The benefits of electric vehicles
As EVs become more mainstream, the cost of electric cars is dropping rapidly and there are a wide variety of benefits for drivers making the switch. From the environmental impact of driving an electric vehicle to the savings you can make on fuel, tax and maintenance costs, electric vehicles could help you save thousands.
On a cost per mile basis a 100% electric car could cost you a third or less of what a traditional petrol or diesel car might. 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 each journey when driving an EV by using our special Journey Cost Calculator below.
Cost of electric cars
EVs offer outstanding value over the longer term and can be an excellent investment for drivers looking for a cheaper, more efficient and reliable 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 every type of budget and our car selector tool is designed to help you find your perfect car quickly and easily.
Cheaper to maintain
While the price of an EV may be similar to most comparable petrol or diesel cars, the cost of running one is significantly cheaper particularly over the full lifetime 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.
100% electric cars are designed to be as efficient as possible and there are generally 3 main components powering the vehicle; the on-board charger, inverter and motor. This means there is far less wear and tear on the car and little stress on the motor, with fewer moving parts susceptible to damage. All this means you’ll rarely have to have your EV serviced and the running and repair costs are minimal.
Better for the environment, better for you
Pure electric cars have zero emissions making them greener, cleaner and better for the environment that any petrol or diesel car currently on the road. Plug-in hybrids get much of their power from the on-board electric motor, which cuts their emission levels drastically too.
Less emissions mean less greenhouse gasses which contribute to global warming. Even when taking into account the impact of generating electricity, EVs still contribute far less harmful emissions than traditional vehicles. As the UK mores towards even more sustainable, renewable sources of electricity the environmental impact of EVs will drop even further, as will the costs of running one.
Electric vehicles are almost silent on the road too which means they cut down on harmful noise pollution levels and with ultra-low or zero emissions, they help keep the air you breath cleaner.
With newer technology helping create even more environmentally friendly batteries, advances in hydrogen fuel cell stacks and even more efficient, quieter EV 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 £500 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 just as easy as charging your mobile phone. Using a 7kW home charging port, most EVs can charge to full capacity in around 5-7 hours so your car will be ready to go when you are. Rapid chargers can speed up the process even more, charging your car in about 30 minutes.
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
Driving a petrol or diesel vehicles can often be a noisy, jarring journey filled with vibrations through the interior of the car with conversations and music difficult to hear over the roar of an engine. One of the first things drivers notice when switching to an electric car is the quietness of the vehicle which creates a far more comfortable, relaxing driving experience. Music can be heard much more clearly, conversations in the car are easier and the drive itself is far smoother and more pleasurable. Driving really should be enjoyable and the serenity of the EV experience helps plenty of drivers fall back in love with driving again.
Because most electric cars are automatic and have fewer moving parts and gears than traditional petrol or diesel vehicles you’ll always have power right at your fingertips too. As soon as you hit the accelerator you’ll get an instant response and surge of speed from the car, making these vehicles ideal for city driving. The battery in your EV is strategically placed to balance the weight distribution perfectly across the car too, so handling around corners and curves is effortless and reliable. Zip through traffic and glide across town in a comfortable, clean and quite car. Isn’t that how driving should be?
The future of driving is electric
The benefits of driving electric cars are 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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Join the electric vehicle revolution, find your perfect EV with our special car selector tool today. Choose from a wide range of the UK’s best electric cars and find the car that’s right for you.
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