WHY BUY ELECTRIC?:
The next time you’re thinking about purchasing a car, consider an electric one – your purchase will significantly reduce your carbon pollution and improve local air quality. Read our blog here.
Instead of burning fossil fuels, EVs are powered by a battery, which is charged by electricity. Since electricity is becoming gradually “cleaner”, as the proportion of electricity in the national grid produced by renewables increases, switching from petrol to electric cuts your carbon footprint by two thirds.
All sales of new petrol and diesel cars are stopping from 2030, with some hybrids allowed until 2035, so it’s a question of “not if, but when?”.
A brilliant place to start is their series “Maddie goes electric“. This follows presenter Maddie learning all about electric cars and the reality of driving and charging one:
- Episode 1: Choosing your electric car (a beginner’s guide)
- Episode 2: Charging an electric car at home & locally (A beginner’s guide)
- Episode 3: Installing an electric car charger at home (A beginner’s guide)
- Episode 4: Clean Energy for your electric car (A beginner’s guide)
- Episode 5: Long journeys in an electric car (A beginner’s guide)
- Episode 6: Living with an electric car
- Summary, 20 min “super cut” version of the series
EXPLORE DIFFERENT MODELS:
Not sure what models are suitable for your needs? Use the EV Database to filter all available models by multiple filters; for example than you want a range of 200 miles, 5 seats, and a price of less than £30k.
Visit the Electric Vehicle Experience Centre in Milton Keynes to see and test drive multiple different kinds of electric vehicles.
BUY OR LEASE?:
To get a feel for what’s available secondhand these days, go onto the Autotrader website and filter by “fuel type, electric”, and give it the price and battery range you want.
Ask your employer whether they offer a salary sacrifice scheme. With Salary Sacrifice, your company leases the EV, but you pay for it with a monthly deduction from your pay – before income tax and national insurance.
UNDERSTAND ABOUT CHARGING:
Anyone thinking about an electric car is thinking about range and about charging. Range is becoming less of an issue, since cars typically have 200 miles on a single charge now.
If you have a driveway, then you can get a home charging unit, and so will only need to charge away from home when on holiday or longer trips.
Public chargers are all shown on ZapMap.
If you don’t have a driveway, it’s more of an issue. Solutions are coming, like the lamppost charging points in Camden. St Albans Council is expanding the network of public charging points, including at Westminster Lodge.