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The Pro’s & Con’s of Electric Vehicles

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The Pro’s & Con’s of Electric Vehicles

To some, electric vehicles still seem a relatively new concept in the automotive industry, but the impressive market growth over the past few years shows that popularity is definitely on the up. In the UK, registration of electric vehicles has risen from around 3500 in 2013 to an impressive 90,000 by September 2016.

Why the rise in popularity? Well, the main reasons for the creation of the electric vehicle was of course to lower the carbon emissions that are heavily ejected from a traditional model; so lowering pollution and providing a positive step towards helping our environment. The government are keen to support this, so another incentive could be the subsidies you can receive from choosing to be a bit more ‘environmentally friendly’ in your purchase.

There are more electric cars and now vans on the marketplace than ever before, so could it be time for you to consider going for the zero-emissions option over your conventional vehicle?
Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of going electric.

Electric Vehicles

 

Advantages

 

No Fuel Cost

Yes that’s right, you’ll never have to put petrol or diesel in your car ever again, by charging purely with electricity. Of course electricity doesn’t come for free but it’ll be far cheaper than the average cost of fuelling your vehicle every week.

 

Saving the planet

Electrically powered engines mean your EV is 100% safe for the environment. By running on a clean energy source, you will be emitting absolutely zero toxic pollution into the air, doing your bit to contribute to a green climate.

 

Cost Savings

EV’s get a reputation for being the much more expensive option to buy, and yes whilst the initial outlay is a bit more, your savings will come later. Also, as the market grows, costs will naturally come down and this is already happening.

 

They’re quiet

Driving an electric vehicle is virtually noiseless. With no emissions coming out of the exhaust pipe, the most you’ll hear is a faint whirr from the motor.

 

Popularity

As people become more conscious of green living, driving an EV is the perfect way to be ahead of the game. Set an example to your friends and family and now there’s no need to be behind on style. With popularity comes new makes and models in the market, so now the choice is greater than ever – increasing all the time.

There is no doubt that the evidence is plentiful to support the EV as a positive choice, but like most big purchases, there can be some downsides that everyone should consider before making that investment.


Electric Vehicles

 

Disadvantages

 

Running costs aren’t free

Your energy bill could come as a bit of a shock to you if you’re not prepared for what charging your car might add. Make sure you do your research as time can vary massively between models for how long they might need charged for. Some vans for example can take a few hours for full charge and so can reflect negatively on your bill.

 

Driving distance

Two fairly major limitations of EV are reduced speeds and the distance you can travel. Most cars have a range of up to around 100 miles before they need to be charged up again. This will be absolutely perfect if all you do is short distances, but for someone travelling up and down the country the drawback is clear to see.

 

Recharge points

Soon this problem should be much less likely, but for now, whilst EV’s are still relatively in their infancy fuelling stations can still be limited in certain areas. This is a pretty big limitation; you’d have to really plan out any trips and make sure that if you’re going a longer distance you won’t end up out of charge and stuck!

 

Silence

Some people believe that the silence is a risk factor – you can’t hear the vehicle coming and for young children especially ‘listen’ is one of the most important rules of road safety.

 

The Range

Yes there is more choice than ever before, but there still aren’t electric versions of lots of cars and vans, making the choice a fairly limited one. The lack of second hand market also doesn’t help this, and currently you do lose significant value from an electric vehicle as soon as you’ve driven out of the showroom.

All in, the entire electric car market is fundamentally built on a desire to help the environment and reduce your running costs. The market is growing, but there’s a long way to go until most people consider this as their go to choice of vehicle.

 

 

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