The electric car is already a well-known reality in the UK’s car parks. These vehicles are gaining ground monthly, compared to sales of cars with combustion engines. For this reason, we will analyse the advantages of electric cars compared to traditional gasoline or diesel vehicles in this article. This information will help you decide if you are considering buying an electric vehicle.
Fully electric cars emit no polluting gas emissions during operation, so if we are concerned about the environment, this is a great advantage to consider.
Less mechanical breakdowns
By dispensing with a traditional engine and a traditional clutch gearbox, breakdowns of a mechanical nature are practically none. An electric car uses very few elements in motion, so few are exposed to wear and tear.
Almost non-existent maintenance
Beyond wearable elements such as brakes or tires, maintenance of an electric car is reduced to checking the status of the batteries and electric motors every so often. You can say goodbye to changing filters, lubricants, and various fluids.
Logically, the electric car does not consume any fuel, so we should not go to fill the tank or worry about fuel consumption. This represents a significant saving in fuel since you can charge the electric car overnight in the garage and with an expense equivalent to approximately £1.30/100 miles.
In addition to lower maintenance costs, lower energy costs and enjoying reduced rates in public car parks, electric vehicles have various tax advantages.
The main one is that electric cars are exempt from paying registration tax. A notable saving, now this tax has risen.
No congestion charge
In many towns, electric vehicle owners enjoy discounts on congestion charges. Some regions are introducing Clean Air Zones with fees designed to deter polluting vehicles from entering specific areas.
A leading benefit of driving an electric car is being exempt from these payments.
Electric vehicles also do not pay or are legible for discounts at some tolls.
In many cities, public parking rates are discounted for EVs, and chargers in public parking spaces are also available at a discounted price.
In some municipalities, electric cars are exempt from restrictions when parking anywhere, including on parking metres and can park free without a time limit.
There are government grant schemes that help drivers economically when they make a switch to driving electric cars. The government grants provide financial help with EV charging points at residential and commercial locations.
Comfortable and relaxed driving
Not emitting noise or constantly changing gears represents a relaxed experience when spending many hours behind the wheel, especially in urban traffic.
When easing off the accelerator, EVs have more responsive acceleration and regenerative braking.
They tend to have a lower centre of gravity than traditional cars, which enhances handling, comfort, and safety.
Advantageous financing conditions
In addition to government incentive programs, the car manufacturers themselves offer attractive financing conditions for purchasing an electric car. This way, buying this type of vehicle is encouraged while making it more affordable for those who need a car.