Electric cars are growing more and more popular. September 2021 saw record sales for electric cars in the UK as their market share continues to grow. With climate change becoming an increasing concern for many, electric cars are seen as one way to tackle carbon consumption. And with COP26 bringing these issues to the fore, governments are setting targets cutting their carbon consumption. With electric vehicles here to stay, we explore the pros and cons of adopting them.
The main benefit is that electric cars reduce harmful emissions and fumes. Indeed, research has shown that in 95 percent of countries, electric cars are better for the environment than petrol or diesel vehicles. Even with the added electrical consumption, they’re less harmful for the environment.
Although electric cars will cost more up front, they cost less to run over the long-term. The combustion engine has consistent costs and maintenance outlays. From oil changes to routine repairs, petrol cars will consistently cost you more. Essential maintenance is similar though: when you book an MOT online, you’ll follow a familiar process.
There are plenty of financial incentives for purchasing an electric vehicle, as governments around the world looks to encourage the transition away from petrol. For instance, in Scotland you can get an interest free loan of up to £28,000 for a new plug-in electric vehicle. Plus, across the UK, all electric cars, are exempt from both first year and subsequent years’ road tax.
One of the many drawbacks is that it can be difficult to find a nearby charging point. Charging points are growing, but it can still be tricky to find one in a practical location nearby. One solution is to add one to your garage, but it can be an expensive addition.
Charging takes much longer than just adding fuel to a car. Typically, an electric car can take up to eight hours to go from an empty battery to being fully charged. You don’t have to set off with full capacity, but you’ll need to plan ahead with your battery range.
Expensive start price
The initial outlay on an electric vehicle is higher than a petrol car too. If your main priority is price, then it could be difficult to justify getting an electric car. Nevertheless, the price difference between electric and petrol vehicles should narrow in the coming years.
Buying an electric car comes with advantages and disadvantages. If you’re purchasing a new car then you should consider your budget, charging accessibility and any financial incentives before deciding whether to go for an electric vehicle.