The drive behind the shift towards electric vehicles (EVs) is now stronger than ever.
Electric cars have increasingly been making the headlines in recent months. Major car manufacturers are announcing that every car they launch from certain dates will have an electric motor, and that the current UK Government wants to see our roads free of petrol and diesel cars by 2040.
Electric vehicles, sometimes referred to as EVs, are set to be the norm but what does this mean for us?
The majority of us don’t own an electric car yet, but what are the real advantages and disadvantages to owning and driving an electric car?
No Fuel – No Emissions!
This is one of the key factors that attracts us to buying an electric car. With the price of fuel on the rise, not paying for petrol or diesel to keep your car running. Can save you a lot of money on fuel! Even better – if you charge your electric car at home and your home runs on renewable energy from Good Energy, then your carbon footprint decreases dramatically!
The best part of owning an electric car comes from getting out on the roads and putting it to work. To start electric cars are lighter and – as all of there power is generated from a standing start, the acceleration of an electric car is better than most high performance petrol or diesel cars, achieving 0-60mph in seconds.
The term ‘range anxiety’ is familiar to those who’ve done their research on electric cars. The average electric vehicle range in the UK is around 133 miles fully charged. But when we talk about long distances that you’d get out of a fossil-fuelled car, people are turned-off from switching to electric. The distance you can travel on a single charge is improving and will continue to do so. However, most trips made in a car are less than 30 miles, which most EVs are able to do without issue. Similarly, the way that you fuel the car requires a different mentality to a fossil fuelled engine. Rather than filling up infrequently, you simply charge the car regularly – like your mobile phone!
Where and how we will charge in future
There is a lot of debate about different models for charging EVs in future. Half of households in Great Britain don’t have off road parking, this presents a very practical issue in terms of charging a vehicle at home! There are already more than 130,000 electric vehicles on the UKs roads, a figure that could pass 190,000 this year, as new models come to market and consumers reap the cost saving benefits of electric driving.
The forecourt model is another option. We are all used to the concept of filling up the family car, even if the experience of negotiating the queue for the pumps is not always the most enjoyable.
Electric charging stations may well follow a similar set-up, although motorists would want to be able to charge their vehicles quickly and as easy as possible, much like filing up a fossil fuelled vehicle.
Is an electric car for me?
There has been a shift in balance for electric vehicles, with more advantages than disadvantages. Even with some limitations many people are finding with an electric vehicle they are quickly being reduced – the driving ranges keep on improving, the electric car charging system is growing, the batteries are lasting longer, the cars themselves are becoming more attractive and affordable, plus the Government is slowly pushing towards EVs being the go-to option.
Ultimately, it’s all about the bigger picture. Electric vehicles are a cleaner, more environmentally-friendly way to travel. Passenger cars and vans contribute to 17% of all carbon dioxide emissions in the UK.
So, as we digest the implications of the government’s announcement on a 2040 cut-off point for sales of petrol and diesel vehicles, there are many unanswered questions. We do, however, know the answer to one of them: “Are electric vehicles here to stay?” It’s a simple “yes”.