Benefits of Electric Vehicles

Still undecided whether an electric vehicle is right for you or for your business? With the number of electric cars and vans models increasing rapidly, choosing an electric vehicle is becoming a more viable option for many.

To help you decide, we’ve listed some of the key benefits that electric vehicles can bring.

Many of us want to do our bit to help our environment, and electric vehicles can help us do just that. Fully electric vehicles have zero tailpipe emissions, which means they are greener, cleaner and better for our environment. Plug-in Hybrids also emit zero tailpipe emissions, but only when being driven in electric mode, which will differ depending on their EV range.

Whilst the actual price of an EV may currently be slightly higher than the petrol or diesel version, the cost to run one is significantly cheaper in the long run.

When you think of a petrol or diesel vehicle, you appreciate that the engine is rather complex, requiring many additional components to operate correctly – exhaust systems, starter motors, fuel injection systems, oil, radiators, gears.

But pure electric vehicles, on the other hand, have just three main components – the on-board charger, inverter and motor – and fewer moving parts than cars with an internal combustion engine. This means there are less things requiring maintenance and servicing is simpler. All of which could significantly save money.

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) can also be cheaper to maintain than ‘traditional’ petrol or diesel-powered alternatives. Whilst these have a petrol engine that needs regular servicing, the electrical motor requires little maintenance due to far fewer moving parts, which leads to less wear and tear of the petrol engine component.

Compared to petrol or diesel, electricity is cheap. On a cost per mile basis this means a pure electric car could cost a third (or less) of what a traditional petrol or diesel car might cost. Plug-in hybrids efficiently combine an electric motor with a petrol or diesel engine, meaning they too can be considerably cheaper to run. The cost savings will be greatest when owners charge at home and have access to an off-peak overnight electricity tariff.

Did you know that in the UK, the average daily journey is under 30 miles? And with most cars left unused either at home or at work for the majority of the day, one of biggest benefits EV drivers state is convenient charging.

The benefit of electric vehicles is that they can charge wherever there is an appropriate electrical socket- so while you are sleeping at home, in your work place car park whilst you do your 9-5, or even while you do your weekly shop at the supermarket using the free public charge points.

For many, with easy convenient charging you may never have to visit a petrol station for 90% of your driving.

And even for those longer journeys, the number of charging points across the UK is growing rapidly, so while you visit the services for a comfort break and a coffee, you can be confident that your battery can be topped up before you head on to your final destination.

The government aims to increase the number of people choosing an EVs, and there are currently a number of great incentives

Grants of up to £350 are available towards the cost of installing a home charge point. The government’s Workplace Charging Scheme also provides eligible business with support towards workplace charging points.

UK government’s Plug-in Car grant is providing up to £3,000 off the price of an electric car.

For business and their drivers, the support from the Government is even greater. In addition to the grants, there is also reduced Benefit In Kind tax and Vehicle Exercise Duty, and capital allowances.

And with the increase of Clean Air Zones and Ultra Low Emission Zones being introduced around the country and in London with fees designed to discourage polluting vehicles from entering certain areas a key benefit of an electric car is being exempt from these charges.

Not only will you notice how much quieter an electric vehicle is to drive, providing a more relaxing and enjoyable driving experience, on the whole electric vehicles are also better to handle too, as their heavy batteries are mounted in the chassis creating a low centre of gravity.

Electric vehicles also provide instant torque from zero revs, making them extremely fun to drive.

A finally the regenerative braking when easing off the accelerator, which feeds energy back into the battery adding to their efficiency.

Still need help deciding on whether an EV is for you? Take a look some of our tools below to help you further.

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