Electric cars will eventually dominate our roads as petrol/diesel vehicles are phased out. What factors should be considered when deciding to switch, and is now a good time to buy an electric car?
There are numerous factors to consider when considering switching to an electric car:
Perhaps the main consideration is whether it is affordable, with each person’s financial situation unique.
New electric cars remain an expensive option for a number of reasons. Brand-new electric cars cost from £17,500, although the average is just over £44,000.
There are, however, more used cars becoming available for sale at significantly reduced prices. Grants and financing are available to reduce the initial outlay, so you should take this into account when working out affordability.
2. Access to charging points
There are around 25,000 charging locations in the UK, so something to consider is how close you are to at least one of these or whether you can potentially install one on your property. This latter option depends on suitability and eligibility.
Electric vehicles are already able to cover hundreds of miles from each charge; however, a consideration you should make is the range you would need based on your current driving patterns. If you are regularly driving very long distances, you may want to wait for this area to improve further.
Other eco options
Other ‘green’ technologies are equally as popular, with solar panels becoming more commonplace. If you are considering solar panels for your property, there are several companies with experienced solar panel installers Avonmouth. Solar panel installers in Avonmouth can provide guidance/advice and – of course – installation services.
In conclusion, if you can afford it and if the range limits are not prohibitive to you, buying an electric car is a great idea. They are cheaper to run and eco-friendly. Conversely, there is no real harm in waiting for further developments that could reduce costs and improve charging options. Alternatively, you could look at leasing or at buying a used electric car to keep costs down.