Wednesday 13 December 2017

The future is electric - reasons to switch to an electric car

The world we live in is forever changing. New products and ways of life are continually being unveiled,changes that promise to overhaul and improve our lives. Old products and lifestyles are improved or scrapped in the hope of a better life. As we see great changes with the lifestyle of today being worlds apart from the lifestyle 50 years ago, heck even a decade ago, we have to adjust to our dynamic and developing world that is continually changing.

One industry that has had big changes in the past few decades and presently has ever-changing developments that will change our future is the automotive industry. Changes we have seen in the past years include leaded petrol being phased out, safety measures such as increased amount of airbags and anti-lock braking system and new technology such as smart keys, rear view cameras and car sensors. One of the biggest changes in the automotive industry in the past few years is the development and introduction of electric cars. As electric cars are becoming more prominent, so much so that NewMotion charging stations are popping up all across the UK, it seems as if the future of the automotive industry is electric.

So what are the benefits of an electric car? Why switch to electric?

As I consider whether an electric car should be our future car to complement our eco-conscious lifestyle, I have been finding out a few benefits to joining the electric car club.

* Government friendly
With the Government banning the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in the UK by 2040 and restrictions being placed on petrol and diesel cars switching to an electric vehicle is an option that currently is government friendly. With an electric car there is no worry about any restrictions. Also fully electric cars are exempt from London congestion charges.

* Running costs
The cost of running an electric car is significantly lower than filling up a petrol or diesel tank. Facts show that electric cars offer savings compared to conventional vehicles, for example a charge driving a range of around 100 miles costs around £2 to £4 in electricity whilst driving 100 miles in a petrol or diesel cost car will cost approximately £12 to £15 in fuel.

* Eco-friendly
A big incentive for those who are conscious of their impact on the environment and want to live a more sustainable lifestyle is that electric cars are considered cleaner and greener than petrol and diesel cars which produce a lot more emissions because electric cars produce zero direct emissions.

I love the idea of an electric car and it appeals to our lifestyle. As well as the reasons above, I like the fact that there are increasing numbers of charging stations across the UK and that the average electric car has a great range of around 180 miles on one charge. Hopefully our next car will be an electric car.

Do you have an electric car? Have you considered one?

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