Zero Carbon Emissions
Electric cars do not run on diesel or petrol but rather on electric power. These vehicles operate on a closed circuit, which means zero carbon emissions from the engine. The fact that these cars are powered by electricity makes them more appealing to environmentalists looking to lower their carbon footprint.
As an added advantage, you can charge up your EV at home using the standard socket which brings your carbon footprint even lower. If you’re concerned about the environment and looking for a better way to drive, you should then consider switching to an electric car.
Lower Maintenance Costs
All cars need proper servicing and maintenance to perform optimally over time. Diesel and petrol engines are considerably more expensive to maintain when compared to electric vehicles. One of the reasons for this, according to the professional engineers at Fircroft, is because an electric motor only has less than 20 movable parts, while diesel and petrol engines have hundreds of moveable parts.
The more moveable parts an engine has, the higher the maintenance cost will be. That said, you will be saving more money owning an electric car as compared to a diesel/petrol car.
Lower Running Costs
With fuel prices hitting record highs, the cost of running the regular car is deemed to go up. At the time of this writing, drivers have to cough up around £63.80 for a full tank of unleaded petrol (for small or medium-sized cars). Charging up an electric vehicle can however cost as little as 96p depending on the type of electric car you own.
This is in addition to Good Energy’s Electric Vehicle Tariff which could see you saving up to £60 per year. This is a bonus considering the high tariffs imposed on vehicles with a higher carbon footprint. The best thing with owning an electric car is the fact that the energy used is 100% renewable.
Nothing beats an electric car when it comes to performance. Some of the EVs on the market today have faster acceleration speeds than supercars running on fossil fuels. The perception of electric cars has also improved over the recent past with manufacturers producing better-looking and higher performing cars.
Tesla Model S, for example, is capable of accelerating from 0 -60MPH in under 2.6 seconds. In addition to better acceleration and performance, electric cars have gotten lighter over time. This has led to more and more manufacturers wanting to have a piece of their cake in this niche.
As mentioned earlier, electric cars only run on a motor hence do not have an engine. That said, EVs are more spacious than regular cars. They also provide a much smoother ride with very low noise levels.
You never have to cope with engine noise for there is none. These vehicles are not only more comfortable to drive, but also family-friendly as well. You can take quiet trips to and from work, and even longer ones without the droning engine noise.
Electric cars have become more popular over time. Their growing demand has led to an increase in their supporting infrastructure. The UK alone has more than 4800 charging locations with approximately 7500 charging points.
These numbers have been growing steadily as more and more electric cars find their way onto our roads. In addition to the supporting infrastructure, many people are making the switch and even prefer charging their cars at home.
The number of petrol stations has also been on the decline over the past three years, with only 8456 petrol stations as of 2016. The sharp decline is due to more and more people using electric cars and rarely going for their gas-powered cars. Charging locations have been on the rise, a reason many would prefer driving their electric cars.
There are also more options to choose from when shopping for an electric car. EVs range from the more affordable Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe, to some of the well-known petrol and diesel cars that also come in electric versions. The Volkswagen eGolf is a good example of such.