Electric Vehicles. Thinking of going electric?

Here's what you need to know about buying your first electric vehicle.

Key facts about EV. Did you know?

Electric cars will probably be cheaper than petrol cars by 2025.

Experts predict that by 2030, every fifth new car sold around the world will be electric.

In Europe, research suggests 40-60% of car shoppers are thinking of buying an electric car.

Powering your EV. How do they work?

Instead of the 12v lead-acid batteries used in regular cars, electric vehicles use a lithium ion battery (or li-ion). They're much lighter and carry charge for much longer, making them ideal for powering cars. They're also environmentally friendly to manufacture.

Charging stations in the UK. Where can I charge my EV?

As of May 2019, there were 8250 public charging points installed in the UK and growing, whereas the number of petrol stations across the UK have fallen to a record low.

Unlike petrol stations, many of these plug-in stations can be found in places you'd normally visit like office blocks, public car parks, supermarkets and hotels.

Key benefits of electric cars

Cheaper to run

A 100-mile charge currently costs around £4 for a modern electric car compared to £14 for its fuel-burning counterpart (assuming you charge at home or at a public charging station). That's over 70% cheaper!

Cheaper to service

It typically costs about £150 to service an electric car versus £200+ to service its petrol/diesel equivalent. This 25% reduction is thanks to the reduced number of parts in electric cars that need servicing.

Greener to run

The government is investing in electric vehicles as a green initiative and is currently offering a grant of £500 off the cost of buying and installing a home-charging point to encourage people to buy EVs. See Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme for more details.

Government initiatives. How much does an electric car cost?

Because the electric battery and other parts cost more to make, it's currently more expensive to buy an EV than a regular fuel-burning car. However, a recent study predicted that electric cars will actually be the cheaper option by 2024.

Until then, the government offers plug-in grants to car makers and dealerships to reduce the price of some models by up to 35%.

Learn more about EVs. Is an electric car right for you?

Modern electric cars are cheaper to run, less harmful to the environment and can be smoother, quieter and generally nicer to drive.

If you're still thinking of going electric after reading this, take a look at our interview with Rob Cooling - an electric car driver - for more insight.

Read our interview