Can electric cars suit high-mileage drivers?

There are three main factors to consider with electric cars: range, charging time and cost. To help you decide whether running one is realistic, we've looked at a variety of scenarios...

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It might not feel like it, but most of us make long car journeys pretty rarely. Generally, our driving follows a predictable, repetitive pattern: kids to school, daily commute, trips to visit friends or family. In fact, the Department for Transport says the average UK car journey in 2019 was just 8.4 miles – an absolute cinch for any electric car you can buy.

On the other hand, not everyone follows such a well-rehearsed pattern, and some need to travel a few hundred miles every day. So, to what extent would you have to change your lifestyle to go electric? How long will your car need to spend plugged in to give it the range to accommodate your daily routine? And, in these days of spiralling energy costs, will it definitely be cheaper to run than a petrol or diesel car?

In this feature, we look at all those questions in detail, from the perspectives of private car owners and company car drivers alike. And – spoiler alert – we found that the cost savings the second group can achieve can make adopting a new routine very rewarding.