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It’s no secret that electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming increasingly popular, for a whole host of different reasons. They are better for the environment and cheaper to run than more traditional cars, and the technology behind them is improving faster than any other type of vehicle. Electric cars are undoubtedly the future of driving; in fact, the sale of new petrol and diesel-powered cars will be illegal from the year 2030.
In this article, we will explore some of the main benefits and drawbacks of EVs, as well as the innovative EV charger from Electrical Supermarket which makes owning and, crucially, charging an electric vehicle a walk in the park.
There are a huge number of advantages that come with driving an EV as opposed to a car that relies on petrol or diesel. Some of the main benefits include the following:
The environmental benefits of driving an EV are the number one reason that most people switch to electric cars. The main environmental advantage that an EV has over a petrol or diesel-powered car is that it doesn’t have an exhaust pipe. This means that it doesn’t emit any carbon dioxide or other polluting gases into the air as it drives.
EVs’ lack of carbon emissions means that people switching over from their more traditional cars to electric ones would have a huge impact on air pollution, especially in cities with a lot of congestion.
There are occasionally rumours floating around that electric vehicles are not actually better for the environment, but this is untrue. Multiple studies and extensive research has shown that electric cars are significantly better for the environment than petrol and diesel-powered cars, even taking into consideration the energy that they take to manufacture and the energy that they use to run.
EVs are cheaper to drive than petrol or diesel cars. This is because the energy that they take to charge costs significantly less than the cost of fuel, especially in recent times when the cost of fuel has risen so much and so quickly.
On average, driving 100 miles in an electric car costs £1.30 as opposed to the £11.05 it costs to drive 100 miles in a petrol car. If you want to save money on driving, switching to an EV is a very simple way to do just that.
In addition to the running costs, EVs are also cheaper to take care of. There are fewer parts inside an EVs engine, so the servicing and maintenance of an electric car is a lot simpler, quicker and cheaper. Maintenance costs can be as much as 50% less expensive than those of a similar sized petrol-powered car.
In a bid to improve air quality in certain areas of cities across the UK, some Clean Air Zones have been introduced. Most drivers have to pay a charge to drive through these areas, known as a congestion charge.
Certain types of vehicles are exempt from these charges, including military vehicles, vehicles owned by disabled people, and luckily for EV owners, electric cars. This is because, as we know, EVs don’t have tailpipes and so don’t release carbon dioxide into the air and contribute to air pollution.
If you regularly have to drive through any of these Clean Air Zones you could save yourself a lot of money by driving an EV instead of a petrol or diesel car.
The benefits to the environment, particularly to local air pollution levels, are so great that the Government has made funding available to entice people into making the switch from petrol or diesel cars to electric ones. There are a number of different Government grants available from the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) to help people get set up with electric cars and chargers for them.
There are currently grants available for the installation of domestic EV chargers, EV chargers at workplaces and even EV chargers for local authorities to install street chargers. There are also grants available to help with the purchase of a new EV.
One of the many perks of driving an EV is that parking can be made easier. This is partly due to the abundance of designated EV parking spots in towns and cities across the UK, including in London. Some of these cities also have free parking specifically for EVs, including several London boroughs.
Often the designated EV parking spaces will also have EV chargers available for use to make your parking experience even more convenient, as if there weren’t already enough perks!
Electric cars are much quieter than more traditional petrol or diesel-powered cars, making the driving experience a lot more peaceful and comfortable for drivers and passengers alike.
In fact, electric cars are so quiet that they have to have a sound built in to make them audible to pedestrians and cyclists on the roads. This built-in sound is called an Acoustic Vehicle Alert System or AVAS.
Electric vehicles are designed with comfort in mind. They normally have a low centre of gravity which lends itself to a more comfortable drive with better handling. It’s also safer than having a higher centre of gravity.
EVs also benefit from having regenerative braking, which essentially means that as the car slows down when the brakes are applied it passes some energy back into the battery. This makes the braking process smoother, and in addition, it means that there is a lot less wear and tear than on the brakes of a normal petrol or diesel car, which keeps them in good condition for longer and saves you money on servicing and repairs.
Of course, alongside the many benefits and advantages that come with driving an EV, there are naturally some disadvantages too. The main drawbacks are:
EVs can be expensive. The upfront costs of an electric car are much more than the cost of a petrol or diesel car, even with the grants available from the Government to help with the initial costs.
However, there are so many perks and money-saving incentives that can save you money once you’re up and running, along with the significantly lower running costs, that you’ll make your money back on your investment in only a short space of time.
The number one issue that most electric car drivers have with their EVs is with the charging of them. Public charging points can be hard to come by or just plain inconvenient to access.
The best solution is to have a charging point installed at your home so that you can charge your EV whenever you need to, but most EV chargers require costly and difficult in-ground installation and earth spiking. Luckily, there’s a solution to that too!
At Electrical Supermarket we have an innovative EV charger which comes with integrated Pro Earth protection. This means that you don’t need all the hassle and expense of a separate earth spike installation.
This charger is extremely easy to set up and use. It’s so easy that essentially all you need to do is take it out of its packaging. It also has solar compatibility so you can make even more of a positive impact on the environment. In addition to all of this, the charger comes with time-shifting capabilities which means you can save even more money on your EV charging.
It’s safe and secure, and features an integrated cable lock which means you can have total peace of mind that your car is safely connected to your cable and charger as it’s charging.
This charger is market-leading and even comes with a 5-year warranty so you can rest assured that you’re getting a great deal, all whilst safely and easily doing your bit to save some money whilst saving the planet. It really does tick all the boxes, and makes charging your electric car as easy as charging your phone at night.