Citroën UK study shows hybrid and electric vehicles are most effective at getting kids to sleep
Parents who have switched to electric, plug-in hybrid or hybrid vehicles say their current cars are more effective at helping young children fall asleep than the previous petrol or diesel cars they’ve owned, according to the latest study from Citroën UK .
In a survey of 2,000 British parents with babies and young children*, 56.4% of those who owned an electric vehicle said their child found it as easy or easier to fall asleep in their current car, compared to petrol or diesel models they’d had before. Only 11.9% said an electric vehicle made it harder for their children to get to sleep, while 15.8% doubted anyway. Nearly half (44%) of all parents surveyed said they took their child on a short car ride especially to help them fall asleep.
The Citroën UK study also showed how effective using a car can be in helping children take a nap, with the data showing that it takes a child an average of 16½ minutes to fall asleep in a car, with 96% of parents say their child usually falls asleep within 30 minutes or less.
The main factors that parents considered to be most beneficial in helping babies and young children fall asleep during a car journey were the gentle movements of the vehicle on the road (46%), a comfortable temperature in the car (41%) and a comfortable car seat (40%). More than a third of parents (34%) told Citroën that they consider a smooth ride to be the most important factor in helping their child fall asleep.
Recognizing the benefits for drivers and passengers of all ages, Citroën’s latest vehicle range has been developed to provide optimum in-car comfort while travelling, further enhanced in Citroën’s electric models, all of which offer the serenity of ‘ë-Comfort’ thanks to a calm, refined and almost silent driving experience in all-electric mode.
Citroën’s Advanced Comfort Programme® – including Advanced Comfort Suspension® which remains exclusive to the Citroën brand – uses Progressive Hydraulic Cushions® to absorb bumps in the road surface, ensuring a serene and comfortable ride for everyone. Citroën also uses an improved seat design with a high-density foam core and an additional 15mm top layer of textured foam for maximum comfort and support.
Eurig Druce, Managing Director of Citroën UK, said: “Putting their baby to sleep is often a challenge for new parents. A short drive with a child is a tried and true method for many parents, and our research shows that it can help younger children fall asleep faster than at home. The smooth and quiet ride of electric vehicles provides an even calmer environment for children and parents alike. Citroën aims to offer an electrified variant of every vehicle in the range by 2025. So everyone can rest assured that our models will continue to provide a calm and relaxing experience for the whole family for many years to come.”
Citroën already offers an affordable range of nine electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, including several models ideally suited to families. The all-electric ë-C4 has a 50 kWh battery with a WLTP-certified range of up to 219 miles, while the larger ë-Berlingo Electric offers five or seven seats and a range of up to 274 miles (WLTP). Both models can quickly charge 100 kW, which means that an 80% charge only takes 30 minutes. The new C5 X and the new C5 Aircross Plug-in Hybrid models combine a 180 hp petrol engine with an 80 kW electric motor, enabling drivers to achieve up to 58 miles (WLTP) equivalent all-electric range.