The Pros and Cons of Electric Vehicles

Published 25 October 2021
in Advice
The Pros and Cons of Electric Vehicles

Over the last 12 months, team Pike + Bambridge have all made the move towards a greener electric mobility, and we’re pleased to say it’s been (almost) a seamless process. It’s fair to say it’s new, it’s different, and consideration of your route and planning your next charging stop is now the new norm for our team.  If you're considering electric car leasing then this is the blog for you!

We won’t be looking back, and to help you with your next car decision, and consideration if electric is for you, in this blog we outline the pros and cons of moving to an electric car. 

Is this the time for you to go electric?

With the UK Government's Net Zero Strategy launched in October, the UK has a goal of being fully net zero by 2050. The transport sector is of course one of, if not the biggest focus within this strategy.  With the intended plan to have no further sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2030, now is the time to consider if your next car is electric or even hybrid.  As part of the strategy, the Government have announced a further £620 million of funding towards both vehicle grants and EV Infrastructure, including further funding for local EV Infrastructure, with a focus on local on street residential charging – now really is the time – if you can make it work.

The Pros & Cons of choosing an electric car:

Electric cars reduce emissions

With tailpipe emissions affecting pollution globally, experts say that when we have 95% of the world driving an electric car, the carbon footprint is going to be considerably less than driving a combustion engine model.

Electric cars will save you money

The average cost of using electricity over fuel is 72% cheaper, and will be applying about 3-5p per mile for electricity. One of the best comparison sites to consider what an electric car will cost you in comparison to your current petrol/diesel car is Next Green Car.

There is support from the government for all electric cars under £35,000 BLP (Basic List Price)

Currently there is a £2,500 reduction on all cars that are worth £35,000. With the extended release of funds towards zero-emission, this £2.500 discount is likely to extend well into 2022.

There are grants for Home and Commercial Charge Points

We recently wrote a blog post about the grant support available for making the move to an electric car.  Learn more about the options available to you here.

Electric cars require low maintenance

Without no need for oil changes, an electric car is going to require digital updates rather than annual service check-ins.

If you can’t go fully electric, you could consider a plug-in hybrid

We are seeing a wide range of additional vehicles become available within the Plug-In Hybrid space across all of our manufacturers. Mainly offering between 20-40 miles of electric charge, and then moving into the combustion engine, it’s a good in-between option.  Read more about this here.

Can’t access a home or work charge point?

Charging infrastructure across the UK is improving, with both the UK and Scottish Governments, and local authorities prioritising public charging stations within budgets.  There is a great network nationwide (currently 25,122) for the public to use, every day, or when on long journeys. They vary in power with the slower 7KhW found more regularly.  The best app we have found is Zap Map.  As well as mapping charge point locations it also tells you of any issues with the charger and whether it is available before you travel to it. 

How long will the car take to charge?

At this time charging your car will take longer than fuelling a petrol or diesel vehicle.  However, when going electric, it is clear it is a different way to operate and consider your mobility.  We recently wrote a blog on the variations between chargers - how long you need to charge your car for and how much it will cost.

Can we trust that all electric cars will give us the mileage they say they will?

As we get further into the world of electric, manufacturers are providing cars that meet the criteria and Real World Range that they advertise. However mileage can vary due to weather conditions, driving styles and the condition of the car. 

Electric Cars are more expensive

It is true that the cost of purchasing an electric car in general is still more expensive than a combustion engine. However it does go without saying that the battery packs in an EV are more expensive as the technology has only recently been created. Depending on your lifestyle and personal needs, the pro’s of owning an electric vehicle; with fuel savings and reduced emissions, can outweigh the expense and difference between EV and combustion. 

Summary 

There are many many variables to consider when contemplating the move to electric, and clearly there are many pros and cons right now of moving to an EV.

As a team, we are pleased we’ve made the move, and we’re excited to help you do it too. The UK currently has 300,000 pure-electric cars and 600,000 plug in-models as at May 2021; in comparison to 32.7 million petrol and diesel cars on the road.

IF you want to find out more about your options of making the move to electric, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team today.  We look forward to welcoming you to the world of electric!