Are Electric Cars Worth It?
In recent years, more people than ever have been making a conscious effort to be more environmentally friendly. With scientists and activists becoming increasingly concerned about the threat of climate change on our planet, many of us are beginning to adapt our behaviour in order to be kinder to the environment.
Governments all over the world are putting measures in place to address the crisis, and here in the UK, this includes banning the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030. With this in mind, if you’re in the market for a new car, it might be worthwhile to get ahead of the game and purchase an electric vehicle (EV) now.
There’s plenty to consider when it comes to buying an EV, and while in the long term they’ll dominate British roads, you may be wondering whether it’s worth buying one now.
In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the benefits of electric cars, providing you with everything you need to know before making a purchase.
Will I be able to charge my car away from home?
One of the biggest concerns people have when it comes to getting an electric car is where they’ll be able to charge it when not at home. Most owners will have a charging point installed at their home (although you will have to pay for this separately), but you needn’t worry about getting caught out while out and about.
There are thousands of community EV charging stations across the country. In fact, there are currently 42,000 charging points in 15,500 locations throughout the UK, more than the number of petrol stations in the country. These are a combination of paid and free charging points. You’re most likely to find free charging stations at supermarkets, shopping centres, car parks, hotels and service stations. We’d always recommend you do your research prior to embarking on a journey, identifying where the nearest charging points are.
Plus, the UK government has committed to building even more charging infrastructure in the coming years, to support the move from fuel vehicles to EVs.
How long does it take to charge an electric car?
The length of time it takes to fully charge an electric car varies depending on the type of charger you’re using. The duration of charging comes under three different categories.
Slow – Using 3kW of power, these chargers are usually installed at homes or workplaces and will take between eight to ten hours to fully charge your EV. Typically, this will be done overnight.
Fast – These chargers use anywhere between 7kW-22kW of power and take around three to four hours to complete the charge. You’re likely to find these in car parks, supermarkets and leisure centres.
Rapid – The quickest way to charge an EV, rapid chargers use 43kW of power and are normally located at motorway service stations. They only take half an hour to charge, but not every EV is compatible so make sure you check your car has the rapid-charging function.
Are there government incentives for getting an EV?
To encourage people to make the investment in electric cars and offset the potentially higher costs, the UK government is offering a whole host of grants and financial incentives to help lessen the load.
The main one of these is the Plug-In Car Grant. If you’re looking to buy an EV, the government will provide you with £2,500 as long as the car you’re buying doesn’t cost more than £35,000 and produces less than 50g/km of CO2.
If you want to install a charger for your EV at your home, then you can make the most of the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme. This scheme will contribute 75% (up to £350) of the installation cost. You must have an applicable vehicle and off-street parking to be eligible for the scheme.
Finally, all electric cars are exempt from road tax, as they don’t contribute to harmful CO2 emissions like petrol and diesel cars.
Can you save money from having an EV?
While EVs may cost you more up front, you’ll undoubtedly save money over time. Electric cars are extremely cheap to run and maintain, meaning you won’t be forking out big fees on fuel or repairs. If you use free charging stations when not at home, you can cut costs here, too.
And of course, if you make the most of the various government subsidies and financial incentives, you’ll be saving even more money.
Do you need special tyres for an electric car?
As well as the way they’re powered, perhaps the biggest difference between EVs and conventional vehicles is their weight. Petrol and diesel cars are far lighter, and this is due to EVs needing to incorporate large, heavy batteries into the vehicle. With this in mind, the type of tyres you’ll require needs to be able to cope with the weight and torque of an EV. There are a number of factors to consider when selecting electric car tyres, and your local garage or tyre suppliers will be able to advise you on what’s best.
Here at Tyres Northampton, we provide our expert tyre fitting services to all types of vehicles, including electric cars, helping you to find the perfect tyres for your EV dependent on your budget and preferences. To find out more about how to get the right tyres for your electric car, get in touch with our team today.← Is Premium Fuel Worth the Money?