1. Electricity is cheaper than fuel
Buying an EV can be pricey, but in the long run you will save money. It can cost you roughly £8 to charge your car at home, and similar prices if you charge it at a designated charging bay in a supermarket car park, service station or petrol station. To fill up your car with fuel you are looking at a cost between £30-£100, or possibly more, depending on the car you drive and the price of petrol and diesel.
2. They are cheaper to maintain
As there are 99% less parts to maintain than your average petrol or diesel car, there are less things to be replaced if something goes wrong. Less parts equals less maintenance. Meaning less money is spent on replacing old, worn out or damaged parts of your vehicle.
3. Less carbon emissions
EVs run on batteries not fossil fuels. Fully electric vehicles use no fossil fuels, however, be aware that plug-in electric hybrid vehicles produce emissions as they still run on fossil fuels. The vehicle swaps to its fuel supply when the electricity supply drops or when you speed up, such as on a motorway.
Less emissions, from your EV, also means less air pollution, which causes problems such as asthma, and has a major effect on climate change. Swapping to an EV is not only better for people’s health but also for the health of the planet.
4. You don’t have to go to the petrol station
You can charge overnight at home, or whilst you shop as you can leave you car charging in electric car bays in certain car parks. This means you don’t have to make that extra journey to fill up your car, you can charge whilst you run errands or whilst you sleep in the comfort of your own home.
The installation of home charging points can be expensive, with installation costs starting at £800. However, in the long run this will save you money as it is cheaper to fill your car with an electrical charge than with fossil fuels.
The UK Government has an EV charge point grant that provides up to 75% funding towards the installation of electric vehicle smart charge points at domestic properties, within the UK. For more information and to see if you are eligible see: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/government-grants-for-low-emission-vehicles.
5. Driving Range
You can travel anywhere between 100 to 300 miles with an electric vehicle depending on the vehicle model and battery size. If you need to recharge mid-journey, there are plenty of charging points across the UK. Most only take 30 minutes to fully charge your car, so you can have a short break before carrying on your journey.
The UK’s Health and Safety Executive, advise that you take a 15 minute break for every 2 hours driven, so charging your vehicles batteries will give you plenty of time to charge your own.