Electric cars have exploded in popularity in recent years, now coming in various models like hybrid, plug-in hybrids or full electric. Soon we will be ditching our petrol and diesel engines for good, in favour of a greener alternative. The number of electric vehicles registered each year continues to grow rapidly, with growth rates approaching 74% in 2020 alone. With electric vehicles gaining popularity and becoming available in new styles like minivans, family cars, hatchbacks and so on, there is now an electric car suitable for everyone. If you are considering buying an electric car, there are a few things you should consider before making a purchase decision.
There will undoubtedly be a period of adjustment as you become used to driving and owning an electric car. Electric cars are much simpler than petrol and diesel cars, as there is no fuel needed to power the vehicle, or pipes which can clog or an engine which can overheat. Electric cars are much lower maintenance, but they do require battery care and software care. Most manufacturers agree you should get at least 100,000 miles out of your car. You should also keep your cars software up to date and never ignore system warnings. Be mindful of looking after your vehicle, charging it correctly and avoiding overuse as this can help mitigate against general wear and tear problems down the road.
The resale value of electric cars is still quite unchartered territory, however electric cars are set to rise in value as they become more desired and the second hand market continues to grow. Whilst mileage will still be a factor, battery health is of a much greater importance. Whilst all cars are subject to value depreciation as they are used, affordable electric vehicles are currently in high demand so if you need to sell your electric car and it is in good condition, it should quickly sell.
Charging is of course the biggest difference between electric and non electric vehicles. Charging points are always popping up across the UK. Between 2016 and 2020, there was a sharp 220% increase in the number of public charging points. As technology has developed, you can now charge your car at slow, fast or super fast stations. This eliminates long waiting times, as a full slow charge can take up to 12 hours.
Whilst public charging facilities are getting better, you will never be able to beat having a charging point at home. Being able to charge at home means you can simply plug in your car after a day of work and let it charge whilst you relax. Charging a car overnight also is a huge plus, allowing you to wake up to a fully charged car.
Charging points, particularly those offering fast or super fast charges, can become quite busy, particularly during peak times. It is not uncommon to have to wait in line for access to a charging point, if all bays are being used. You also must consider the cost involved to charge.
Whilst charging is much cheaper than filling your car with petrol, it can be ever more cost effective to charge at home. Installing a charging point involves a one time cost, which you will quickly make back throughout your time owning an electric car. This means you don’t have to waste your time or money charging whilst out and about.
With electric vehicles becoming the new normal, having an at home charging point also adds value to your home if you ever decide to move. Owning an electric vehicle without an at home charging point would make charging your car a lot more hassle than it needs to be, preventing you saving money.
If you’d like to learn more about the benefits and the options available, Aspect’s expert electricians are specialists in EV charger installation and have created a comprehensive article answering your burning questions surrounding buying electric.