Driving in urban areas and other small places...

Electric  vehicles, especially battery electric models are particularly well suited to short stop driving in towns/cities and small islands. A vehicle which idles, ie. where the engine runs but the vehicle is stationery, can account for 5% of all fuel consumed in a traditional hydrocarbon vehicle according to US research.

An average petrol/diesel vehicle is around 25% efficient at turning energy into motive power. The rest of the energy, ie. the fuel in the tank, is wasted as heat loss through the transmission, exhaust and braking system. Even the most efficient internal combustion engine car is only around 40% efficient whereas a plug-in electric vehicle is around 80% efficient. In other words only 40 p in every £1 actually helps propel a vehicle forward. 

Power in an electric vehicle is delivered instantly using an inverter to control the amount of power to the electric motor which turns the drive shaft whereas with an internal combustion engine, it has to wait for the oil to reach the right operating temperature which is especially inefficient on short journeys leading to more fuel being burnt and more pollutants being released into the air.

Without any engine noise in the cabin, the near silence makes it easier to hear other vehicles but to any bystander, they will be able to hear the vehicle approaching due to some degree of tyre and motor noise but without the associated revving that is necessary in an ICE car to keep fuel pumping through the engine to attain optimum performance.


An electric vehicle is not only efficient in urban places, it's most enjoyable to drive. Once you try one, you might well be hooked...

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