We’re starting to see more and more electric cars on our roads, in Camden and beyond.
This is largely driven by the need to clean up our local air quality, and we will no longer be able to buy a new petrol or diesel car from 2030. But there are still lots of questions and concerns about making the switch to an electric vehicle (EV). This is the first in a series of electric car myth busting articles, brought to you by EV experts, and proud Foundation Partner, ElectriX.
Electric cars don’t go far enough
Over a third of electric cars will go for over 250 miles on a single charge, and over half will quite happily run for over 200 miles before you need to plug in and top up. The average daily mileage is less than 30 miles in the UK, and 99% of all journeys are under 100 miles, so range is really nothing to worry about. And for longer journeys, there are over 37,000 public chargers to choose from. Take a look at the handy charger map by ElectriX to see how many public chargers are near you.
ElectriX friend and EV advocate James Coates demonstrates why driving long distances in an electric car, regularly, is no problem at all.
I don’t have a driveway, so I won’t be able to charge my car
It’s true that not having off-street parking makes it more of a challenge, but there are lots of people who manage just fine without being able to charge at home. Read about Maz Shar, who has covered thousands of miles in his electric car, and has never been able to charge at home.
Community charging may also be an option if you can’t charge at home. Discover more about community charging here. Plus there are over 300 lamppost chargers in Camden, which means that many residents can charge close to home, even if they can’t have a dedicated home charger installed.
Electric cars are too expensive
LV= General Insurance research found that 45% of people are put off by the higher upfront sticker price. Whilst affordability is a key concern for most people, electric cars often work out cheaper if you look at all the costs involved. The ElectriX car comparison calculator shows that EVs can offer better value than internal combustion engine cars – especially if you can charge at home.
In other research, we found that running costs are 47% lower than petrol and diesel cars. The benefit of not having to pay Clean Air Zone charges is a big benefit for people and businesses in Camden and surrounding areas as well. Lots of people choose to lease their EV these days as well, with the benefit of manageable monthly payments and no need to be concerned about upfront cost, plus you can upgrade to a new car at the end of your lease term. Low rates of Benefit in Kind mean that business leasing and salary sacrifice schemes are becoming an increasingly popular and tax-efficient way to lease an EV.
To discover more about electric cars, leasing, home charging and insurance, head over to ElectriX. Register to download your free Ultimate Electric Car Guide.