DRIVER training and awareness company TTC is providing a new Electric Aware course to help small fleets and drivers to grasp the difference in driving an electric vehicle (EV) compared with a standard petrol or diesel company car.
The course is offered either as a virtual half-day classroom where drivers are educated about their vehicles, the latest EV technology and the wider electric car eco system, or via a half day or full day in-car practical driving session with an instructor (cost up to £445).
The course ensures drivers approach their new EVs with a fresh mindset which will enable them to get the most from their new EVs, says TTC. The Electric Aware course also provides information on the UK’s charging infrastructure, battery life and tax and grant information all with the aim of educating and dispelling fears that still exist around EV ownership.
Construction company Willmott Dixon says that, having put its fleet drivers through the course, it has seen many drivers improving their EV range by 20%.
“During the course we drove on a variety of roads including open country lanes, motorways and in-town traffic. The session was adaptive with the instructor explaining how I could improve my driving and range with adjustments to my car’s settings and driving habits,” said Gary Ketch, Group Principal Health, Safety & Environmental Inspector, Willmott Dixon.
The TTC instructors help explain the benefits of regenerative braking and how to improve mpkWh average energy consumption by 20% in just a few hours.
“EVs require a whole new mindset towards driving and our course helps change driver habits and adapt their approach to driving which has immediate benefits on key elements like range. Hopefully, we can reduce the levels of range anxiety among EV drivers,” said Martin Starkey, Product Manager Development & Implementation, TTC.