WITH the pressure to switch to electric vehicles mounting, there’s no doubt that families and individuals alike are wondering whether it’s the right move for their lifestyle and budget.
To help make this decision, car dealership expert Brindley Group has shared some insights to know whether investing in an EV is right for you. Here’s some advice from Chris Adams, Group Operations Director at Brindley Group.
What type of driving do you do?
Like choosing between diesel and petrol, the mileage and type of driving you do will be the most important factor to consider when looking at electric cars. Electric cars are probably most suited for urban driving with lower mileage, with occasional or short motorway trips. Hybrids offer the best of both worlds in terms of fuel economy, mileage and sustainability and are well worth considering as a stepping-stone.
Weigh up the cost benefits
The upfront cost of electric vehicles is considerably more than combustion engine vehicles. However, the cost of this can somewhat be offset by at-home charging, which is cheaper per mile than both charging stations and fuel stations. What’s more, the general maintenance and tax costs of EVs are also relatively low when compared to a fuel-powered vehicle.
Accessibility for charging
When considering buying an electric car, it’s worth bearing in mind where you’ll be charging it most often. For example, if you have off street parking at your home like a driveway or garage, you can install an EV charger on your property. If you don’t have this kind of access, it’s important to do some research around public charging stations or if your place of work has on-site chargers available for use.