Top 4 benefits of electric car ownership in 2023


January 16, 2023
Advice, Automotive
Editorial


There was a time not so long ago when electric cars were seen as something of a joke by many serious petrolheads. The gag was that they were underpowered, couldn’t run very far without running out of charge, and were somewhat “less than” their conventional compatriots.

Lower maintenance

A major fear for many drivers is needing an emergency repair or coming out of their service/MOT to be greeted by a hefty bill. Due to electric cars having far fewer parts, maintenance can be up to 50% less and electric car insurance is much cheaper as a result. As electric cars are generally newer, they are also less likely to fail. There is still going to be maintenance and breakdowns will happen, but most breakdown vehicles are now equipped with mobile charging points and if there’s a problem, it will probably be cheaper to solve.

Better for the environment

Of course, one of the most obvious benefits to an EV is their reduced impact on the environment, both emissions and in terms of noise pollution. It’s thought that every electric car on the road in place of a petrol or diesel car saves around 1.5 million grams of CO2 as there is no tailpipe to emit fumes. The emissions created during electric car production tend to be higher but as the technology around lithium batteries continues to involve, this will be reduced over time.

Future-proof

With traditionally fueled vehicles being phased out thanks to the production ban coming in 2030, investing in an electric car now can help you prepare for the future and adapt to this new way of travel before it’s mandatory. When that time comes, it’s also likely that many companies will increase the price of their electric vehicles, so you’d be wise to get in on the ground floor ASAP.

Cheaper to run

With the cost of fuel still high, many drivers are struggling to fill their tanks. But EV cars can be charged for a fraction of what a full tank of petrol would cost. In fact, it costs on average around £15 to fully charge an electric car and you could get at least a few hundred miles out of it on that charge depending on the battery size of your vehicle. Over the course of a year that could be hundreds of pounds worth of savings.

Disadvantages

Of course, there are always going to be drawbacks to going electric. For example, you’re going to have fewer choices, as there are fewer electric cars on the market than traditional cars. It can also take time to charge your car, so if you’re pulling into a motorway service station to fill up, you’ll need to take a coffee break while you wait for your car to charge. There is also no electric car that can drive as far on a full tank as even a car with a 1-litre engine. But we are still in the early days and things will only get better.