The Benefits Of Electric Vehicles
Electric vehicles are becoming much more popular, quickly moving into the mainstream, and it’s not hard to see why. From environmental and health benefits, to low running and servicing costs, the list of electric vehicle benefits is long.
Whilst the cost of buying an electric vehicle varies by make and model, there are many cool benefits that apply to them all, setting them apart from their petrol or diesel peers.
Cheap and efficient to run
- Little or zero road tax – since road tax is based on tail pipe emissions, most electric vehicles are exempt
- No new car tax – saving the £140 paid on petrol and diesel vehicles
- Cheaper per mile to run – EVs cost approximately a quarter the price of petrol or diesel, so you’re looking at just over a fiver for 100 miles if charged at home
Lower maintenance and servicing costs
- Fewer moving parts means less wear and tear or parts to go wrong
Kinder to the environment
- With zero tail pipe emissions, EVs are greener. They don’t produce any carbon dioxide, a major contributor to greenhouse gases and environmental damage.
Better for everyone’s health
- No harmful pollution – which can be a major contributor to heart and lung disease
- Less stressful – no engine noise or vibrations for a calmer driving experience
Simple and convenient to charge at home
- Charging times vary by vehicle and charger type. From 5-7 hours for a full charge on a 7kWh home charger, you can easily plan into your lifestyle and routine
- Energy tariffs vary, some suppliers and chargers even allow you to charge when electricity is at its cheapest
- Charging at home means no more visits to smelly petrol stations
- Government grants of up to £500 towards the cost of a home chargepoint
Access to low emission zones
- Avoid paying the London Low emission zone or congestion charge fees
- EV drivers are welcome in many of the UK towns and cities that are introducing low emissions zones, although scheme registration may still be required to avoid incurring a fee
Our customers find that driving an electric vehicle is an all-round more enjoyable experience, whether it’s guilt-free driving and knowing they aren’t creating any harmful pollution, or just arriving at their destination feeling more relaxed.
Q: How far can I travel before I need to recharge an electric vehicle?
According to Go Ultra Low, the majority of car journeys in the UK are less than 15 miles, so drivers can do many trips on a single charge.
Q: Why should I drive an electric vehicle?
Q: Is it convenient to charge an electric vehicle?
Most electric vehicle owners home charge. The government provides a grant towards the cost of purchasing a charge point and the public charging infrastructure is constantly improving.
There are over 16,500 public charge points across the UK in places like supermarket car parks, motorway service stations, hotels and some petrol stations.
Q: How do I choose the right vehicle?
A: The number of electric vehicles for you to choose from is growing. Most manufacturers now sell one or more of the four main types of EV, these are:
Battery electric vehicle (BEV)
Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV)
Hybrid electric vehicle (HEV)
Fuel cell vehicle (FCV)
The right one for you depends upon your travel needs, budget and lifestyle. Our consultants can discuss this with you. Because we are independent, we can discuss the features and benefits of all makes of electric vehicles to help you make the right choice.