Our report shows that only 4.5% of vehicles were driven over 15,000 miles in 2021.
When we break that down further, 57% of vehicles travel less than 100 miles per week. 87% of vehicles travel less than 200 miles per week.
From an electric vehicle perspective, this annual mileage per vehicle data provides valuable insights. 57% of vehicles travel less than 100 miles per week. As most EVs have a range of over 200 miles then this suggest that planning for a once a fortnight charge could be a viable option for most people.
Vans are completing close to 200 miles per week and their range is usually less than cars. An electric van driver would need multiple charges per week even with the current crop of vans.
Cars like an Audi A6 have a higher range and higher mileages. We’ll probably see high mileage vehicles charging enroute, at destinations, or even at a client’s offices, so how much local provision is required is unclear. What is clear from our research, is less than 5% of vehicles are travelling over 15,000 miles.
Clearly there’s a challenge comparing weekly mileages to the mile range of early EV models. While this range will continue to improve, we do need to recognise that the EVs being produced today are still likely to be with us for the coming 10-15 years.
Each year 35 million MOT test results are given a unique identifier, anonymised, and then published to data.gov.uk.
With this anonymised vehicle ID we’ve been able to identify consecutive MOT tests for each vehicle and calculate the mileage difference between them. We then annualised the mileage difference to give us an average number of miles per year.