Electric vehicles are becoming more popular every year – with UK sales increasing by 186% in 2020 compared to 2019. EV only manufacturers like Tesla are making waves in the automotive industry, and most major manufacturers now offer electric powered versions of the staple entries in their model line-up.
Benefits of Electric Vehicles
There are many benefits to electric vehicles, but fundamentally they come down to two things, they’re more economical and more ecological.
To go into further detail, fully electric vehicles:
Typically, hybrids have lower battery ranges than all-electric vehicles, and the electrical capacity is designed more to supplement gasoline driving and to help maximize fuel efficiency. Some hybrids offer an electric-only driving mode, which may only be available for low speeds and/or short ranges.
If you rely on your car for work and play, a plug-in hybrid is a good solution. It can provide clean, electric power for regular use and stand ready for that weekend road trip. You’ll also be able to drive much further than most EVs in a single day without having to find a quick-charging station.
Less Fossil Fuel Dependent: With an electric motor, a hybrid vehicle runs cleaner and needs less fossil fuel, resulting in lower emissions and less fossil fuel dependency. A consequent reduction in gasoline prices will also be seen because of this.
The simple answer would be – Yes. However to understand the complexity of electric cars requires a little more explanation. The basics of driving an electric car is more or less the same as a standard car, however there are important differences to understand.
An electric car can accelerate a lot more sharply than its petrol/diesel equivalent. This is because an electric car has full torque available from a standstill. The CVT gearing system (Continuously-Variable Transmission), by continually altering the relationship between engine speed and power transmitted to the wheels, a CVT can ensure that no more fuel/electric charge is used than is needed at any point.
Braking in an electric car is also a lot quicker, because EV’s have a regenerate braking system, which uses braking energy to recharge the battery.
Charging time varies depending on the car model and what source of charging point you are using. Each recharge costs roughly £2.50-£3, however this may cost more at peak times and depending on electricity provider. If you travel an average of 12,000 miles per annum, this equates to £300-£360 per year in electricity costs, which is significantly less than travelling the same miles using a petrol or diesel engine.
Using Government-approved, public charging points can often be free. This Government/Local Authority-backed schemes are likely to continue as an incentive to increase the use of EV’s.
Whether it’s a fully electric vehicle (BEV), a plug-in hybrid (PHEV), or a standard hybrid (HEV) you’re looking to lease, we’ll have the right vehicle for you.
Contact us today and one of our advisors will happily discuss our electric vehicle range, and what is most suitable for your needs. Alternatively if you have a specific model in mind, we’re more than happy to discuss its availability.
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