Plugs Over Petrol: 3 Key Benefits of Owning an Electric Car

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Plugs Over Petrol: 3 Key Benefits of Owning an Electric Car

If you’ve kept up with the news over the past few months, you will have noticed that electric vehicles (EV) are featuring more and more in the headlines as their popularity grows.  In fact, there has been a 48.9% year-on-year increase in plug-in car ownership for August 2017, according to registration figures from the SMMT. This represents a huge boost in the numbers of motorists investing in EV compared to 2016.

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The future also looks bright for the electric market, with 37% of people believing these cars will be the most popular household technology in the coming years (OVOEnergy). So, with electric cars becoming a pretty big deal, we’ve decided to take a look at the three key benefits that EV can offer motorists. Read on to find out more.

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They’re the best option if you want to lower your carbon footprint

This is the main reason most people associate with owning an electric car, and they are still the best option if you want to reduce your environmental impact. By switching over to an EV, your engine will be powered by a battery that is charged up beforehand, rather than petrol or diesel that creates emissions that are harmful to the planet.

However, if you’re targeting a zero-carbon footprint, it’s important to know that EV can still impact the environment. If you use power from the grid to charge your car, you will still be using electricity powered by just under 50% fossil fuels (Ofgem), which the UK still relies on.

You can significantly reduce this by sourcing your home’s power from more eco-friendly alternatives, such as offsetting your consumption with solar panels or by switching to a green supplier. Green Electricity Marketplace is a handy comparison site you can use to find the best deal for your home.

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They are much cheaper to run and maintain

As well as being cleaner to run than traditional vehicles, electric cars are a lot cheaper to run. A typical overnight charge for an EV with a 100-mile range can cost between £3–4 (depending on your tariff), while travelling the same distance in a petrol car will typically burn through £18–19-worth of fuel, according to an article from The Guardian.

What’s more, you will find that your electric vehicle is much cheaper to maintain than a petrol or diesel car, too. Even though regular cars are much more reliable than they used to be, it’s a fact that combustion engines have hundreds of moving parts, compared to the 20 or so in an electric motor. This means that there is less potential for a fault to develop in an electric car compared to a traditional vehicle, so your EV is likely to run up lower maintenance costs over its lifetime.

Though EVs are often thought of as being more expensive to buy up front, recent developments in technology has brought entry prices down. In addition, many brands now run scrappage schemes, where the eco-conscious motorist can trade in their old car for a newer, greener model. Scrappage schemes, like this one from Lookers, aiming to bring the cost of getting an electric car down significantly.

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They can deliver great performance and practicality

Over the years, electric vehicles have often been viewed as a slower, less glamorous relative of their petrol cousins — think the inoffensive acceleration of a milk float or a golf cart. However, as more and more manufacturers have developed their own EVs, the performance capability of these cars has been transformed too. Though many will still prefer the feel and drive of a traditional car, an electric model is much lighter and able to generate more power from a standing start. This can give EVs a surprising amount of power — enough to rival the experience of a petrol vehicle.

As we’ve mentioned, EVs have much less need for a large engine, so there is typically more room to play with for the manufacturer. This has resulted in many expansive designs that provide much more cabin space than similarly sized petrol or diesel vehicles. Because of this, electric cars can prove to be a great choice for families or people who are looking for a roomier option to suit their lifestyle.

When the time comes to buy your next car, be sure to keep an EV in mind. With these three benefits, it’s clear to see that electric cars are becoming a really great option for the eco-friendly driver.


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