- Who do you call when your car breaks down?
- Do you just not make long car journeys anymore?
- Will you continue to pay for electricity when the car is charged, even when the battery is full?
- Is it safe to go through a car wash?
- Can people hear you better outside the car because there is no engine noise?
- Do you need another driver’s license to own one?
- Is another APK needed?
- Can you still charge your car even if it rains?
- Do you need to replace your battery every five years?
- What size batteries do they use?
- Can you drive your car in the rain?