August 04, 2019 at 6:55 PM
Electric cars are gaining in popularity across the UK. The infrastructure of charging stations has been expanding for the convenience of EV drivers. With the increase in popularity, car companies are releasing more EV models which give car buyers more affordable options and a range of cars to fit every lifestyle.
Despite a downturn in the auto industry in recent months, the sales of electric cars have continued to climb. Data compiled by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) shows that 60.3% more electric cars have been sold so far in 2019 compared to the same stage last year. (1)
Proposals are taking form in government to encourage the public to further embrace electric cars. Such plans being developed include requiring the installation of charge points at nonresidential buildings with parking spaces and all new-build homes to be fitted with an electric car chargepoint to make vehicle charging cheaper and more convenient for drivers. (2)
With all charge points set to be fitted to new build homes, motorists stand to save around £1,000 per year in fuel costs compared to those who rely on public charging facilities, according to electric car charging provider Pod Point. (3) For even more convenience for EV drivers, the government plans to require that all public charging points have the option of debit or credit card payments by the spring of 2020. (4)
Is an electric car right for you? If your daily mileage is more than 120 miles, then you may want to opt for a hybrid instead of a pure EV unless you have use of a charging point at your destination. Regular commuting trips are well suited to electric cars. (5) A typical commute is 10 miles or less and along a familiar route where drivers can learn where the most convenient charging points are located.
Electric cars offer many benefits. Most people immediately think of the environmental impact electric cars have by improving air quality when used in place of petrol or diesel cars. Electric cars bring much more to the table with advantages that every EV owner can enjoy. Charging an EV costs much less than fuel for a petrol or diesel car. According to Energy Saving Trust, you will save around £100 for every 1,000 miles you drive by driving a pure EV.(6)
Owners of EVs avoid the common headache of engine and exhaust repairs that can be unexpected costs associated with driving a petrol or diesel car. An EV has much fewer moving parts. A petrol or diesel car can have hundreds of moving parts which can require maintenance or repair due to normal wear and tear. An EV has less than 20 moving parts. Due to these differences, an EV is likely to have lower long-term maintenance costs than other vehicles. (7)
The lack of noise is another benefit of EVs that a prospective buyer may not realize until they drive one. EVs are very quiet. Electric cars also perform better than petrol and diesel cars in the 0-50 mph range with their smooth acceleration and low center of gravity. (8)
Now is a great time to make the switch to a pure electric car while the government is still offering incentives. An EV costing less than £40,000 qualifies for free road tax. (9) Electric cars are already cheaper than diesel and petrol cars over the course of four years of ownership due to tax incentives, lower fuel costs, and lower maintenance. When comparing the costs of ownership of pure EV, hybrid, petrol, and diesel cars, one study found that the pure electric version was the cheapest to own and operate in the UK. (10)
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10 Carrington, D. (2019). Electric cars are already cheaper to own and run, says study. the Guardian. Retrieved 4 August 2019, from https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/feb/12/electric-cars-already-cheaper-own-run-study