The motoring world is going electric and it’s about time. Not only are electric cars that much better for the environment than their petrol-hungry forebears, but they are cheaper to run, safer to drive and are becoming increasingly affordable. For many, however, buying electric cars is still quite an alien concept. However, as long as you know where to look and what to look for, taking your first steps into the world of clean and surprisingly nippy transportation shouldn’t be too stressful.
Electric or Hybrid?
An all-electric car only has one motor, driven by an electric charge, whereas a hybrid car supplements this motor with a combustion engine, with the two able to be switched too either automatically or at will. Electric cars might be cheaper to run, but they also have a greatly reduced range, so if you are going to be doing mainly city driving, all-electric might be the way to go. If you do a lot of commuting and live in a more rural area, meanwhile, a hybrid would always be the safer option.
First or Secondhand?
It might surprise you to know that there is actually a rather strong market for secondhand electric cars. As more cars enter the market, it’s only natural that more would be sold on. So, whilst you might not find a brand new Tesla on most middle-of-nowhere secondhand dealers, if you stick with reputable secondhand dealers like Unbeatable Car, you might just be able to find yourself a genuine bargain.
Charging at Home
One of the primary benefits of electric cars is that they can be charged from any domestic socket. However, you’ll want to make sure your circuits have been checked by a qualified electrician before doing so, otherwise, you run the risk of damaging your electric motor. You can get a charging point installed at home and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles is offering grants towards them to offset the cost. Indeed, OLEV is currently willing to cover up to 35% of the cost of any electric car, so that’s certainly something to consider.
Tax-Free – Electric cars are currently completely exempt from tax as tax rates are based on emissions and electric cars are zero emission.
Boot Space – Electric car batteries are very large indeed, which means electric cars often suffer when it comes to boot space.
Enjoy the Silence – The lack of sound might take a lot of getting used to, but you’ll grow to love it in time. Take it slow at first though, because, without the sonic reinforcement, you might not realise just how fast that you’re accelerating!
Range Life – The average all-electric car can travel for around 150 miles on a full charge, so if you’re going for a long drive, make sure there is a charge point somewhere along the way.