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A new fully charged electric vehicle will provide Brits with nearly two full weeks of typical driving


  • Auto Trader study reveals that on average Brits drive 127 miles a week
  • An electric vehicle charge that provides up to 250 miles of range will cover all travel needs for nearly a fortnight for the majority of drivers
  • Based on the average distances that Brits drive, on average a single electric vehicle charge would last for three supermarket visits, ten school runs and six commutes


19 September 2023, London - Auto Trader, the UK’s largest automotive marketplace, has revealed that on average Brits need to charge their electric vehicle less than once a week to fit in their normal full week of driving.[1]

On average, Brits drive 127 miles a week with the most common uses being grocery shopping (11 miles), visiting friends and family (22 miles) and shopping for other goods (7 miles). A single charge typically lasts up to 250 miles meaning the average household in the UK would need to charge their electric vehicle less than once a week, this is despite around two-fifths (41%) of drivers believing they would have to charge their cars every three days.[2]

In fact, based on the average driver and the average journey distance, one single electric vehicle charge will provide all of the below[3]:
• Three visits to the supermarket
• Ten school runs
• Six commutes
• Three visits to friends and family
• Five general shopping trips
• One trip to a restaurant, pub or bar

Additionally, this data shows that a single charge would be enough to cover a one-way journey between London and most other major English cities including Liverpool (212 miles), York (211 miles), Manchester (200 miles), Exeter (195 miles) and Cardiff (149 miles).

Despite nearly half of drivers (47%) thinking electric vehicles will fit into their lifestyle[4] there are still several barriers to purchase.

39% of Brits admit that a barrier to making the switch to electric is their worry about electric charging times[5]. However, Auto Trader’s experts recommend home charging at night will be the best option for most drivers. This will take between eight and 12 hours to fully charge and will enable consumers to utilise low-cost energy tariffs.

Alternatively, for those relying on public charging points the charging time will be faster as they offer more power. On average it will take between four and six hours to gain a full charge of battery at these stations decreasing to just one to two hours if the station has a higher power rating.
An even quicker solution can be found by using rapid chargers usually located in motorway service stations and public car parks which can provide a full charge in less than an hour, however these should be used sparingly as they can influence long-term battery life.

With 92% of adults in the UK believing that the cost of living crisis is the most important issue facing the UK right now according to the ONS[6], Auto Trader’s research reveals electric vehicle drivers with access to home charging can typically save £142 per 1000 miles vs running a petrol or diesel car. With the average UK driver travelling 6,640 miles per year[7], this could lead to a saving of £942 over a one-year period, even with higher energy costs.

This figure is significantly reduced for those relying on more expensive public charging points, on which VAT is charged at the full 20% rate, resulting in a saving of just £41 per 1000 miles driven. As a result, Auto Trader is calling for government ministers to consider equal VAT treatment for public and private charging points.

Erin Baker, Auto Trader’s Editorial Director comments:


Electric vehicles have grown in popularity over the last few years with consumers, but still only half those surveyed said they could see how an electric car could fit into their day-to-day lifestyle; the length of time it takes to charge an electric vehicle has been noted as a concern which is putting some off from making the transition.

Key spokesperson

Erin Baker

Auto Trader’s Editorial Director




Erin continued, "However, there are several options which can allow individuals to quickly charge their electric vehicles and easily incorporate into their daily routines including charging overnight at home or using some of the tens of thousands of public charging points available across the country. With just one single full charge either at home or when already out on the road, Brits can benefit from close to two weeks of typical driving, meaning they are ready to go and have more time to enjoy what matters to them.” 

Here are Erin's top tips on electric vehicle charging: 

Charging on the go

Where possible, try to plan your route before you set off, being sure to research the charging points in the destinations you’re going to as well as nearby back-ups.  Auto Trader has a very useful electric car charging point map to help you find out where these are located.

Given that average charging times can currently be quite long, you may need to incorporate a break into any long-distance road trips. Although this can be frustrating, there are ways to make it more palatable. For example, a more scenic location to charge up, stretch your legs and enjoy some lunch can alleviate the inconvenience. The National Trust provides a list of electric vehicle charging points at their venues and the Auto Trader charging map acts in a similar way to google street maps, so drivers can pick-out key scenic spots that will offer charging options.

Home charging

Some energy suppliers will offer a cheaper tariff for using energy overnight, traditionally between midnight and 5am. All cars and charging points now have automatic timers either on the car or the charging provider app, meaning you can pre-program for the charging to take place during these times without having to plug it in at midnight.

The cost of having an at home charging point will of course increase your energy bills, but there are ways to alleviate this. Electric car owners with a charger installed at their home can sign up to community apps such as Co Charger and JustCharge that will allow them to share it with their neighbours.

The apps are free to download and will handle the whole booking process, working out how much the charger owes the host, as well as making the payment directly into their bank account.

To discover the top 10 most affordable electric cars currently on sale including the Citroen Ami, Renault Zoe and MINI Electric, visit the Auto Trader website here.



[1] This research of 2,000 UK Adults was commissioned by Auto Trader and conducted by Opinium Research in August 2023.

[2] This research of 2,000 UK Adults was commissioned by Auto Trader and conducted by Opinium Research in August 2023.

[3] This research of 2,000 UK Adults was commissioned by Auto Trader and conducted by Opinium Research in August 2023
Stats based on the average driver mileage and the average journey distance:
• Three visits to the supermarket – (based on an average journey of 5.2 miles)
• Ten school runs – (based on an average journey of 5.7 miles)
• Six commutes – (based on an average journey of 10.8 miles)
• Three visits to friends and family – (based on an average journey of 22 miles)
• Five general shopping trips – (based on an average journey of 8.6 miles)
• One trip to a restaurant, pub or bar – (based on an average journey of 7.9 miles)

[4] QuMind survey of 4000 UK adults, August 20235Research carried out by KSBR: Barriers to EV adoption, with a focus on women. Qualitative research findings. February 2023.

[5] Auto Trader ‘No Driver Left Behind’ research, May 2023, n=4,002.

[6] Data provided by Office for National Statistics (ONS), released 14 July 2023.

[7] Figure based on research of 2,000 UK Adults commissioned by Auto Trader and conducted by Opinium Research in August 2023 which found that the average UK driver travels 6,640 miles per year.



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Auto Trader’s purpose is Driving Change Together. Responsibly. Auto Trader is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive culture, it aims to build stronger partnerships with its customers and use its voice and influence to drive more environmentally friendly vehicle choices.

With the largest number of car buyers and the largest choice of trusted stock, Auto Trader’s marketplace sits at the heart of the UK car buying process. That marketplace is built on an industry-leading technology and data platform, which is increasingly used across the automotive industry. Auto Trader is continuing to bring more of the car buying journey online, creating an improved buying experience, whilst enabling all its retailer partners to sell vehicles online.

Auto Trader publishes a monthly used car Retail Price Index which is based on daily pricing analysis of circa 900,000 vehicles. This data is used by the Bank of England to feed the broader UK economic indicators.

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