The most common cause for electric car breakdown callouts is a flat tyre, says leading breakdown provider Start Rescue.
“Our data shows 29% of electric car callouts are due to a flat tyre” says Lee Puffett, Managing Director of Start Rescue. “This is similar to petrol and diesel cars as many new cars no longer have a spare wheel fitted in order save weight and emissions, and larger puncture holes cannot always be repaired with foam sealant.”
Start Rescue’s data shows that EV battery range is not an issue for electric car drivers. However, they still need to look after the 12-volt battery that powers the same functions as petrol and diesel cars, such as the dashboard which enables the vehicle to start, as well as lights and wipers.
The good news is, from Start Rescue’s own data, EVs are less likely to suffer from a flat battery call-out than petrol or diesel cars. For EVs, this accounts for 23.7% of callouts compared to 29.7% for petrol and diesel. Regular use will keep the 12-volt battery in good condition and avoid breakdown callouts as EVs still need this system to open the doors and start.
Launched in 2009, Start Rescue is an integral part of the nation’s fourth largest breakdown and recovery service, Call Assist, which now has more than two million UK customers.