Parents increasingly interested in teaching teens how to drive in EVs

Parents with teenage drivers new to driving are rightfully cautious - but EVs are helping reduce some of that cause for concern, thanks to high tech.

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Teaching teenagers how to drive - and be responsible behind the wheel - is a daunting task, but electric vehicle adoption could greatly assist because of modern safety standards. Young people learning to drive behind the wheel for the first time may not get much experience driving an internal combustion engine in favor of an EV.

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A recent survey discovered that 74% of drivers feel it is somewhat important for teens to learn to drive an EV - and 56% believe all teen drivers will learn to drive an EV model within the next decade. Apparently, it's something that driver's education classes also teach to students, with 36% of teens receiving hybrid and EV operation instructions.

Also of interest is that 52% of teens are driving used cars, while 38% learn to drive in new vehicles. The study didn't break down how old the used cars were, though a major plus side of EV driving is related to safety.

There are both pros and cons of teen drivers behind the wheel of an EV, as noted by


Active safety features

Teen driver technology

Less maintenance

One-pedal driving


Public charging

Rear-wheel drive

Instant torque

Regardless of what kind of vehicle is chosen, new drivers tend to learn the best with engaged, proactive parents helping them practice.

Interest in EVs is increasing, with 5.7% of new-car registrations some type of electric car, SUV, or truck, according to Experian. That number also will see a bump as more than half of licensed teen drivers showed an interest in owning an EV, with 52% expressing interest - and 26% saying they do not.

In a similar manner that many young people only can drive automatic cars - and not manuals - there will come a time when the majority of young people have never driven a gas-powered vehicle.

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An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown to cover everything from cars & electric vehicles to solar and green energy topics. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the Cars & Electric Vehicles News Reporter and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog,, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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