‘EVs keep key workers moving during pandemic’

Around 83% of EV drivers are still reliant on their vehicles for essential travel with almost a quarter being key workers in the midst of the pandemic

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A total of 83% of electric vehicle (EV) drivers are still reliant on their EV for essential travel, with almost a quarter being key workers in the midst of coronavirus pandemic.

That’s the suggestion of a survey conducted by Zap-Map in partnership with the Renewable Energy Association (REA), which took data from 3,000 EV users.

The findings note 36% of the people identified as key workers are working in healthcare, with others work across a range of sectors including utilities, food delivery, transport, public safety and education.

Amongst all EV drivers surveyed, 29% are still using the public charging network. This number increases when looking at key workers, with 47% being reliant on public chargers.

Dr Ben Lane, CTO and joint-Managing Director of Zap-Map, said: “EVs and the public charging infrastructure are playing a fundamental role during the Covid-19 pandemic, allowing many users to fulfil essential travel needs and keeping key workers across a wide range of roles on the road.”