In spite of the dramatic decline in petrol and diesel vehicle registrations in the UK in 2020, BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) registrations rose by 185.9%, and this is just the start of the electric vehicle boom. 2021 is set to be another record-breaking year for EV (Electric Vehicle) sales in the UK. The market share of BEVs increased from 1.6% in 2019 to 6.6% in 2020, and this isn’t expected to slow down any time soon. The charging infrastructure in the UK is expanding rapidly and the number of EVs to choose from is continuing to grow. Here are 5 reasons why you should go electric this year.
One of the main reasons why people choose to purchase an electric vehicle is down to how environmentally friendly they are compared to petrol and diesel vehicles. The UK government recently pledged to ban all new petrol and diesel vehicle sales from 2030 in a bid to help achieve their net-zero goal by 2050. Upon their mass adoption, EVs, as they produce no carbon dioxide emissions when driving, will assist in reducing dangerously high CO2 levels in towns and cities across the UK.
Who doesn’t love saving money? Depending on the number of miles you drive each year, EVs can save you hundreds, if not thousands of pounds each year in ever-fluctuating fuel costs. Whether you charge your car from the comfort of your own home or hook it up to a public charger, you are guaranteed to save money. The average fuel savings based on the typical UK driver who clocks up 7,600 miles a year is a whopping £858! You can read more about this here.
Everyone wants a car that’s nice to drive, right? Well, look no further. EVs not only offer a smooth and silent ride but can also offer exceptional performance with instant torque and rapid 0-60 figures. You would find yourself paying a premium for eye-watering speeds of course, but lower-priced EVs offer decent enough performance to match that of their ICE equivalents. Range, or the number of miles you can go between charges, is also constantly improving and you don’t always have to pay a high price for this. For example, take the Hyundai Kona Electric. This Korean SUV claims you can drive up to 278 miles on a single charge while still weighing in at a reasonable £29,900 (including government grant).
Cheaper Maintenance Costs
An ICE vehicle is powered by lots of moving parts that wear and need replacing over time. These parts can be pretty expensive to replace, especially if they need replacing on a regular basis. There is also oil to worry about. Luckily, EVs have a more simple motor with less moving parts. As a result, the battery pack and motor require less maintenance, reducing costs over time.
Selection of Different EVs
There are set to be plenty of new and exciting EVs hitting the market in 2021, which follows on from an impressive year in 2020. You’re sure to find an EV that’s perfect for you as the selection of different EVs has never been greater. Affordable options are becoming more readily available and boasting increasingly impressive range figures. So, is this the year you buy an electric car?
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