EVs 3X more likely to have tyre issues than range problems

EVs 3X more likely to have tyre issues than range problems

New analysis from LV= Britannia Rescue, a provider of breakdown cover in the UK, shows that electric vehicles (EV) are three times more likely to break down because of tyre or wheel issues, compared to problems with the battery.

LV= Britannia Rescue's research looked into its breakdown call outs over the last three years. The analysis highlighted that 37% of the time EV drivers get in touch because they have encountered tyre or wheel issues, compared with just 11% for running out of charge.

“Range anxiety has been built up to be a thing for people to be concerned about when it comes to going green, but our data shows that in reality it’s a very rare issue for electric car drivers,” said Henry Topham, Managing Director of LV= Britannia Rescue.

Issues with the tyres or wheels are often associated with the heavier weight of EVs, which can be up to 50% heavier than petrol or diesel models.

According to LV= Britannia Rescue, drivers being unable to start their electric car, often at home, accounts for 21% of calls – otherwise known as ‘dead on key’. There are a variety of reasons this could happen, such as a flat battery, a battery not holding its charge or the vehicle not being driven for a length of time. The issue is more common during the winter months, with cars taking longer to warm up.

“Generally electric cars perform very well and aren’t susceptible to suffering nearly as many issues as petrol or diesel models, but if you do have a problem it’s more likely to be wheel or tyre related, or dead on key. And as we get into the cold, dark winter months it’s good for drivers to be aware of these potential issues and make sure their car is regularly being checked and looked after,” Topham added.

The ‘dead on key’ issue for electric car drivers happens around half as often it does for fossil fuel cars, which features as the breakdown reason in 41% of calls to LV= Britannia Rescue.

A number of companies now offer EV-specific roadside assistance, such as LV= Britannia Rescue, which has launched a new service with AFF, the national roadside electric vehicle charging assistance company, offering roadside charging for electric vehicles that do run out of charge. The RAC is also helping make the switch to zero-emission electric vehicles as easy as possible for drivers, with EV roadside assistance in the form of its EV Boost lightweight mobile charging units.

Olly Goodall

Author:Olly Goodall
Date Updated:8th Dec 2021

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