The number of electric vehicles (EVs) that have broken down because they have run out of charge has dropped by 70 per cent.
This is thanks, in part, to the increase in public charging stations, as well as newer models having a longer driving range than previously.
AA reported that eight per cent of EV breakdowns were the result of running out of battery in 2019. However, this fell to four per cent in 2022, and again to 2.1 per cent this year.
In May, the figure dropped to below two per cent for the first time, with 1.8 per cent of EV breakdowns being due to out of charge vehicles.
AA president Edmund King said: “The 70 per cent drop in out of charge breakdowns is a clear sign that range, infrastructure, and education are improving.”
However, he stated more effort needs to be made to provide more EV charging points in the public, as well as enable car owners without off-street parking to charge up at home.
“The vast majority of EV owners do most of their charging at home or on-street close to home and then use the charging network to top up whilst on those more infrequent longer journeys,” he commented.
Seeing as EVs, including hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid and battery EVs, made up more than a third (37.7 per cent) of car production in April, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, it is essential more charging points are made available.
To help address the lack of public charging stations, you can sign up to an EV charging course.