Electric Vehicles will definitely play a major part in the future of car travel...
What is an Electric Vehicle?
An Electric Vehicle (EV) is a vehicle that is powered either partially or completely by electricity.
Why drive an Electric Vehicle?
Although the upfront cost of buying or leasing an EV is often more than their petrol or diesel counterparts, taking into account their whole life costs, EVs often work out cheaper.
For example, EVs typically cost £2-3 to fully charge for a range of up to 100 miles whilst an equivalent petrol or diesel car costs £9-13 to drive 100 miles.
Imagine how much fuel money driving an EV could save you!
Driving an EV means that you contribute to improved air quality and cause lower noise pollution.
Plug-in vehicles charging from the UK’s National Grid emit considerably less carbon dioxide per mile travelled than petrol or diesel models. Even considering the emissions associated with manufacture, electric cars and vans are less environmentally damaging than their equivalent petrol and diesel models.
Driving using electric power does not produce local air pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter, which contribute to poor air quality and increase rates of heart and lung disease, cancer and asthma.
Did you know?
The government offers grants towards the cost of purchasing a new electric (plug-in) car, van or motorcycle, which could save you up to £8,000 when purchasing an EV. The amount of the grant depends on which category the vehicle is in. The Plug-in car, motorcycle and van grants scheme covers:
- 35% of the cost of a car, up to a maximum of £3,500
- 20% of the cost of a van, up to a maximum of £8,000
- 20% of the cost of a motorcycle, up to a maximum of £1,500
The ‘cost’ is the full purchase price you pay for the basic vehicle - including number plates, vehicle excise duty and VAT.
It doesn’t include delivery charges, the first registration fee or any optional extras.
Click here to find out more details about eligibility and how to claim your grant.