Many of us would like to switch to an electric vehicle but don't believe the range and charging infrastructure is good enough yet. The government and communities have made various pledges for clean air and climate action which both require transport to be replaced with electric vehicles but the transition has been slow. Car companies are starting to produce viable models, however some of the best selling petrol/diesel cars such as the Ford Fiesta still don't have electric equivalents.
Great progress has been made in the last couple of years meaning you don't need to consider an EV that doesn't go at least 160+ miles, some can save over £1000/year on fuel and a government grant can get up to £3,500 off the purchase.
Here is a summary of some of the best models in their price and mileage range worth considering.
Note that the price, miles and charge are for guidance only, check the latest details with manufacturers. More information on public chargers can be found on ZapMap.
Currently only 1.8% (*Vehicle Sales) of new car sales are electric but they need to reach 100% as fast as possible. The average car life is just over 8 years (*lifetime) so it would then take about 8 years to replace the entire UK vehicle fleet. This means communities with carbon neutral targets for 2030 need all new car sales to be electric by 2021 if the transport sector - the largest green house gas emitter (*Emissions by Sector) - is to be compliant.
There is one thing missing from enabling this goal - charging points. Many people do not have off-road parking where they can install their own charger and reliably charge overnight. Therefore chargers need to be installed on residential streets but also at all common destinations, at train stations, offices, shopping centres, anywhere people go so they do not have to make a special trips just to charge.
This needs a huge initiative ahead of the car sales to give potential buyers reassurance they will always be able to charge. Assuming 3 cars can share each charging point (<8 hours charging each per day) that would eventually mean over 10 million chargers nationwide are needed for the 38.4 million registered vehicles (*Vehicle Sales). This doesn't have to be prohibitively expensive. There are companies that will pay to get planning permission and install the charger then split the profits from the charging income with the land owner.
Contact us if you are interested in installing a charger or making a plan to switch your vehicles.
*Vehicle Sales, Department for Transport https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/812253/vehicle-licensing-statistics-january-to-march-2019.pdf
*lifetime, *Emissions by sector, Department for Transport
*Corsa Savings, Vauxhall https://www.vauxhall.co.uk/going-electric/knowledge-hub.html assuming 12,000 miles per year
*Ford Fiesta Emissions, Ford https://www.ford.co.uk/content/dam/guxeu/uk/documents/price-list/cars/PL-Fiesta.pdf