Initially, electric vehicles (EVs) can be more expensive to buy however running and maintenance costs are significantly lower than that of a petrol or diesel car. In the UK, you could be eligible for a government grant of up to £3,500 (depending on the type of EV you want to buy) and there are savings on fuel costs, tax, congestion charges (where applicable), parking and car maintenance!
In line with government legislation, lots of manufacturers are getting in on the EV scene, including Hyundai and Nissan, with many more makes and models in the pipeline.
Like a lot of the aspects of EVs, this is very varied and can take anywhere between 15 minutes and 12 hours, depending on the size of the battery and the speed of the charging point you are plugged into. Most EVs are chargeable at home and this can be done overnight, however you do need off-road parking to do this. However, as more funding is awarded to electric vehicle charging projects across the UK, more technological developments are being made, such as wireless charging, to make charging more accessible and quicker for drivers.
This, again, is dependent on several factors including type of battery, charging habits and environment, or more specifically temperature. Lead-acid batteries may not even last a year whereas lithium-ion batteries, the most common battery used in EVs, could last up to 10 years! However, if you overcharge or drain the battery too much, or you live in a warmer climate, this could also contribute to degradation.
Range anxiety is definitely a thing and it is understandable that people would worry about how far they could go in an EV! Depending on the car, you could get anywhere between approximately 50 and 300 miles on a single charge, and it has just been revealed that there are over 1,000 charge points in Scotland, so you don’t need to worry about running out of charge again.