As electric vehicles become increasingly popular and affordable, it’s important to have a good understanding of the benefits and limitations of this type of vehicle. In this guide to electric vehicles, we’ll take a look at everything you need to know to make an informed decision about whether an electric car is right for you.
Perhaps the most significant advantage is that they produce zero emissions, making them much better for the environment than traditional petrol or diesel vehicles. This is particularly important in light of the global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change.
Electric cars can be cheaper to run than traditional cars, as they require less maintenance and can be charged at a much lower cost than filling up a fuel tank.
Another benefit of electric cars is that they can be very quiet and smooth to drive due to electric motors not having the same vibrations and noise associated with internal combustion engines. Electric vehicles can provide instant torque, which means that they can accelerate quickly and smoothly making them a lot of fun to drive!
One concern that many people have about electric cars is the range. While it’s true that some electric cars have a more limited range than traditional vehicles, this is becoming less of an issue as battery technology improves.
In fact, some newer electric cars – such as the Mustang Mach E - can travel up to 300 miles on a single charge, which is more than enough for most people’s daily needs. With a growing network of public charging stations and the ability to charge at home, range anxiety is becoming less of a concern for electric vehicle owners.
There are aspects of electric vehicles that it is worth considering before you make a purchase. One potential drawback is the initial cost of the vehicle itself. While prices are coming down, electric cars can still be more expensive than traditional vehicles, but it’s worth considering the long-term savings on fuel and maintenance costs, especially with the impending ban on petrol and diesel vehicles.
Another area of consideration is the availability of charging stations, particularly in more remote areas. While the number of charging stations is growing rapidly, it’s still important to plan ahead when taking longer road trips.
Charging times can also vary depending on the type of charger, with some taking several hours to fully charge a vehicle. Our electric vehicle charging guide will help you understand more about charging your EV and how to do it efficiently.
If you’re interested in purchasing an electric vehicle, you will also need to consider your budget and whether an electric car is a financially viable option for you. It’s important to think about the range you need for your daily commute and any longer trips you may take.
It’s worth researching the different types of charging stations close to you and on your regular routes available, as well as the costs associated with charging your vehicle to see if it is a viable option.
If fully electric doesn’t fit into your lifestyle at this time, you could consider the hybrid Kuga PHEV, which gives you the combination of an electric and traditional engine, lowering your CO2 emissions while improving your MPG.
Overall, electric vehicles offer a range of benefits that make them an attractive option for many drivers. With their zero emissions, quiet and smooth driving experience, and lower running costs, electric cars are a great choice for those looking for a more sustainable and cost-effective way to get around, but there are considerations on whether an electric vehicle is a good fit for your lifestyle and budget.
At our dealership, we offer a range of electric vehicles to suit different needs and budgets. Our knowledgeable sales team can help you find the right vehicle for you and answer any questions you may have about owning an electric car, and we can give you further insight on the upcoming release of the electric Ford Explorer.
We can also provide advice on the different types of charging stations available and how to make the most of your vehicle’s range.
If you’re interested in purchasing an electric vehicle from one of our dealerships, please do get in touch.