Adapt your driving style
The consequence of these differences is that you have to adapt. “You don’t drive an electric car like a combustion car”, comments Benoit Godart. “You have to be aware that you immediately have the full power of your engine and therefore go moderately when you press the accelerator pedal, otherwise you could be surprised and that could have a negative effect on road safety. “
For Sabrina Parant, a journalist specializing in automobiles and mobility, the need to adapt one’s driving style is not, however, specific to driving electric vehicles: “We will have the same problem if you have been driving a thermal model with 80 horsepower for 20 years and overnight you switch to a sporty, thermal model with 350 horsepower in propulsion. You will also have to adapt your driving and ensure that to remain in control of your vehicle and understand what is happening”.
It’s still the driver’s foot that gives the acceleration
For Sabrina Parant, it would not be constructive to fall into an “electric versus thermal” divide because, she believes, “It’s not the vehicle that is dangerous, it’s the person behind the wheel who can behave dangerously – it’s still the driver’s foot that gives the acceleration”.
And to give this advice valid for all motorists: “When you change vehicles, you have to learn, either by yourselves, or by calling on professionals – drivers, instructors. There are training centers that train in these electric or hybrid vehicles as well as in eco-driving”.
Our specialist colleague also points out the lack of precision in the figures provided by AXA, which makes their complete interpretation more difficult: “Here, it is not clear what the baseline is: is it a comparison of all vehicles, or vehicles of the same power, are we also comparing identical profiles of the drivers – we knows that age, experience, geographical location … have an impact. All these elements, we do not see them. We have figures that are not very telling.”