There are now more electric cars on the road than ever before. In the past decade alone, the quality of the electric vehicle has improved so dramatically it may be time to reconsider whether or not you should get one.
Before you make you decision, have a look at our Top 5 Pros and Cons of Owning an Electric Vehicle.
Pros of owning an electric car
There are loads of good reasons to buy an electric vehicle. Here are some of the best ones.
1. There’s a Massive Benefit to the Environment
The biggest pro to owning an electric car is undoubtedly the positive environmental impact that they have. In an age where global emissions are increasing year on year, we all need to find our own way to help.
Electric cars are a fantastic way to accomplish that, because not only does their lack of fuel mean no carbon is released into the atmosphere, but the can also be recharged using clean, renewable energy (such as solar or wind power).
And due to their lack of fuel usage, Electric cars release no emissions. This leads onto their next benefit…
2. You Don’t Have to Pay Any Road Tax
Ownership of some cars can cost over £2000 a year in road tax alone. One important benefit to be mindful of is that you do not need to pay road tax if you own an electric vehicle.
3. Maintenance Costs? Forget about them!
Electric cars have a battery instead of an engine. This means there aren’t as many moving parts. Fewer moving parts mean fewer things that can break, which means less need for replacing or repairing.
What all this means is that you save money in the long run, because your electric car won’t need to be repaired as often.
4. Wide Access to Charging Points
With over 30,000 charging points found in 11,000 locations, it’s now easier to charge an electric car than fill up your petrol or diesel one.
It used to be that owning an electric car would be more trouble than it’s worth, but with an ever growing increase in charging stations this is no longer the case.
5. There is Loads of Choice Available
It used to be that if you wanted an electric car, there were only a few manufacturers that you could buy from.
That has all changed however, with more choice than ever before you’re likely to be able to buy an electric car from your favourite brand.
Cons of owning an electric car
The negatives to owning an electric car aren’t as crippling as they were a decade ago… But they can still be difficult to swallow.
1. Tick Tock. Wait for the Super Long Charging Times
The biggest issue with owning an electric car is the charging times. There’s a reason most electric owners choose to keep their car ‘topped up’, rather than let it drop to around 25% like liquid-based cars.
That’s because while it takes a matter of minutes to refill a tank, completely recharging the battery can take a lot longer. If you’re home-charging using a basic UK plug, 1 hour of charging adds about 11 miles of battery range.
This can be improved, if you’re willing to shell out for a better home-charger however.
2. There’s a Substantial Initial Cost
Although the cost of buying an electric vehicle isn’t as high as it used to be, buying electric can still prove more expensive than its petrol and diesel-based counterparts.
You can buy a brand new petrol-based Peugeot 208 for approximately £22,000, but when then electric version clocks in at £35,000 it may be an additional upfront expense that you’re unwilling to pay. Of course car financing can help offset this.
3. It’s Quiet as a Ghost
Whilst there are those who enjoy the quietness of an electric car, there are many more who find the lack of sound eerie.
There’s nothing more startling than an electric car suddenly appearing completely silently, and there’s an element of danger too. You can’t hear a car approaching from a blind corner, if it isn’t making a sound in the first place.
Fortunately, electric car manufacturers are attempting to solve this by adding artificial engine sounds to their newer cars.
4. You’re Not Gonna Go Far
In addition to their long charge times, electric cars don’t boast of a particularly large range-per-charge. A modern electric vehicle has an average range of 150-200 miles per charge. This is suitable for short commutes, with home charges throughout the week.
If you’re planning to take a longer trip however, you’re going to have to plan your journey with stops to ensure that you don’t lose charge during your trip.
5. It’s Just Not as Much Fun
Fast corners, loud engines, and gear changes. That’s what makes a fun drive. With hefty battery weight, silent running, and no gearbox – electric cars just fall short. Electric may have a greater acceleration than petrol and diesel, but that doesn’t make it fun.
If you’re just buying a car to get you from A to B, you don’t need to worry. If you want a little excitement when you drive though, it’s definitely something to bear in mind.
An electric car is what you make of it
If you’re looking for long-term savings and just want to zip around town, going electric could be the right move. Alternatively, if you’re planning long road trips and family outings you may not be ready to leave fuel behind.
If you can’t decide whether or not you want an electric vehicle, we have more information available here: Why You Should Consider an Electric Car