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Electric cars: we’re worrying about the wrong thing

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Electric cars don't look like golf buggies anymore. We know they don't - we've seen the sleek, sexy lines of Teslas, BMWs and even the new eco-savvy Ford Focus.

Nah, what we're all still moaning about is: how far am I really going to get in an electric car?

You are not the roadster you imagine

The answer, usually, is well under 100 miles per charge. Wait, wait, wait. Tell me when the last time you drove 100 miles was, please? Most of our journeys each day are 5, 10, maybe 50 miles.

A new study in America has shown that 87% of journeys taken throughout the states could be covered happily in an electric car. And that's AMERICA, where you have to drive 20 miles to get to your mail box.

For the odd long journey - holidays, family occasions - hiring a car to go where your electric cannot would actually be a lot cheaper and more eco-friendly than traipsing around in the gas guzzler you drive now.

The study's senior author, a brain box at MIT called Jessica Trancik, says that "If that 90 percent adoption potential was reached, then one could replace about 60 percent of gasoline consumption, but that would only reduce emissions about 30 percent, which is still a very significant number."

The UK is perfect for electric cars

Americans are always shocked by how close everything is to everything else in this part of the world. We WALK to the shops, for goodness' sake.

As batteries for electric cars continue to develop and we get more miles to the charge, we're going to run out of excuses for not making the switch.

Not quite ready for the electric plunge?
Read our tips for getting more from your tank of evil fossil fuel.

Honor Clement-Hayes

By Honor Clement-Hayes

Honor joined ingenie in 2014 and is in charge of words on the Young Driver's Guide and blog. Her first car is a Peugeot 206 cabriolet, which is a very sensible choice for the British climate. Follow her on .