Benefits of EVs
Virtually silent, instant acceleration and a low centre of gravity mean electric cars are terrific to drive and easy to operate. EVs are significantly cheaper to power than their diesel and petrol counterparts and cheaper to tax and use in cities. They have fewer moving parts and are therefore cheaper to service. EVs are also considered to be an environmentally-friendly mode of transport.
Superb Driving Experience
EVs are optimised for real-world driving in the UK and often perform better than their petrol and diesel equivalents in the 0-50 mph range. And with top speeds of around 100mph, you can put your foot down when you need to. EVs are all automatic and are extremely quiet and pleasingly smooth to drive.
Cheaper To Run & Maintain
|Per Year||Electric car
(e.g. Nissan Leaf)
|City Car Petrol
(e.g. Vauxhall Corsa)
|Family Car Diesel
(e.g. Ford Focus)
(e.g. Mini Cooper S)
|Fuel costs per 12k miles||£360||£1,550||£2,000||£2,300|
(12 London trips)
|Total cost per year||£510||£1,980||£2,505||£2,905|
|Price per mile||£0.04||£0.17||£0.21||£0.24|
Better for the Environment
There are many environmental benefits of going electric. Most obviously EVs eliminate localised pollution from personal transport and on a grander scale they positively contribute towards slowing down global warming when charged with electricity from renewable sources. There is also a growing market and opportunity for old EV batteries as the world prepares for an electric future.
Electric cars produce zero emissions. By switching to an electric car you will improve local air quality as fuel pollution causes respiratory problems, particularly in cities. The UK Government has pledged to ban the sale of new diesel and petrol cars by 2040 “because of the damage they are doing to people’s health and the planet”.
Based on Nissan Leaf combined rating of 29 kWh/100mi.
Source: DEFRA (emission factors), EPA (ratings), IPCC. Copyright: shrinkthatfootprint.com