Adverts for new cars have been around for as long as we can remember. Television commercials, roadside billboards, glossy magazines – all feature the latest models, urging us to check them out and upgrade.
In recent times, though, the focus has changed. Automotive manufacturers are now as keen to promote the benefits of choosing an electric or hybrid vehicle as they are to showcase safety, comfort, and the latest optional extras.
With the number of electric vehicles (EVs) on the roads increasing – global sales topped 1.1 million during the first half of 2019 in the US alone, according to the Edison Electric Institute – it’s a trend that shows no sign of slowing. The introduction of more affordable models, such as the Tesla Model 3, means an electric car is a viable option for growing numbers of us.
If you’re considering making the switch, we’ve got 6 good reasons why you might want to do so.
It’s the right choice for the environment
We all need to take more responsibility when it comes to caring for the planet. Changing to an EV is the most effective way of reducing your personal carbon footprint and effectively eliminating harmful emissions such as carbon monoxide, lead, and ozone, among others. It’s one way we can all play our part when it comes to helping meet global goals on climate change.
There are more charging stations now
One of the main arguments against buying an EV was the lack of charging stations away from home. While it’s true traditional fuel stations are far more prevalent, most countries do now have an expanding network. The Netherlands reportedly has the fastest-growing total of charging stations in the world, and there are numerous apps and websites, such as Carwow's electric car charging point finder tool, to help EV and hybrid car owners find the nearest electric vehicle charging stations.
You’ll spend less on fuel
The biggest advantage of an EV is the saving you’ll make when you no longer have to buy diesel or petrol. In Europe, it’s estimated the average motorist spends around €235 per month on fuel; by contrast, case studies have shown charging costs for the Nissan Leaf – Europe’s best-selling electric car – can be as little as €1 for around 84 kilometers of travel. Plus, of course, if most of your journeys tend to be close to home, you’ll rarely need to stop at a charging station – your car can charge overnight while you’re tucked up in bed!
Maintenance costs are lower too
Many of the most common engine faults that occur, such as a faulty oxygen sensor or catalytic converter, simply don’t apply to EVs. You’ll no longer need to buy engine oil, either. All these savings will add up over time. (Obviously, we can’t allow for everyday chips and scratches on your vehicle’s wheels that might need attention – you’ll still need a stock of EZFIX for those!)
They’re becoming more affordable
One of the key criticisms levelled at EVs is that they’re expensive to buy and cost more to insure than traditional cars. It’s true that, until recently, the upfront cost has been so much higher that an EV wouldn’t work out cheaper in the long run. This is changing, however. As EVs become more popular and more models are available, both the purchase price and insurance premiums are dropping. Research carried out earlier in 2020 showed the lifetime cost of an EV is now lower than that of a comparable petrol model, with a current estimated saving of around £100 per year.
They give you a surprisingly good driving experience
Obviously, we’re not talking supercar comparisons here, but for everyday motoring, an EV is surprisingly enjoyable. The electric engine makes for smooth acceleration (and deceleration), while the lower center of gravity ensures a good level of handling and comfort. And, of course, the electric engine makes for a quieter ride.
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