The electric vs petrol cars debate is generally surrounded by a lot of confusion and intrigue. However, the demand for electric vehicles is on the rise. In September 2019, there were approximately 240,000 electric cars and 9,000 electric vans registered in the UK. Yet by 2040, we expect the UK to host over 36 million electric vehicles with a ban on internal combustion (petrol/diesel) vehicles altogether.

There is an array of benefits to driving an electric engine vs a combustion engine, including costs and more importantly huge positive contributions to climate change. Read on to find out how electric and petrol/diesel cars differ, and why now is the time to switch to electric.

What is an electric vehicle?

Electric vehicles run on and are charged up with electric power, as opposed to petrol or diesel. This electric power is stored in a battery, which is used by an electric motor to drive the car forward. Electric car charging takes place at stations across the UK, for public, business and home use.

There are also hybrid electric vehicles, which have a petrol engine with the addition of electric elements to their powertrains. To power the car forward, hybrids uses a combination of this electricity and petrol stored in a tank. For more information about how electric and hybrid vehicles compare, read our blog about the difference between electric and hybrid cars.

What is an internal combustion (ICE) vehicle?

An internal combustion (ICE) vehicle is fully powered by petrol or diesel. When petrol or diesel is burned inside a cylinder, this creates a chemical reaction to power the car forward. Whilst the internal combustion engine has served its purpose effectively over recent decades, the environment is now paying a large price. The release of fossil fuels has hugely contributed to air pollution and climate change on a global level.

What are the benefits of driving an electric vehicle vs an internal combustion vehicle?

Switching to a lifestyle of EV charging compared to petrol re-filling is one that comes with many benefits. Here are a few of our top ones to consider:

  • Eco-friendly: Electric cars are hugely environmentally friendly compared to their internal combustion engine counterparts. Emitting zero greenhouse gases, electric vehicles have a minor environmental impact.
  • Cost: Running an electric car can save motorists a lot of money. To drive 10,000 miles in a Nissan Leaf costs £340, however in a Nissan Micra Fuel economy it costs £1,281.50.
  • OLEV EV charging grant: When you purchase an electric vehicle charging point or electric vehicle, motorists have the chance of being eligible for the OLEV grant. This allows motorists to cover costs for purchase and installation, with up to £500 available per charging socket.
  • Free travel in congestion zones: In London’s congestion and ultra-low emission zones, electric car drivers can travel for free. This can save huge amounts of money in the long term, especially if you travel through these zones often!
  • Fantastic driving experience: Compared to petrol/diesel cars, electric vehicles provide motorists with an improved driving experience. This is because electric vehicles have a higher starting torque for rapid acceleration, as well as regenerative braking. Plus, electric cars are more lightweight, ensuring a smoother and more comfortable ride.
  • Benefit-in-kind: Those who own company cars will not be required to pay benefit-in-kind on full electric vehicles as of April 6th

For more information about electric vs petrol cars or to enquire about EV charging, contact our team of experts at Elmtronics. We are more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Simply call 0191 417 3719 or send an email to