When Fleet News profiled the Eric Wright Group two years ago, its group fleet manager Steve Openshaw had driven his BMW i3 range-extender electric vehicle (EV) 26,000 miles, using just 19 litres of petrol.
Those figures now stand at 48,000 miles and 30 litres. “Most of that fuel has probably been used by the engine running through a main-tenance cycle which it needs to do from time to time,” says Openshaw, who ran an Ampera range-extender for more than 70,000 miles before taking on his i3.
“What I’ve done with the i3, and the Ampera before that, shows that you can quite easily live with a 120-to-130-mile vehicle as there are always options for longer trips.”
Leading by example was key to winning early acceptance for EV technology from his drivers.