Initially, electric vehicles (EVs) can be more expensive to buy, however, running and maintenance costs are significantly lower than that of a petrol or diesel car. In the UK, you could be eligible for a government grant of up to £3,000 (depending on the type of EV you want to buy) and there are savings on fuel costs, tax, congestion charges (where applicable), parking and car maintenance! It has also been revealed that drivers could save £41,000 by switching to an EV!
In line with government legislation, lots of manufacturers are getting in on the EV scene, including Nissan, Volkswagen and Hyundai, with many more makes and models in the pipeline.
Like a lot of the aspects of EVs, this is very varied and can take anywhere between 15 minutes and 12 hours, depending on the size of the battery and the speed of the charging point you are plugged in to. Most EVs are chargeable at home and this can be done overnight, however you do need off-road parking to do this. As more funding is awarded to electric vehicle charging point projects across the UK, more technological developments are being made, such as wireless charging, to make charging more accessible and quicker for drivers.
This, again, is dependent on several factors including type of battery, charging habits and environment, or more specifically temperature. Lithium-ion batteries, the most common battery used in EVs, can last up to 10 years!
Range anxiety is definitely a thing and it is understandable that people would worry about how far they could go in an EV! Depending on the car, you could get anywhere between approximately 50 and 300 miles on a single charge, and it has been revealed that there are more electric vehicle charge points than petrol stations in the UK, so you never have to worry about range issues again.