As people across the UK continue to work hard to create a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle, you’ve probably found yourself thinking ‘Should I get an electric car?’ at some point or another.
Due to increased pressure on everyday people to reduce their own carbon footprint, electric cars have been experiencing a pretty sharp rise in popularity since they first hit UK roads. This popularity means that electric car manufacturers have been working pretty hard behind the scenes, too, ensuring that the technology involved in the way that these eco-friendly vehicles work continues to develop and improve over time, increasing their appeal for a wider audience.
So, what do you need to consider if you’re thinking about getting an electric car for yourself?
Are Electric Cars More Expensive To Run?
Some drivers may be put off from buying an electrical vehicle after hearing that electric vehicles could be more expensive to own and use in the long run – however, you’ll be pleased to know that this usually isn’t the case at all.
Just as with petrol cars, the exact running cost of an electric vehicle will vary depending on a variety of factors, such as make, model, age, size and frequency of use. However, the majority of electric vehicles are actually cheaper to run than their traditional petrol counterparts.
There are also certain discounts and incentives available to those who choose to ditch their petrol car in favour of an electric. For example, London drivers may be able to drive within the Congestion Charge Zone for free, whilst electric drivers across the UK could be eligible to receive a government grant.
The cost of charging your car publicly varies depending on location and the type of charging point used, though this will almost certainly be less than the cost to fill your car’s tank with petrol each time you find yourself low on fuel.
How Much Do Electric Cars Cost To Buy?
Electric cars do, like their petrol counterparts, vary in price depending on a range of factors. The price of a high-quality electrical vehicle compared to a petrol car has been known to put some buyers off – after all, the initial outlay is often higher than that of a traditional petrol vehicle.
However, as we’ve established, the overall running costs will often work out much cheaper in the long run – it’s also worth remembering just how much good you can do for the planet by making the switch from a petrol car to an electric.
The average price for an electric car in the UK currently falls within the £16,000-£20,000 range, whilst the cheapest high-quality electric is considered to be the Skoda CITIGOe iV, which comes in at just £15,000.
Electric cars can also be bought on finance or leased, much like a traditional petrol vehicle. With such a global focus on reducing carbon emissions and being much more environmentally friendly, there’s plenty of people ensuring that driving an electric is made as affordable as possible.
Do Electric Vehicles Make Much Of A Difference To The Environment?
Absolutely! Electric cars emit far fewer greenhouse gases than petrol or diesel vehicles, as well as contributing far less to air pollution – an ever-increasing problem within the UK’s cities that could certainly benefit from the rise of the electric car.
This takes into account both charging and production, too – it looks as though electric cars are better for the environment all round.
How Do I Charge An Electric Vehicle?
An electric vehicle is no good if you’re unable to charge it!
Luckily, this is easier to do than ever these days. A vast majority of petrol stations have made the shift to include electric charging points for these eco-friendly vehicles, as well as charging points becoming a common site amongst the nation’s service stations.
Charger points have also started popping up with increased frequency in car parks, whether it be within a multi-storey car park or a more compact charging point along a pavement. These cost varying amounts to use and can charge your car in varied amounts of time, though this information will likely be present on whichever charger point you happen to be using at any given time.
This makes a huge difference to the electric car experience of the past, in which electric car owners would find that the only available charging point for their vehicle was the one within their own homes. However, whilst electric car owners do have more options than they used to, a home charging point is still essential to ensure that your electric car can get you from A to B and back again.
Here at ProElec, the installation of electric car charging points is just one of the many services that we offer our clients for an affordable price, working to complete every job to the highest standard.
If you’re in the Newton-Le-Willows, Merseyside, Warrington, Cheshire or Greater Manchester area and are looking to make the switch from your traditoonal petrol vehicle to an electric, then why not get in touch with ProElec today and allow us to get your top quality charging point up and running for you?
If you have any queries or would like to find out more about the many services that we offer, feel free to contact us.
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