Your guide to buying an electric car

Making the jump from petrol and diesel fuels to owning an electric vehicle (EV)? Congratulations! Not only are you doing your bit for the planet, you could save cash in the long run. Here, you’ll find useful facts, stats, and tips to help you with a smooth transition.

The average UK driver travels less than 30 miles per day, and the average EV today has a range of more than double that distance. If you only use your car to get from A to B, you can switch to electric and hardly notice the difference.

Those who make longer trips, delivery drivers or those travelling for business, could benefit from a hybrid vehicle. That will help you reduce your carbon footprint without needing to worry about flat batteries.

Remember, the UK government is committed to phasing out the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2035.

By switching to electric now, you could benefit from grants and tax exemptions designed to encourage greener driving.


The benefits of electric cars

The future is electric. As the proportion of EVs on UK roads increases, so will the benefits of driving them. Make the jump today and you can enjoy:

  • A smaller carbon footprint
  • Congestion charge discounts in some areas
  • Lower long-term running costs than petrol or diesel
  • Government grants and tax exemptions
  • Free parking provided by some local authorities
  • Less noise pollution
  • Access to tens of thousands of public UK charging stations

Hybrid vehicles vs electric cars: Key differences

You’re likely to choose from three types of EV:

  • Full battery electric vehicles (BEVs) use only their batteries
  • Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) run on a battery, with a backup motor using fossil fuels
  • Range extended vehicles (REx) use petrol generators to power batteries

The cost of owning and running an electric car

EVs tend to be slightly more expensive than traditional cars to buy upfront due to their advanced technology. As time goes on, however, this gap is closing.As with any vehicle, buying second hand can work out cheaper.

The day-to-day costs of running an EV often work out much cheaper than those of fossil fuel cars. Depending on where you charge, electricity costs less than petrol or diesel. You’ll also have fewer servicing and repair costs on average.

Because the UK government is keen to phase out petrol and diesel vehicles, there could be grants available to help you switch to an EV.

Looking after your EV is much easier than maintaining a traditional car.

Making sure your battery stays charged is easy, the UK has tens of thousands of public charging points.

 

How to charge and maintain your electric car

The UK’s public charging point network supports a range of EVs, making it a viable option even without a charger at home.

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