Thinking of buying an electric car?
Petrol and diesel are coming to an end – so when should you upgrade to an electric car?
Government plans to bring forward a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2040 to 2035, and outlaw hybrids too, has sparked a surge in online searches for electric cars by UK drivers.
But buying an electric car in the UK in 2020 is far more complex than stumping up the cash and plugging it in. Range, charging, tax breaks, location, your driving habits and even the weather all come into play. And with the proposed 2035 ban looming, it’s time to help make sense of it all.
How often do you drive?
If you rack up a lot of short journeys across town an electric car should suit you well, providing you put some initial groundwork into learning where your local public chargers are, and what charging speeds they offer.
You can also fit a home charging unit on your driveway, this will allow you to top up your car each night ready for the day ahead.
An element of planning is recommended on longer journeys, nowadays most navigation systems have charging stations mapped and allow you to plan your journey via these charging stations.
More and more businesses and car parks have commercial charging stations installed which allow you to stop off and top up as needed.
What tax breaks are available, and will they last?
As of February 2020, a government grant of up to £3,500 is applied to the price of a brand new low-emissions vehicle. More specifically, the grant will pay for 35 per cent of the purchase price of the vehicle, up to a maximum of £3,500.
This discount is applied by the car dealer, meaning the buyer doesn’t need to do anything to receive the grant, only vehicles approved by the government are eligible for the grant, you can view the applicable cars on the government site.
You can also receive £500 off the cost of a home charger with an OLEV charging grant, all our smart chargers have been accredited by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) meaning they qualify for both the Home Charge Grant and Workplace Charging Grant.
Can you rely on today’s charging network?
The current charging network is growing each day, with new chargers popping up in supermarket car parks, council car parks and more and more businesses now adding the facility finding your nearest charger shouldn’t be an issue.
Whilst there are many different companies running the chargers most of them accept contact-less payments via debit or credit card, which means you can drive up, pay and plug-in.
There are many different chargers out there, offering different charging rates and plugs you’ll sure to find the correct one for your vehicle.