Why Go Electric

Time to go Electric?

With the development of Government schemes in the push towards electric vehicles, and anticipated ban of petrol and diesel vehicle production by 2030; many of us may wonder whether it’s time to make the switch. Raising questions like, what are the benefits? Is electric really better for the environment? What are the different options? And is this the right choice for me? We know this can be quite overwhelming, so that’s why our team have put together a straightforward guide to answer all your EV questions, from range concerns and running costs, to your EV needs, and what model is right for you.  

What are the benefits of going electric?

By far the greatest drive behind Electric Vehicles is their minimal impact on the environment. Full Electric Vehicles contribute zero tailpipe emissions making them particularly useful for improving air quality in urban settings - in a year, one switch from a standard Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) to an electrical vehicle (EV) prevents 1.5 million grams of Co2 emissions on average. Furthermore, EV’s are also quieter helping with noise pollution in these busy urban settings aswell. Fully electric vehicles are powered from your mains electric. For most people this will be a charging point at home though as the UK invests in infrastructure for electric vehicles more and more charging points are appearing in shopping centres and other locations giving you the flexibility to leave your car charging whilst you do your shopping or go for a coffee. With zero emissions whilst driving, exemption from congestion charges and reduced noise these represent a clean and efficient way of getting around. While the biggest advertisement behind going electric is going 'green', there are many other benefits to switching to electric which you may not have considered, including;
  • Lower running costs
  • Reduced fuel costs
  • Lower/zero tailpipe emissions
  • Minimal maintenance
  • Government incentive schemes
  • Utility rates 
Buying an electric car outright can be more expensive than the equivalent petrol or diesel model meaning leasing can be a far more attractive method of owning the latest electronic vehicles. Most major manufacturers are looking to develop electric vehicles so there is a wide variety of vehicles out there to suit any requirements and budgets. View our range of full electric vehicles How 'green' is an Electric Vehicle? There is a lot of speculation regarding just how much better electric vehicles are for the environment once the emission of the manufacturing is considered as EV batteries require lithium which is typically highly energy demanding. However, once the like for like emissions from electricity generation Vs that of petrol/diesel combustion is accounted for, the EV remains the greener option long term, despite the initially higher emissions in manufacturing. What about Hybrids? Hybrids are also a great option as they offer similar advantages to a full EV while also giving the security and flexibility of a standard Internal Combustion Engine (ICE). However, different models are better suited to different driving demands, so it is important to understand which model is best for you, in order to make the most significant improvements to your fuel efficiency.

 

What options are available?

Full Electric

Fully electric vehicles (EV) have a battery rather than a petrol/diesel tank, containing an electric motor instead of an internal combustion engine. These vehicles run entirely on elecricity and require manual recharging, however use no fuel so don't require refilling and have zero tail pipe emissions.

Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) are a combination of fuel and electric, containing a battery, an electric motor, a fuel tank, and an internal combustion engine (ICE). PHEV’s use both fuel and electricity to run, these vehicles can complete shorter distances on electricity alone while being backed up by an ICE. These vehicles require recharging and filling up. However, are much more fuel efficient than a standard combustion engine. Plug-In hybrids (PHEV) give you the benefits of an electric vehicle but also the reassurance of an internal engine to recharge the batteries if you run out of range. Plug in Hybrids have far lower emission than a traditional car but more than a full electric vehicle. Running costs can be slightly higher as they require a petrol, but they represent excellent value for eco-friendly motoring.  View our range of plug-in hybrid  

Full Hybrid

A full Hybrid is a vehicle which can be by powered by an electric motor in conjunction with a combustion engine, however, pure electric running is only an option for short distances. Full hybrids are particularly fuel efficient in urban settings, however, they tend to offer comparatively lower mpg to that of a combustion engine on motorways. These vehicles require refuelling but not manual recharging. Plugging in may not be suitable for everyone, in which case a hybrid vehicle gives you the some of the advantages of an electric vehicle but uses a conventional engine to charge the batteries giving you the freedom to drive further for longer. The running costs and emissions are slightly higher as the batteries are charged from the internal combustion engine, but they have a much greater range than a pure electric vehicle. Check out full hybrid offers

Mild Hybrid (MHEV)

A Mild Hybrid (MHEV) is the least electrified type of hybrid, the electric motor is attached to the engine and boosts the engine under acceleration, this improves fuel efficiency. A mild hybrid, unlike a full EV, cannot run on electric alone. These vehicles require refuelling, but the battery is recharged internally so does not require manual charging    

Is electric right for you?

While electric vehicles are set to become the new norm, there is still plenty to consider before making the switch. 1.Charging points Once you go for an electric vehicle you have to consider where you will be able to charge your vehicle as it will require daily recharging, usually overnight. This means you either need access to an electric charger in a space where you feel happy leaving your vehicle for extended periods of time, or, have an electric charger fitted. This is often the best option, however, will be dependent on your where you live: if you live in a flat or do not have access to off street parking you may struggle to find a suitable place to recharge your vehicle. 2.Charging times Charge times also need to be considered; this varies from vehicle to vehicle, however, can range from 6-20 hours, so should be considered when selecting an EV. You also must be prepared to wait these long hours. 3.Electric Range Another factor that can cause concern is range ability of your EV, again this varies from one car to another so your driving demands should be considered before selecting your vehicle to ensure you choose an EV that can fulfil your range demands. 4.Higher Purchase Price Something else you may want to consider is the purchase prices of EV’s; generally speaking, they are more expensive to manufacture which translates into higher purchase prices (than a standard ICE) and also higher lease terms. Often this difference in price can even out over the lifetime of the vehicle as you consistently save on fuel, but this is definitely worth thinking about beforehand.

Government Incentives

The UK Government currently have incentive schemes in place available to help drive electric vehicle sales in the push towards a carbon neutral UK by 2050. Low Emission Vehicle Grants Low-emission vehicles which meet the eligibility criteria currently have a maximum grant of £2,500 available. These grants are built into the vehicles price, when you lease a vehicle which meets the eligibility criteria the price will have been adjusted for this. To learn more about the government eligibility criteria click here. Road Tax Certain electric Vehicles are exempt from Road Tax. Your vehicle is only eligible if the power comes from an external source and is not connected to source of power when the vehicle is moving (i.e., pure EV and PHEV may be eligible) Click here to learn more.   Electric Vehicle Home Charge Scheme (EVHS) The Electric Vehicle Home Charge Scheme (EVHS) provides grant funding of up to £350 towards the cost of installing electric vehicle charge points at domestic properties across the UK.