Families owning pure-electric vehicles, such as a Citroën ë-C4 Electric, can complete up to two full weeks of school runs on a single charge – saving more than £26 in the process – according to new research by Citroën UK.
Ahead of schools returning in September, Citroën surveyed 2,000 UK parents and found that the average school run is 10.4 miles (5.2 miles each way). With a WLTP-certified range of 219 miles, parents driving Citroën ë-C4 Electric models can complete up to 20 school runs on a single charge.
When charging your EV at home overnight using a 7.4kW Wallbox on an EV electricity tariff, a single charge for ë-C4 Electric can cost as little as £3.75, while on a standard tariff the same charge will cost £14. Using a comparable petrol-powered C4 would cost £30.12 to cover the same distance, meaning that parents could save up to £26.37 every two weeks.
The research also found that parents drive their children to school on average 3.5 times per week, with public transport, lifts from other parents, walking and cycling making up the rest of the trips. Although the average school run was found to be a 10.4-mile round trip, 7% of the respondents reported having to cover more than 30 miles during the school run.
“Doing the school run in an electric car not only reduces local air pollution but also helps families save on day-to-day running costs,” said Eurig Druce, Citroën UK’s Managing Director.
“While electric range is often a key question for potential EV buyers, many will be surprised by the number of school runs families could cover on a single charge – showcasing the usability and versatility of modern electric cars like the Citroën ë-C4 Electric.”
Doing the school run in an electric car reduces local air pollution.
Citroën also asked whether vehicle emissions outside schools were a concern for parents, with 19% of parents saying they were strongly concerned and 41% were somewhat concerned. Previous research carried out in London found children are exposed to five times more air pollution on the school run than when they are in school.
The Citroën ë-C4 Electric features a 50kWh Lithium-ion battery pack, paired with an electric motor producing 136hp and 260Nm of torque. Capable of up to 100kW rapid charging, Citroën ë-C4 Electric can be re-charged from 0-80% in just 30 minutes.
Indeed, the Citroën ë-C4 Electric is a key part of the Citroën brand’s electrification strategy, which will see electrified variants of each model across its entire vehicle line-up by 2025.