It shows the average diesel van travels 63 miles per day, while electric models cover just 23.
The data also highlights that 59% of electric vehicles (EVs) are being plugged in when the state of charge is greater than 50%.
“Range anxiety is clearly impacting the fleet market’s confidence in electric vans, resulting in EVs being overcharged, and under-worked,” said Alberto De Monte, business segment director for EV and OEM at Michelin Connected Fleet.
He added: “In most applications the EVs you buy today have the range to do the job of a petrol or diesel-powered van in and around cities, but they’re being deployed on the lightest duty work – whilst ICE assets are being worked harder, which is less efficient and increases emissions.”
Michelin Connected Fleet’s analysis revealed that van drivers charged batteries to 90% or more in 76% of the charging events it studied – in comparison with car drivers who hit 90% or more in only 58% of instances.
De Monte said: “We know lithium-ion batteries perform best when the state of charge is maintained between 20-80%, and the general advice is to only charge the battery fully if you need that additional range for a particularly long journey.
“What we’re seeing points to more guidance being needed for fleets to ensure they are maximising the benefits which transitioning to EVs offer; and not storing up issues which could impact performance and residuals down the line.”