LV= Britannia Rescue highlights common electric car breakdown issues


New research from breakdown provider LV= Britannia Rescue shows that electric cars owners are three times more likely to break down because of wheel or tyre problems, rather than anything to do with the battery.

Analysis of breakdown call outs over the last three years has revealed that 37% of the time drivers are ringing up because they have suffered wheel or tyre problems, compared to just 11% for running out of charge.

LV= Britannia Rescue said this is also more than twice as often as petrol or diesel cars, where on average just 16% cite wheel or tyre issues as the cause of breakdown.

Drivers being unable to start their electric car, often at home, accounts for 21% of calls, according to the research. Otherwise known as ‘dead on key’, this issue happens little more than half as often it does for petrol or diesel cars, which features as the breakdown reason in 41% of calls to LV= Britannia Rescue.

Henry Topham, managing director of LV= Britannia Rescue, commented: “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.”

“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.”

LV= Britannia Rescue offered several tips to electric car drivers in the run-up to Christmas, including advice to check their tyres regularly, pay attention to weather forecasts and avoid spending too long warming up the car in cold weather.

Thew new research and advice follows the launch of a new service, in September 2020, in partnership with AFF, the national roadside electric vehicle charging assistance company. The service provides roadside charging for electric vehicles that run out of charge.


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