There are currently more than 160,000 drivers in the UK enjoying the benefits of electric motoring with many more expected to make the transition in 2019.
Manufacturers predict a boom in electric car sales, helped along by rising fuel prices and emission charges - especially for diesel drivers.
How to charge the vehicle?
How and where to charge an electric car can be a concern to people when considering making the move, but it couldn’t be simpler.
Most drivers will simply charge overnight on their drive, inside a garage or at a nearby on-street residential ChargePoint.
There are currently over 16,500 public charging point connectors across the UK, including rapid chargers at 96% of motorway service stations, meaning potential electric car drivers should not be concerned about opportunities to charge when away from the home. Even more widespread rollout of workplace and on-street charging points will eventually come into place, although this will take time.
What are the costs involved?
When you first purchase an electric car, you will need to know how much you intend to pay upfront. Unfortunately, the initial cost of the electric car will be more than an equivalent petrol or diesel model, due to the simple fact that the lithium batteries are expensive to source. However, this cost will be balanced out by the fact the running costs of an electric car are much lower.
You may also look to turn to the UK government who are keen to promote electric cars wherever they can. As part of their aim to reduce carbon emissions, a grant of up to £3,500 can be acquired to help towards the cost of buying the vehicle. They will also help you with the cost of installing a charge point at home by putting forward 75% of the costs.
There are also the added financial benefits to take into account such as that electric cars are exempt from road tax (you will only pay a fee if you opt for a pricier model that exceeds £30,000) and many car parks across the country offer free parking spots or free charging spots for electric cars. If you are visiting or live in London, you will also get the added benefit of avoiding the congestion charge.
When you eventually wish to sell the car, you will also be able to recoup a lot more than you would with a petrol or diesel car as over time, as an electric car loses a lot less value.
What are the environmental benefits?
The biggest reason to make the move to an electric car is the environmental benefits that come with it.
Although electric cars obviously still leave a carbon footprint, they won’t be adding damaging carbon dioxide and poisonous gases into the environment. The reduced exhaust emissions means less air pollution and in turn, better air quality.
As time goes on and renewable energy becomes a more viable source, electric cars will also become more environmentally friendly due to the fact that they will be charged by renewable energy.
So, that’s our verdict... What’s yours?
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