Saving drivers money
As EVs become more mainstream, the upfront cost of purchase will begin to go down rapidly. There are also a wide range of other benefits for drivers making the switch. From the environmental impact of driving one, to the savings on fuel, tax and maintenance costs, electric vehicles could help drivers save thousands of pounds.
On a cost per mile basis a fully electric vehicle can be as little of 1p per mile to fuel, compared to around 8-11p per mile for a petrol or diesel car. These savings quickly add up and the money you save can be re-invested into more of the things you want. See how much you could save on a range of journeys by using our special Journey Cost Calculator below.
Value for money
Electric vehicles offer outstanding value over the longer term and can be an excellent investment for drivers looking for a cheaper way to get around. Like traditional petrol and diesel vehicles, the cost of buying an electric car varies depending on make, model, features and type. There is an EV to suit many budgets and our car selector tool is designed to help you find your perfect car quickly and easily.
Cheaper to maintain
While the upfront price of an EV may be slightly higher than most comparable petrol or diesel cars, the cost of running one is significantly cheaper particularly over the whole life of the vehicle. From tax incentives and special government grants, to enhanced fuel efficiency, the lower cost of electricity, and reduced maintenance requirements, you could spend far less on an electric vehicle than you do on your current car.
Fully electric vehicles are designed to be as efficient as possible and have three main components powering the vehicle; the on-board charger, inverter and motor. With fewer moving parts to maintain, the running and repair costs are significantly reduced.
Better for the environment, better for you
Fully electric cars, and plug-in hybrids driven in electric mode, produce no tailpipe emissions making them cleaner, greener, and better for the environment than petrol or diesel cars.
Fewer emissions mean fewer greenhouse gasses which contribute to global warming. Even when taking into account the impact of generating electricity, EVs still contribute fewer harmful emissions than traditional vehicles. As the UK moves towards more, renewable sources of energy, the environmental impact of EVs will drop even further, as will the costs of running one.
With newer technology helping to create even more environmentally friendly batteries, advances in hydrogen fuel cell stacks and even more efficient motors, the future of driving is bright and clean.
Fast, easy home charging
Charging your EV at home is cost efficient, simple and fast. A compact, all-weather home charging unit can be installed inside or outside your home and you’ll be eligible for a £350 grant to cover installation.
Once installed, you’ll be able to charge your EV overnight by simply plugging in the charging cable when you’ve parked for the night. It’s as easy as charging your mobile phone. Using a 7kW home charge port, most EVs can charge to full capacity in around 5-10 hours, so your car will be ready to go when you are.
Check out our charging calculator which shows exactly how long a wide range of EVs take to charge. You’ll also see a breakdown of electricity usage and cost so you know exactly how much you could save every time you charge your car.
A quieter, more enjoyable driving experience
One of the first things drivers notice when switching to electric is the quietness of the vehicle which creates a far more comfortable, relaxing driving experience. Driving really should be enjoyable and the serenity of the EV experience helps plenty of drivers fall back in love with driving again.
Unlike petrol or diesel vehicles, EVs don’t have gears, meaning they have instant torque and an immediate response from the accelerator, making them ideal for city driving. EV batteries are often found in the base of the car enusring the balance and weight distribution is perfectly alinged, so handling around corners is effortless and reliable. Zip through traffic and glide across town in a comfortable, clean and quiet car.
The future of driving is electric
So the benefits of driving electric is clear and with exciting new technologies currently being developed, which promise to cut charging times to minutes, extend range significantly and further enhance safety and automation features, there has never been a better time to switch to driving an EV.
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