WITH the price of petrol and diesel on the rise, the case for making the switch to an electric vehicle has never been stronger.
As they come down in price, electric cars are becoming more attainable and usable as a daily car.
We’ve had a look at some reasons why you should be making the change.
Day-to-day running costs are lower
Although more expensive than traditionally-powered cars to buy, once the initial outlay is passed the daily running costs are considerably lower.
First and foremost, the car’s vehicle tax is free. That means no monthly or yearly payments, and no worries about forgotten tax, either.
Thanks to electric motors having just one moving part, servicing costs are minimal too. Whereas owners of petrol-powered cars will pay around £400 for maintenance each year, an electric vehicle’s servicing costs will come in at around £96, according to Go Ultra Low.
A recent study by Go Ultra Low found that electric cars could be run for as little as 2p per mile, meaning that everyday trips will be significantly cheaper when compared to those undertaken in a petrol or diesel car.
Charging points are more frequent
When electric cars first came to market, many consumers were put off by a lack of charging points across the country’s road network.
However, this is no longer the case. In the Chargemaster network alone there are over 5,000 public charging points for customers, meaning that there shouldn’t be an area that isn’t covered.
Electric car ranges are increasing with each new model, so range anxiety is turning into a thing of the past.
Added to this is the ability to have a fast charger installed at home, making replenishing your car’s battery easier.
They’re appearing on the used car market
Dial back a few years, and the only way to enter into the electric car market was to buy a new one.
Now however, many models are appearing on the used market, giving buyers a chance to experience electric driving but for a fraction of the brand-new cost.
Nissan’s Leaf is a consistent feature on the used car market, with some examples available from under £6,000, with just 60,000 miles on the clock.