But Teslas still aren’t driven as far as the average gas-powered vehicle. The latest iSeeCars study analyzed more than 860,000 cars from model year 2020 to compare how far battery-electric vehicles are driven compared to gasoline models.
Current electric vehicles ranges can serve nearly all consumer needs, but several factors limit their use, including price, range anxiety, and the daunting nature of charging them. The average 3-year-old EV is driven 9,059 miles a year. The average 3-year-old gas-powered car is driven 12,758 miles.
“Electric vehicle technology is advancing, but EVs still cost 45% more than the average gasoline model while being driven 29% less,” iSeeCars Executive Analyst Karl Brauer in a news release. “That kind of disparity puts electric cars at a substantial disadvantage versus traditional vehicles.”
Here are the top 12 electric cars from model year 2020, ranked from most to least driven:
The study confirms a direct correlation between an electric vehicle’s range and how far it is driven. It also notes that for every additional mile of range an EV provides, an owner will drive an additional 23 miles a year. This suggests EVs need an additional 161 miles of range, or an average range of 440 miles, to reach the same use level as gas-powered vehicles.
See the full study for more information, including:
The complete list of the most- and least-driven electric vehicles.
A graph showing the relationship between EV range and miles driven.
Analysis of how range anxiety manifests in EV driving behavior.