THE most common cause for electric car breakdown call-outs is a flat tyre, says breakdown provider Start Rescue.
"Our data shows 29 per cent of electric car call-outs are due to a flat tyre," said 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.
However, Start Rescue's data shows that EVs are less likely to suffer from a flat battery call-out than petrol or diesel cars.
For EVs, this accounts for 23.7 per cent of call-outs compared to 29.7 per cent for petrol and diesel. Regular use will keep the 12-volt battery in good condition and avoid breakdown call-outs as EVs still need this system to open the doors and start.
Mr Puffett added: "Like any car, EVs need to be driven to avoid the 12-volt battery going flat over time. EVs can be more complex to repair at the roadside - our data shows a petrol or diesel car is twice as likely to be fixed at the roadside - so it is vital to look after your EV's 12-volt battery."
Launched in 2009, Start Rescue is part of the nation's fourth largest breakdown and recovery service, Call Assist, which now has more than two million UK customers.