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Citroen Says PHEVs and EVs Most Effective at Getting Toddlers to Sleep During Short Trips

Here’s one more reason why you should switch to a fully electric or at least, partially electrified vehicle (like a plug-in hybrid). According to Citroen, these types of cars are more efficient at getting children to sleep.
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In a recent study, 44% of parents said that they have taken short car journeys specifically to send their children off to sleep, with 56.4% of EV owners stating that their child found it either as easy or easier to nod off in their current car, compared to previous gasoline or diesel-powered models.

If you think about it, this makes all the sense in the world. There are no vibrations in a fully electric vehicle and no engine noise, which is exactly what you want if you’re trying to nod off – I think it goes for both kids and adult passengers alike.

Citroen’s research also highlighted how effective a car can be to help kids fall asleep, with the numbers showing that it takes a child 16 and a half minutes to fall asleep in a car on average, with 96% of parents saying their child usually falls asleep in 30 minutes or less.

Among the top factors that parents felt were most beneficial in helping their kids and toddlers fall asleep during car journeys, we count the gentle movements of the vehicle on the road (46%), comfortable in-car temperature (41%) and a comfortable car seat (40%). Meanwhile, over a third of parents told the French carmaker that a smooth drive is the most important factor in helping their kids nod off.

“For new parents, getting their baby off to sleep is often a challenge. Taking a child for a short drive in a car is a tried and tested method for many parents, and our research shows it can help younger children fall asleep quicker than at home,” said Citroen UK exec, Eurig Druce.

“The smooth and silent drive from electric vehicles creates an even more calming environment for children and parents alike. Citroën is committed to offering an electrified variant of every vehicle in the range by 2025. So, everyone can rest assured, our models will continue to provide a calm and relaxing experience for the whole family for many years to come.”

Citroen’s range of electrified family vehicles includes the fully electric e-C4 with its WLTP-certified range of 219 miles, the e-Berlingo (174-mile range), e-SpaceTourer, plus the new C5 X and C5 Aircross plug-in hybrid models, with up to 38 miles of EV range.

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