With climate change and CO2 emissions a real threat to air quality, governments around the globe have pledged to cut emissions as much as possible. In the UK, the ‘Road to Zero’ represents a desire for all petrol and diesel engine models to be phased out by 2040, replaced by electric and zero emissions vehicles.
In terms of cutting emissions and the benefits for the environment, absolutely. Even in terms of value for money, electric vehicles are cheaper to run, negating the need to visit petrol stations - with their fluctuating prices - on a regular basis.
In comparison to standard powertrains, electric vehicles are far more cost effective, with research from the International Council for Clean Transportation calculating that, in the UK, there is a 5% reduction in running costs.
With all-electric technology, vehicles are able to operate with zero CO2 emissions, meaning that they are clean to run without any impact on the environment.
At present, most electric vehicles are unsuited to towing a trailer. This is usually due to the weight of the battery pack - too much weight can mean components such as the vehicle’s brakes will suffer.
Electric vehicles are built using lithium-ion batteries which are able to store an electricity charge. This is then used to power the electric motor which drives the vehicle.
Depending on where you plan to charge your vehicle, you may be able to do it for free. Workplaces and public charge points often offer free charging, while rapid charge points - commonly found in motorway services stations - will require a payment.
Electric vehicles have, in essence, just one gear, making them similar to car with automatic transmission. As such, the reliability of the vehicle is enhanced, without the natural wear and tear that occurs from regular gearbox use.
Unfortunately, while some models feature regenerative charging through braking, this is not enough to charge the lithium-ion battery that powers the motor. As such, regular charging is required.
Thanks to the lack of CO2 and NOx emissions during operation, electric vehicles are a clean alternative to petrol or diesel models, therefore improving air quality.
The cost of electric cars varies from model to model, so you should liaise with a member of the team at Drift Bridge for more information.
This is very much dependent on how often and far you drive. Suffice to say that the running costs are substantially lower. Not only that, but since there are fewer mechanical components throughout the vehicle, there is less that can go wrong, meaning that repair costs will be reduced.
With the technology in electric cars becoming ever-more refined, there are plenty of reasons to purchase one. With government grants available to support your purchase, zero emissions, cheaper running costs, and no road tax, it makes financial sense as well as being an environmentally sound decision.
In a recent report by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), there are now approximately 206,000 electric cars registered on UK roads. Figures correct at the time of publication (May 2019).
Choosing the best anything is an objective exercise, so identifying the best electric car depends on your own requirements and such factors as price, range, features, safety, etc. However, with manufacturers such as Audi, Jaguar, and BMW among those with electric models in production, there are plenty of renowned names to choose from.
As more and more manufacturers are developing plug-in technology, the range of electric vehicles available is growing quickly. Models such as the Audi e-Tron, Volkswagen e-Golf, and Honda CR-V are all popular options. Simply contact the team at Drift Bridge today to learn more.
Charging your electric vehicle is relatively straightforward, with the option for using public charging points, traditional electricity outlets, and installable charge points at home all available. It’s often most affordable to charge overnight, so ensure you have easy access for charging your vehicle.