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The benefits of electric vehicles

We have eight years to get ready for the big switchover from traditionally-fuelled motors to electric. While that’s still plenty of time to wind up the use of our petrol and diesel cars, it’s worth thinking about moving the move to electric vehicles (EV) now.

So, why make the change now? Allow us to talk you through the benefits of electric motors.

Lower costs

While the initial outlay for an EV is more expensive than for a petrol car, you’ll save in the long run. EVs are £107 cheaper on average than petrol, making them cost-effective. This makes planning your overall living budget much more straightforward as you can work out what your outgoings related to your car will be.

Additionally, government grants are available to EV users that are designed to help with the money involved in swapping over. They help with setting up home charging points and other parts of the EV changeover process.

Lower emissions

For a while, the diesel and petrol ban was set at 2035, but this was brought forward by five years and came ahead of the UN’s climate poll revealing that people support more comprehensive policies to help tackle climate change. Making the move away from damaging pollutants created by traditional car engines was high on the agenda for tackling the crisis.

Back in 2018, research by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) revealed that electric cars are better for the environment, producing less pollutants and greenhouse gases than petrol and diesel cars. Since then, we’ve seen one of the warmest years on record and the resulting levels of climate awareness ramping up.

As electric cars produce lower emissions than their petrol and diesel counterparts, making this swap now is reducing the number of traditional vehicles on the roads – and benefits the environment as a result.

Quieter

Traditional cars are noisy. Diesel motors in particular are loud, making their presence known on the roads. Electric vehicles, in contrast, are much quieter. This is because they don’t have the internal combustion engines that typical cars have.

As the pressure in the cylinder changes, standard cars make that chugging sound that we’re so familiar with. EV on the other hand run using eclectics, so the only sound you’re likely to hear is the tyres on the tarmac and the car radio.

Make plans now

While we have a few years ahead before we see the end of the production line for diesel and petrol cars, now is a good time to get used to EV. These are going to be our future and it’s worth using these years to get a feel for this way of driving.