The benefits of learning to drive in an EV

As electric vehicles (EVs) become increasingly popular, more driving schools are incorporating them into their regular driver training programs. Learning to drive in an EV can offer several benefits beyond just reducing your carbon footprint though. Indeed, it could be a way of priming yourself for the future!

A survey by cars.com found that 74% of respondents believed it was important for teenagers to learn to drive in an electric car. 56% also believed that all teenagers will learn to drive in EVs within the next 10 years, particularly with the 2030 cut-off for diesel and petrol cars on the horizon.

This is no bad thing and here, we’ll explain why.

A Quieter and Smoother Ride

Electric vehicles are quieter and offer a smoother ride than traditional gasoline-powered cars. This
can be particularly beneficial for new drivers who may be more easily distracted by road noise or
vibrations. The lack of engine noise can also make it easier for new drivers to hear directions from
their instructors.

Better Acceleration

Electric vehicles typically have better acceleration than traditional gasoline-powered cars. This can
be beneficial for new drivers who need to quickly accelerate onto highways or make quick turns in
traffic. It can also help new drivers to manoeuvre their vehicle more easily in tight spaces.

Regenerative Braking

Electric vehicles use regenerative braking, which means that the braking system converts the energy
from braking into electricity that is stored in the battery. This can help new drivers to learn how to
brake more efficiently, as well as how to conserve energy while driving.

Eco-Friendly Driving

Learning to drive in an electric vehicle can help new drivers to develop eco-friendly driving habits.
EVs typically have a range indicator that shows how far the vehicle can travel on a single charge.
This can help new drivers to better understand how their driving habits can impact the range of the
vehicle.

Lower Operating Costs

Electric vehicles typically have lower operating costs than traditional gasoline-powered cars. This
can be particularly beneficial for new drivers who may be on a tight budget. In addition to lower
fuel costs, EVs also require less maintenance than traditional cars, which can help new drivers to
save money on repairs and maintenance.

The future is electric. Yes, there will be problems to overcome such as finding charging points,
running out of charge in the worst possible places and the fact all EVs are automatic rather than
manual drive but these concerns will cease to matter when electric becomes the norm in a few
years. Electric cars are here to stay and the sooner we start building them into our everyday lives,
the better and greener the future will be.