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Drive an electric car for zero emissions

I’m intrigued by electric cars, as the sales in the UK remains relatively small, but the selection of new electric cars is growing fast. Car manufacturers are embracing the new technology, delivering models with longer ranges, faster charging times and lower prices. Should you consider electric driving?

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What is an electric car?

An electric car is one that is exclusively powered by an electric motor and battery, rather than a hybrid that combines both a fuel-burning motor with an electric one.

Elementary my dear Watson

Sherlock Holmes would state that the extra expense of buying the vehicle would be made up by the cheaper cost of charging and most electric cars hold their value well, reducing finance and running costs. The planet wins with no harmful emissions when driving.

Where’s the catch?

Only consider an electric car if you drive less than 150 miles per day, have a garage or driveway, have a company car and drive in central London. Electric cars with the longest range today can travel well just over 250 miles on a single charge. Using one of the 13,000 public charging points in the UK takes about 40 minutes to get an 80% charge. Hmmm, do you have the spare time?

4 Tips for moving to electric driving

  1. The lack of public charging infrastructure makes more than 200 miles in a day in an electric car problematic. Best to charge at home overnight when electricity tariffs are lower and not needing to top up the battery again during the day.
  2. Eectric cars are expensive to buy, however manufacturers may allow you to lease the battery separately to keep costs down. Charging an electric car is cheaper than fuelling a traditional car. Add the free road tax, the company car tax advantages, the lower maintenance costs; together the running costs are lower.
  3. Don’t worry about practicality, as electric cars deliver boot and passenger space equivalent to petrol and diesel rivals.
  4. Enjoy the electric car driving experience, as the near-silent cruising and in traffic, the car slows itself when you lift off the throttle, so it’s possible to drive around town using just one pedal, hardly ever touching the brake.

The best part of owing an electric car is no harmful emissions, plus you will have to change the way you think about driving. You automatically adopt a gentle and relaxed style of driving that maximises your range; meaning you reach your destination refreshed. Are ready to join the electric car revolution?

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Date: 10 June 2019 by max robinson