The future is electric: pros and cons of electric vehicles

Since the government announced that all petrol and diesel cars will be banned from sale in 2030, it seems the UK is getting used to the idea of electric cars. As of August 2021, sales of Battery Electric Vehicles (BVE’s) has surpassed sales of diesel cars for the third month in a row. Sales saw a 32.2% increase in pure electric vehicles in the UK, compared to August 2020.

We understand that the move from cars as we know them to electric cars will be tricky for some. Below we have outlined some pros and cons of buying an electric vehicle in 2021.

They run on renewable energy

Electric cars can be powered naturally with renewable energy sources like solar, wind and water power. It is also cheaper than running a car on petrol, typically costing one-third of the cost of a petrol vehicle to run. Most vehicles use regenerative braking to add to the energy the car needs to run. Since you’re most likely to charge your car at home, you can save even more money by having solar panels installed on the property to power both your BEV and your home. At Thrift Energy, we’re big on renewable energy sources, which is why we’re always wanting to be first in line if you’re searching for air source heat pump installers.

They have a shorter range

Work is constantly being done to improve the range electric cars have, but they currently get between 60 and 100 miles on a full charge. Compare that to a car that can go for up to 400 miles and suddenly a BEV seems a bit feeble. On top of that, charging the batter of an electric vehicle can sometimes take up to 20 hours depending on the model. Having a charging station in your garage makes owning an EV more manageable, but it just isn’t as convenient as a petrol station.

Government grants

In the UK, the Government is offering a selection of grants to encourage people to buy electric vehicles. These grants will not only support the cost of purchase, but will also help you save money when installing a charging station at home or work. Zero-emission cars are also completely exempt from road tax because they’re so good for the environment.

Charging stations are hard to find

An electric vehicle is a great choice if you live in an area where charging stations are convenient, but what happens when you go on a road trip somewhere more remote? Until charging stations are more accessible across the country, an electric vehicle won’t be a viable option. As more and more people buy electric cars, more investment will be made into electric car infrastructure.

The future is electric, there’s no denying that. Whether 2021 is the year you decide to embrace electric vehicles is up to you.

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