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Make way for an electric car

As COP26 rolls out, we must consider our own environmental impact. Cars account for 18% of UK emissions. To reach net zero by 2050, the sale of new petrol and diesel cars will be banned from 2030, followed by hybrid cars from 2035. This makes way for the electric cars. Are you planning to buy an electric car?  

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Driving away

The electric car market is growing quickly, with over 300,000 pure-electric cars over 600,000 hybrids cars on our roads. The good news is that in September 2021 electric cars (plug-in & plug-in hybrids) increased by 46,605 – a record month.

The Pros of electric cars

  • Zero emissions with no exhaust emissions. However, by charging an electric car, you’re using the National Grid (it’s not all solar & wind power). There are gas power stations.
  • Fuel savings is a big winner, with over £1,000 per year (if driving 8,000 miles per year).
  • Maintenance savings due fewer moving parts. Warning: battery issues can be expensive if not covered by the warranty.
  • Tax benefits as electric cars are tax free. At least £140 a year when compared with a petrol or diesel car.
  • Noise reduction means the motors generally make a whoosh sound, in addition to wind and tyre noise.
  • Acceleration is fast, as power is delivered instantly to the wheels.

 The Cons of electric cars

  • Range worries, as most electric cars can range just over 200 miles.  Great for everyday use but a big journey is a struggle.
  • Charging points is linked to range. The number has increased, but the charging infrastructure has a long way to go.
  • Charging time can be a problem. A wall charger at home will deliver between 15-30 miles of charge per hour. A 3-pin socket will deliver 7.5 miles of charge per hours.
  • Electric car prices are expensive, so it going to take a long time to make that money back from the fuel and tax savings.
  • Driving maybe an issue for some, as the battery weight means that electric cars often feel heavy and sluggish in corners.

The climate experts will continue to talk in Glasgow in finding ways to limit global warming and emissions to reach net-zero by 2050. The clock is ticking for the majority of us; we will be driving electric cars within 15 years, so let’s get used to it.

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Date: 01 November 2021 by max robinson