Here we look at some of the advantages to driving electric, and address some of the concerns you might have about switching.
Electric cars are better for the environment than a petrol or diesel car. An electric car will emit less greenhouse gases and pollutants over it’s life, even after you take into consideration the production and generation of the electricity needed to power it.
The emissions created during the production of an electric car can be higher than during the production of a petrol or diesel car, but with advancing technology this is improving. Electric cars also help to improve the air quality in high traffic areas due to the fact they don’t produce emissions when driving.
Electric Cars are cheaper to run than their petrol or diesel versions. If we assume the average UK electricity price is around 14p per kWh and that an electric car can travel 3.5 miles per kWh on average then to travel 100 miles it would only cost £4, which is 4p per mile. In a petrol car this would cost around £11, or 11p per mile, if petrol is £1.25 per litre.
The costs of both electricity and fuel will vary across the country, however the cost of filling up an electric car will generally be cheaper.
Most modern electric cars have a range that can easily cover most people’s daily use so finding a charging point when out and about becomes less of a concern. The car can simply be charged at home overnight ready for the next day.
But, just like with a petrol or diesel car, if you’re making a long journey you may need to stop to top up.