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EVs improving driver behaviour, DMN Logistics reports

Date: 23 May 2022   |   Author: Sean Keywood

Driving electric and hybrid cars is improving driver behaviour, according to vehicle movement and inspection company DMN Logistics.

It said data collected regarding its drivers found that deliveries of EVs and hybrids incurred no notices of intended prosecution related to speeding, whereas traditional ICE cars and vans continued to incur such notices.

The proportion of EV and hybrid deliveries the company makes is increasing, currently at around one in ten, and it expects its drivers to adopt more responsible driving habits, like eco-driving, to maximise mileage driven and reduce stress.

It attributes this to the reduced range of EVs compared with conventional vehicles requiring more concentration from drivers on minimising consumption.

DMN Logistics managing director Nick Chadaway said: "Wider studies have shown that EV drivers experience reduced stress levels when behind the wheel of an EV and are more focussed with high levels of active concentration. Drivers also experience greater mental calmness.

"These experiences correlate directly with our EV deliveries when compared to ICE vehicles, suggesting that the EV revolution will improve the way drivers drive. Early data demonstrates that with 10% of movement of EVs and hybrids across its business none of the drivers associated with these movement's incurred any penalties.

"EV driving simply makes drivers behave differently."

Chadaway said that fleets should consider driver training with the adoption of EVs, as this would help familiarise them with new techniques associated with the vehicles, and reduce the frequency of charging stops, improving productivity.

He continued: "Looking at the data, we see a reduction in excessive speeding and heavy braking, couple this with better journey planning and driving range can be increased by up to 20% of charge on an average trip in city traffic.

"Above all else, it is important that whatever vehicle drivers are driving, that they drive carefully. It is clear that years of bad driving habits can be ingrained, but EVs provide the perfect means to counteract that."