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Electric vehicle range increase achieved after plug-in training

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A new course to help drivers get to grips with electric vehicles (EVs) has boosted the real-world range of a fleet’s plug-in cars by up to 20%.

TTC is givimng companies and drivers the opportunity to get the most from their EVs via its new Electric Aware course.

Construction company Willmott Dixon has put its drivers through the course and says it has seen some drivers improving their EV range by 20%.

The course forms part of Willmott Dixon’s support to transition more people into EVs. It launched a new vehicle scheme in January, encouraging staff to consider EVs and it has seen ‘several hundred applications'.

More recently, it announced it was rolling out EV charge points across all its sites and offices at more than 100 locations.

“During the course we drove on a variety of roads including open country lanes, motorways and in-town traffic,” said Gary Ketch, group principal health, safety and environmental inspector at Willmott Dixon.  

“The session was adaptive with the instructor explaining how I could improve my driving and range with adjustments to my car’s settings and driving habits.”

By driving with an instructor, Ketch had the benefits of regenerative braking explained in detail and this learning came together to improve his mpkWh average energy consumption by 20% in just a few hours, says TTC.

The course is offered either as a virtual half-day classroom where drivers are educated about their vehicles, the latest EV technology and the wider electric car eco system, or via a half day or full day in-car practical driving session with an instructor. 

The course ensures drivers approach their new EVs with a fresh mindset which will enable them to get the most from their new EVs, says TTC.

The Electric Aware course also provides information on the UK’s charging infrastructure, battery life and tax and grant information all with the aim of educating and dispelling fears that still exist around EV ownership.

Instructor sessions include an individual driving style assessment and recommendation on which settings to use on their EV.

Martin Starkey, product manager development and implementation at TTC, said: “This is the biggest revolution in the automotive industry for over 100 years.

“EVs require a whole new mindset towards driving and our course helps change driver habits and adapt their approach to driving which has immediate benefits on key elements like range. Hopefully, we can reduce the levels of range anxiety among EV drivers.”

A half day on-road course costs £295 and a full day £445. A half day virtual workshop costs £345.

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