Benefits of electric cars

Electric cars are increasingly seen as a viable everyday mode of transport, offering many benefits to individuals and businesses alike, and not just the realm of the tech savvy and environmentally aware.

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The benefits of electric vehicles are clear with more than 20 manufacturers now investing with even more to be launched next year. The growing choice means that there's an EV to suit a range of budgets and user needs – making purchasing or leasing an electric car a more viable proposition than ever before.

Drivers also need to look beyond the upfront costs when considering an electric car. Over the life of owning or leasing, you could benefit from major cost efficiencies, greater convenience, comfort and performance, as well as improving the environment around us.

Environmental benefits of electric cars

electric car green environment

One of the biggest advantages of driving electric is the improvement it can make to the environment we live in.

Pure electric vehicles have no tailpipe, so they don’t emit any exhaust gases, which reduces local air pollution particularly in congested cities.

Electric cars are an attractive solution for councils challenged to clean up air quality to improve their residents’ health and quality of life.

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Discounts on congestion charges

Electric cars exempt from London Congestion Charge

Some areas are introducing Clean Air Zones with fees designed to discourage polluting vehicles from entering certain areas. A key benefit of an electric car is being exempt from these charges.

For example, once registered, electric car drivers in London can travel in both the congestion zone and the new Ultra Low Emission Zone for free. If this is a journey that you make often, the cost savings can be enormous.

The Ultra Low Emission Zone for example costs £12.50 a day for cars. In a normal working year that could save a motorist as much as £2,875 on top of any fuel savings. As more and more cities consider introducing similar schemes, a switch to electric could be more advantageous right across the UK.

In total, an electric car owner driving in London could save up to £2,875 a year in ULEV zone fees.

Benefit from lower running costs

electric car cost saving benefits

One of the main advantages of electric cars is they're extremely cheap to run when compare to petrol or diesel. On average, an electric car costs about £2 to drive 100 miles (this cost is based on our GoElectric tariff). That’s cheaper than the cost of a morning coffee. The average petrol equivalent to drive the same miles would be £11.60(1). Amazing when you think about it.

Better still, some councils and workplaces offer free or low cost charging benefits. This means that there are even opportunities to get your fuel for free in some places.

Pure electric cars benefits from zero road tax whilst some plug-in hybrids receive a £10 annual discount.

With fewer moving parts, electric cars need less maintenance and servicing is much simpler. This means that you could save an average of 23% on the cost of service and maintenance giving a great cost advantage to driving an electric car. Find out more about electric car service and maintenance.

Improved driving experience

electric car driving performance advantages

You'll instantly notice three advantages to driving an electric car over driving ICE vehicles (Internal Combustion Engine).

The first is instant torque from the electric motor which gives high and responsive acceleration.

The second is regenerative braking when easing off the accelerator, which feeds energy back into the battery adding to their efficiency.

Finally the weight and distribution of the batteries and low centre of gravity benefits handling, comfort and safety. When driving an electric car, you're less likely to be seriously injured, with the Tesla 3 having the lowest probability of injury of any car tested.

Government funding towards a charge point

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Right now, electric car drivers can benefit from government grants towards the cost of installing a charge point at home or at work.

Grants of up to £500 are available towards the cost of installing a home charge point. The government’s Workplace Charging Scheme also provides eligible business with support towards workplace charging points.

Benefit from £3,500 off the purchase price

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The UK government’s Plug-in Car grant is providing up to £3,500 off the price of an electric car.

Eligible models must have CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and a zero-emission range of 70 miles or more.

The grant is usually taken off the total price of the car by the dealer.

Benefit from free parking

electric car free parking

A widely used incentive and benefit to encourage electric driving is free, priority or dedicated parking bays that are often positioned with convenient access in mind.

For example, in Milton Keynes, electric car drivers can park for free in one of more than 15,000 city centre bays.

Benefit from increasing resale values

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Finally, one of the biggest concerns for electric car drivers has been, until now, the resale value of the vehicle. That’s all changing as the market has become familiar with the technology; technology and range is improving and demand is high.

People all over the country are showing an interest in switching to electric with the market growing by 19% last year. This will be a trend that it set to continue. In fact in 2019, the price of second-hand electric cars rose by 12%.

Reduce noise pollution

noise pollution on roads reduced by electric vehicles

It's not just air pollution that’s improved. An advantage of electric cars is they're much quieter than petrol and diesel vehicles, so noise pollution can be greatly reduced benefiting both residential and city centre areas.

Living next to busy roads may no longer be a negative when moving home in the future but an attractive aspect to take advantage of transport links.

In fact electric cars are so quiet, they are now required by law to have an Acoustic Vehicle Alert System (AVAS) to emit an artificial sound to signal their prescence to pedestrians when reversing or travelling below 12mph (19km/h).

Convenient charging

electric car home charging convenience

Imagine a world where you no longer need to go to the petrol station. Unlike ICEs, the benefit of electric vehicles is they can charge wherever there's an appropriate electrical socket or plug. That means you could charge at home, at work or in public places using charge points.

Electric car drivers tell us that it's the flexibility they love about driving electric. Not only for the convenience of charging whilst the car is parked anyway at home or work and never having to wait in a queue at the pump again, but also for the cost savings this provides.

Car hire for longer journeys

family car hire is an advantage with some electric car dealers

Driver often cite range as one of the disadvantages to driving an electric car. Even though some cars can go over 200 miles between charges, many people worry that they may need to make a longer journey that is beyond the range of an average electric car.

Fortunately many car dealerships have this covered and are able to offer a petrol or diesel car for longer journeys if required. This eases the cost concern of additional car hire for many electric car drivers.

Benefits of electric vehicles for business

As a business driver, the advantages are even better. In addition to government grants available for businesses, such as the Workplace Charging Scheme, businesses can also benefit from reduced company car tax on electric cars, vehicle excise duty and capital allowances.

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