Is it time to go electric?

The pandemic has thrown challenges to every industry, but finally with the vaccination roll out well under way there is light at the end of the tunnel for many businesses that have had to close their doors once again. Adults over the age of 50 are now due to be vaccinated by the end of April and with this expectation we can only hope that life will be back to a new kind of normal from late spring.

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Car sales reports released this month have indicated that February looks to be less promising than the industry had expected for this period in both new and used car sales. With the economy shrinking in 2020 and lower retail sales nationwide, these findings are perhaps of no surprise. Electric car sales however are predicted to gain market share and pure electric car sales are the only type of new car to have seen growth.

If you are considering buying an all-electric vehicle, here are some of the reasons as to why swapping to electric could be a good choice.

Environment & Pollution

As the pandemic hit the globe many urban areas saw a dramatic reduction in air pollution with some cities seeing a reduction of between 33% and 50%. After seeing the difference this has made in cities it has made many people very aware of the impact they have on the environment and what they can do to reduce their carbon footprint. As fuel combustion is one of the largest contributors, switching to an electric vehicle will help reduce air pollution.

Cost

Although an electric vehicle won’t be cheaper to buy than any other comparative vehicle, it will save you money in running costs. Compared to other petrol and diesel vehicles, electric cars are extremely cheap to run, in addition they also enjoy a zero rate of road tax. Maintenance costs are also cheaper as electric cars have fewer moving parts and therefore require less servicing and maintenance. You could also benefit from tax incentives (visit the Gov.uk website for further details), or even special government grants. If the cost of a brand new electric vehicle seems too pricey, you may want to consider buying second hand. Why not look for a used Mercedes Benz B-Class, or a Hyundai Kona, there are plenty of different makes and models to choose from. Visit the AA website for more information: https://www.theaa.com/used-cars/electric

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Better driving

Although it’s hard to imagine, you’ll notice four main advantages when driving an electric vehicle. The electric motor provides instant torque, resulting in high and responsive acceleration giving you power at your fingertips. Next is regenerative braking. This means when you ease off the accelerator, the energy is fed back into the battery which adds to the car’s efficiency. Another advantage is that because the batteries are normally stored in the floor of the car, weight and balance are excellent, resulting in brilliant handling, comfort, and safety.

Finally, and maybe, we’re saving the best to last, they are so quiet. So much so that the quietness really does make your driving experience more comfortable and relaxing.