The Benefits of Driving an Electric Carby Softiex UK Softiex We love getting to know our customers when they purchase a personalised registration plate. An emerging pattern is the rising popularity of electric cars, which is accelerating due to the government bringing forward the ban on sales of new petrol and diesel cars to 2030.
There are multiple benefits that come with electric vehicles (EVs), which we’ve rounded up to help you make an informed decision the next time you’re ready to buy or lease a new car.
Better for the environment
The most obvious advantage is that electric cars are very good for the planet. Depending on the country of origin of the car’s components, an electric car will emit between 28% and 81% less CO2 than one that runs on petrol. This means a significantly lower carbon footprint whether you’re commuting to work, travelling by road for a staycation or simply driving to the supermarket and back.
Improved health for drivers and pedestrians
Substantially lower emissions are also better for our wellbeing. The more drivers that choose electric cars, the cleaner the air will become, especially in busy cities that currently have high levels of air pollution. It’s reassuring to know that our children and grandchildren will grow up in a world where the air they breathe is much cleaner than it is today.
Increased safety levels
Thanks to a lot of research and development being invested into electric cars over the last few years, engineers have managed to make them safer overall than petrol and diesel vehicles. This is made possible by a lower centre of gravity, which makes them less likely to roll over. Additional safety benefits are a lower risk of major fires and explosions occurring in the event of a collision.
Electric cars run much more quietly than petrol and diesel vehicles. This makes for a more peaceful driving experience as well as reduced noise pollution wherever you go.
One of the factors that really put off drivers from choosing electric cars in the early days of their release was that they couldn’t go very far. No one wants to find themselves stuck on the motorway without any juice, so manufacturers now ensure that most EVs can travel around 300 miles between charges. It’s anticipated that future models will be able to go further and further, perhaps eventually matching or even surpassing petrol vehicles.
Cheaper operation and maintenance
We’re sure you’ll be pleased to hear that EVs can also save you money. First of all, an electric car will travel 100 miles on around £4 of electricity, which is more cost-effective than the majority of traditional vehicles.
Also, due to containing fewer moving components, the maintenance and servicing of an EV is more affordable. The only exception is replacing the battery, although currently models have batteries that last around eight years and this could improve further as time goes on.
Tax efficiency for business owners
If you use an electric car for business purposes, there are quite a few ways that it will save you even more cash:
- The full cost of the vehicle can be deducted from pre-tax profits
- Fully electric vehicles come with no road tax
- You don’t have to pay congestion charges (the Congestion Charge Zone in London is charged at £15 a day and other cities may launch similar systems in the future)
- EV owners still pay 20% tax on the electricity their cars run on but there’s no fuel duty tax, as this only applies to petrol and diesel vehicles
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