Oct 1, 2018 - 3min read
Over the past four years electric vehicles have become increasingly prevalent. Since 2014 the average number of EVs registered per month in the UK has risen from around 500 to roughly 4,500! If this isn’t a clear sign that EVs are growing more and more popular, we don’t know what is.
It’s an exciting time for EV owners and here at Tonik we’re thrilled to see so many people making smarter, greener choices. So for everyone out there who’s wondering if it’s time for them to make the switch from petrol or diesel to electric, here are a few of the perks of driving an EV that will (hopefully) nudge you in the right direction.
The Green Machine
The obvious appeal of driving an EV is, of course, the fact that they are better for the environment than the standard car. The main reason for this is that, by running on electricity, they do not produce any exhaust emissions. This reduces air pollution which is good for both the environment and our health.
You can make your EV even greener by powering it with renewable energy! At Tonik, we’ve just launched our EV tariff - Charge EV, designed with electric vehicle drivers in mind. (Of course there are other tariffs available, but we doubt they’re as good as ours!) You could even make your EV self-sustainable by installing solar panels to produce your own energy, store it in a battery and then use that energy to power your car.
It’s Easy Being Green
EVs are a lot less complex than their petrol and diesel counterparts. Conventional cars are made up of hundreds of different parts, all of which need servicing and eventually replacing. To run smoothly, EVs rely on a few main components which means you’ll spend a lot less time worrying about the maintenance of your car.
The most important part of an EV is the battery. Most EV batteries have a warranty of around 8 years. Not over charging or letting the battery drain will ensure it lives a long and happy life and save you from having to spend money on a new one any time soon.
Even charging your EV has been made simpler. When you’re out and about you can find charging stations easily using online maps. But of course the most convenient way to charge your EV is from the comfort of your own home. We offer the eoMINI - it’s the smallest fast charger on the market; compact and stylish, it’s available in a variety of colours, so it’s bound to look good on your home! Plus if you’re a Charge EV member, you’ll get a £40 discount. And thanks to the government’s Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) you can get a grant of up to 75% towards the cost of installing your EV home chargepoint.
It Pays To Be Green
Having an EV can actually save you money. According to one Guardian article, it is already cheaper to own and run an EV than a petrol or diesel car.
You’ll save money on fuel. The amount of electricity it takes to charge an EV costs around a third as much as buying petrol for a normal car. In fact we worked out that you could save up to £400 a year! There are some great EV tariffs around that are designed specifically for those charging their vehicles at home (did we mention Charge EV?!)
If you’re still concerned that the barrier to entry to buying an EV is too high, the Plug-In Car Grant offers purchasers £4,500 to facilitate the switch from petrol or diesel to electric. In addition to this, drivers of electric vehicles no longer have to pay road tax. And for those who use their EVs to commute, you’ll be pleased to know that they are exempt from congestion charge in London, thanks to the zero emissions. It is likely that this will apply to other cities such as Birmingham and Leeds when they introduce their Clean Air Zones (CAZ); proving yet again that EVs can be beneficial to your wallet as well as the environment.
Hopefully we’ve managed to convince you that driving an EV is a great idea, or at least given you some food for thought. If you like the idea, but need a hand in choosing an EV that’s right for you, we pulled together this handy guide to show you some of the best EVs around at the moment.