Salary Sacrifice – Driving the the EV Revolution


Key Takeaways

Mileage, driving habits and weekly fuel costs

Weekly mileage driven is dropping year on year. The latest survey shows that 87% of drivers travel less than 150 miles per week, which is an 8% drop on 2021’s figures. 44% of drivers do less than 50 miles per week, and just 20% of drivers cover between 100 and 200 miles each week.

Tusker’s own data shows that the average EV range across its fleet has risen by 19% year on year, from 225 miles in 2020, to 268 miles in 2022. This means that 95.4% of drivers can swap to an EV without needing to charge for more than 3 weeks at a time.


58% would consider changing to an EV

58% would consider changing to an EV due to the cost of petrol and diesel cars. 62% of those who will not buy an EV as their next car, said this is because they are worried about charging the car on journeys. However, when viewed on a year-on-year basis, the public perception of charging has improved dramatically since 2020.

Whereas just 36% of drivers in 2021 could name three charging points in their local area, in 2022 55% of drivers now know where they could charge an EV nearby. While there is room for improvement, a 19% increase in the awareness of public charging points is a sign that the UK’s public charging infrastructure expansion is not going unnoticed by drivers.

Indeed, 74% of drivers have noticed more chargers appearing in their area, and 67% of respondents either agreed or were neutral when asked if the public charging network was expanding fast enough for the needs of drivers.


In demand by employees

While 51% of drivers have heard about Salary Sacrifice car schemes, only 21% are offered such a scheme by their employer. Of those NOT offered such a scheme, only 1 in 20 (5%) said their employer is likely to introduce the scheme inthe next year and only just over 1 in 10 (11%) said it would be likely in the next 1-3 years. Half (50%) don’t think it would be likely at any point in the future that their employer will offer the scheme.

However, there is a strong interest in Salary Sacrifice schemes overall, as two thirds (66%) of employed drivers surveyed said they would be interested in the scheme, with a quarter (25%) saying they strongly agree they would be interested.