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Typical journeys that we go on using a car

(and why an electric car without a huge range could make sense for 99% of trips)

I’m collecting information about electric cars because I’m fascinated to see just how far we often drive - it surely can’t be that far. I figured if I’m collecting this information, I might as well publish it too.

Today’s blog is a simple collection of some of the most frequent and recent trips we’ve done in our polluting petrol-powered car.

‘Typical’ Weekends

Here is a random selection of recent trips around the place where we didn’t travel all that far in one day. Often, multiple destinations would be involved as we loop around places before getting home.

Trip RouteDistance (km)
Home - Chatswood - Home20
Home - Penshurst - Hurstville - Home38
Home - Darling Point - Mascot - Home40
Home - Marrickville - Maroubra- Home40
Home - Parramatta - Home41
Home - Ashfield - Maroubra - Home50
Home - Lane Cove - Terrey Hills - Home56
Home - Galston - Home67
Home - East Kurrajong - Home140
Home - East Kurrajong - North Kellyville - Dural - Carlingford - Home150

Longer Trips

These usually occur a couple of times a year. Let’s go with 4 trips a year.

Trip RouteDistance (km)What’s there?
Picton / Thirlmere173Train museum
St Albans182Nice old sandstone pub in a quiet valley
Katoomba195Lots of restaurants in a steam-punk architecture town
Bowral224The pleasantries of the Southern Highlands
Kiama252The blowhole
Rydal300Daffodil festival
Hunter Valley317Wine, olive oil and cheese
Jenolan Caves340Um, caves?
Taralga and return via Oberon506Nice country drive
Perisher972One of Australia’s alpine resorts

The Summary

Pretty much any trip above is achieveable in the average electric car on the market today (see A Comparison of Electric Cars in Australia under $100k) if you exclude some of the bigger trips like the Snowy Mountains or Taralga. That’s pretty good. So, confirmed, 99% of trips would be fine in an electric car of today.