graham - roy hubbard motors4th October 2023:-

I’m often asked for my advice  about electric cars and ‘do the environmental reasons for driving one outweigh the practical reasons? What are the real benefits of switching over from a diesel or electric vehicle’? 

Electric vehicles (EVs) are not a new concept, but their popularity took a backseat as internal combustion engines dominated the roadways, offering greater range for longer journeys. However, times have changed, and the case for switching to an electric car in the UK is now much  stronger.

However, there are always pros and cons to every debate, so I’ll try to break them down here to help offer you a more balanced view.

First, let’s look at some of the most common ‘cons’ as well publicised:

**1. Insufficient Charging Points
This is still a major concern, as drivers envisage ‘running out of fuel’ on a longer journey before finding a charging point. However, the reality is this problem is quickly reducing week by week as there are now an ever increasing number of public ‘quick charge’ charging points in the country. And don’t forget, like most EV drivers, you can charge your car at home (eg overnight) on your own private charger. With an average range currently of over 200 miles on a single charge, this concern will soon be eliminated. The ‘milk float’ image can now be buried!

**2. Heavier Car

It’s true that the electric components including battery generally make the EV a heavier car, and it might be argued could potentially could cause more serious consequences in an accident.

**3. Components and Parts” –
It’s true that supply of parts are generally more expensive and can often be subject to long delays in supply. It’s a frustrating issue, but one which will improve over time.

**4. Purchase Price”
The initial purchase price  of an EV is at the moment generally higher than its equivalent petrol or diesel car. But that’s the price of innovative technology. Most EVs come with driving assist  and other extra safety features which all carry a price tag.

So what about the ‘pros”?

… and the arguments for switching over as promoted by most international governments and of course EV sellers!

**1. Environmental Reasons:**
The environmental impact of traditional vehicles is undeniable. Transport in the UK contributes significantly to carbon emissions, and air pollution is responsible for thousands of deaths each year. To meet our ‘Net Zero’ target by 2050 and combat air pollution, we must reduce emissions from transport. Electric cars produce zero tailpipe emissions, making them a crucial step towards a cleaner, greener future.

**2. Charging Points:**
As mentioned earlier, one common concern has been the availability of charging infrastructure. However, this is changing rapidly. Tesla, often compared to Apple’s influence on smartphones, has revolutionized the EV market. The UK now offers a wide range of affordable, technologically advanced electric cars with sufficient range on a single charge to meet most people’s daily needs, so as previously seen as a ‘Con’, might now be promoted as a ‘Pro’ for switching to EV.

**3. Government Incentives:**
The UK government encourages EV adoption through various incentives, including the Plug-In Car & Van Grant. Eligible vehicles can receive a substantial discount, making EVs an attractive option. Additionally, electric car drivers are exempt from the London Congestion Charge, enjoy free parking in some areas, and benefit from tax incentives.

**4. Cost Savings:**
Electric cars not only help save the planet but can also your wallet. While the initial purchase price may be comparable or slightly higher  to traditional cars, the cost of running an EV is quite a bit lower. With tax incentives, reduced fuel expenses (around 70% less), and possibly lower maintenance costs due to fewer components, you’ll find that driving electric can be more affordable in the long run.

**5. No More Fuel Worries:**
Charging an electric vehicle is definitely easier now, both convenient and cost-effective. You can charge at home, avoiding the hassle of queuing at petrol stations. The average cost of fuel in an EV is a fraction of petrol or diesel costs, and you may even find free charging points in some places. Plus, the charging infrastructure is rapidly expanding, making it easier to recharge your vehicle when needed.

**6. Grid Innovation:**
Smart charging and the ‘Vehicle to Grid’ scheme are paving the way for an energy-efficient future. These technologies allow EV owners to charge their cars when energy costs are lower and sell excess energy back to the grid during peak hours. It’s a win-win, not only saving you money but also contributing to a more balanced and sustainable energy system.

So, In summary,

… the arguments for switching to an electric car in the UK are now more compelling than before. Lower running costs, reduced environmental impact, government incentives, and a growing charging infrastructure all make electric vehicles an attractive choice. As battery technology continues to advance, driving ranges improve, and EVs become more affordable, so maybe now is a good time to seriously consider making the switch, but of course only you can make that decision! It’s not just about driving a car; it’s about driving change and the opportunity to maybe embrace a cleaner, more sustainable future.

So, are you ready to join the EV revolution? If you are, we at Roy Hubbard Motors are ready to offer advice and of course to serve you!

Graham Packer

Roy Hubbard Motors.