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Cars Diesel v petrol v electric: How far can you go on £5?

14:45  27 november  2019
14:45  27 november  2019 Source:   motoringresearch.com

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a car driving on a road: How far will a £5 get you? © Provided by Motoring Research How far will a £5 get you? The question over what fuel type should power your next car can get confusing. From grams per kilometre, to NOx, to CO2, understanding the best fuel for our cars is a tall order.

Adding to the confusion is electric cars. If you can’t tell the difference between a kilowatt and a kilobyte (the latter is a measurement of digital file sizes), a different way of comparing is needed.

So here’s a comparison in language everyone can understand. How far can you go on five pounds?

How far can you go on £5?

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Carwow has compared exactly how far you can get on £5, in terms of petrol, diesel, electricity, and indeed public transport.

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How far can you travel on £ 5 ? You 'll go twice the distance in an electric car than a petrol or diesel one - and way further than by bus or train, study It is worth noting that electric cars are considerably more expensive to purchase than their petrol or diesel rivals and can be more expensive to insure

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The car buying platform established the average costs of each by comparing fuel and public transport costs in 10 of the UK’s major cities. Figures for respective variants of the Volkswagen Golf were used. What did the researchers find?

Leading the way is electric. Charge your electric car to the value of £5, and you’ll go 102 miles on average. That’s good news for the 35 percent of Brits who say their biggest worry is getting stranded in an electric car.

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Compare that to second-placed diesel, and you’re nearly DOUBLING your distance. Put in £5 of diesel and on average, you’ll go around 56.5 miles.

Things get worse from there for petrol, the train and the bus. On average, £5 takes you 49.6 miles in a petrol car, 20 miles on a train and just 12.6 miles via bus.

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“Some people might be surprised to see that you can travel pretty much double the distance in an electric car than you can with diesel or petrol, but you can’t argue with the data,” said Mat Watson of Carwow.

“That said, ‘range anxiety’ is understandable, particularly as the main battery operated tech the average person will be familiar with is the mobile phone. The good news is there are already more charging stations than petrol stations in the UK, a fact almost half of the country (49 percent) are unaware of.

“Undoubtedly more needs to be done when it comes to educating people about electric cars, their benefits and their feasibility.”

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Watson conceded the decision to buy an alternative fuel vehicle will be a personal one, based on where you live and how much local investment there has been to charging infrastructure. “The roll-out has not been even,” but progress is being made.

“We hope our findings will help, because it really does seem that in years to come, we could be together in electric dreams.”

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