Electric cars are still quite rare on our roads. Still, with over 120,000 electric vehicles sold in the UK, they are becoming more popular all of the time, and we’re all getting more used to seeing charging points at service stations, supermarkets and other car parks.
There are many advantages to purchasing an electric car, and sooner or later we will all be doing it as electric vehicles move from niche to norm. Electric vehicles are more environmentally friendly, cheaper to run and often, easier to drive. You could also pick up tax benefits as an added bonus. Sound good? Here are some of the things to think about if you are considering buying your first electric car.
Learn About Charging Options
If you are going to purchase an electric car, having an EV charger installation at home will be a big help. The installation process is simple and affordable, and it means that you can charge easily and efficiently at home, without having to worry about finding charging ports whenever you are out.
If you make regular long journeys or don’t have a garage or driveway at home, you may be reliant on public charging points. But, fortunately, these are becoming more readily available at supermarkets, malls, service stations, petrol stations, and other large public areas.
Range is a big worry for many people buying an electric car for the first time. You might worry about running out of charge miles away from a charging station. But, this is becoming less of a concern, as chargers become easier to find and the range of EV’s increases.
Some of the larger battery EV’s today have a range of up to 250 miles. If you happily do your commute on a quarter tank of gas, you’ve really got nothing to worry about in day to day life, and when it comes to longer journeys, you might just need to be a little more organised with stops. Generally speaking, the more expensive the EV, the bigger the battery and so the longer the range. But, even if you are shopping on a budget, the idea of range anxiety shouldn’t put you off.
Different Kinds of Electric Car
There are different makes and models of electric car, as well as various kinds of electric car. First, there are Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs). These run entirely from electricity, and around £3 of electricity runs for approximately 180 miles. You can also save on repairs, as without clutch, exhaust or fuel tank there’s much less to go wrong.
Next, there are Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs), which is a sort of middle ground. These cars have a petrol tank and an electric battery. The range of the battery is only around 50 miles, and then the petrol tank kicks in.
Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) are becoming a more popular option. Like a BEV, the range on the electric battery is only around 50 miles. They can recharge during a journey, so you don’t need to worry about finding a charging port.
Do You Need a New Car?
If you need a new car, you should try to consider an electric option. If not, waiting for a while can mean that more affordable and higher range cars will be available.