The question of buying an electric or hybrid car seems less a case of if, but rather when. The non-petrol/diesel option has been surging in popularity over the last few years, a popularity that's getting closer and closer to its peak. Manufacturers are producing more and more hybrids and electrics, while the public at large are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of cars partly or totally powered by electric.
Been asking yourself "is it worth having an EV?" Let's take a look at some of these reasons in more detail to help make that decision to go green a little easier for you.
Of the reasons to buy an electric car, many of the arguments around opting for pure electrics or hybrids are centred around the environment. Traditional petrol and diesel-powered vehicles negatively impact the environment, unfortunately. Although we may be used to driving them, the amount of greenhouse gas they emit can't be ignored in this day and age.
Hybrid and electric vehicles produce far fewer emissions, minimising the effects of climate change on the environment, and improving air quality.
Lower running costs
We'll get it out of the way so you don't get there before us: yes, hybrid and electrics do have a pricier upfront cost than traditional vehicles. However, the price of petrol can hit our bank balances hard, and right now, minimising costs wherever we can is essential.
The good news is that electrics are cheaper to run than their fossil fuel alternatives since they use less or even no petrol or diesel at all. These cheaper running costs can offset the initial high price point that tends to put off detractors, so we'd highly recommend working out exactly what you'll save long-term before you dismiss buying an electric or hybrid outright.
Improved fuel economy
One of the biggest benefits of electric cars is how they can reduce fuel costs in a big way compared to petrol or diesel models. This is because their electric-drive components are highly efficient - depending on how you use your car, of course.
Let's say you go for a drive in the city that's less than 30 miles. You'll have just saved yourself a significant amount on your fuel since you can drive this distance on the hybrid's electricity alone. If you plan on mainly driving a hybrid car in the city at lower speeds, then it will usually be cheaper to run - it's a good idea to weigh up your driving style including trips you tend to make, and how often you go on them when you're considering buying a hybrid.
Electric cars, of course, require no fuel at all. Although the electricity needed to charge them obviously costs, it's far lower than the amount you'll fork out topping up at a petrol station. And there are even some free EV chargers to be found across the UK. We'd definitely recommend scoping out where your closest ones are - a free charging point is always going to sweeten the deal if you're unsure.
For further information on charging electric vehicles at home, check out our article here.
MG offers more affordable new EVs
A specific one, but if you've decided you do want a hybrid or electric car, and you're now deciding which manufacturer to go with, this reason might help with that. The MG brand has hit headlines - and won awards - for its wallet-friendly electric vehicles. In particular, their MG5 EV and MG 4 have proven to be the electric motorist on a budget's choice for a first-time EV purchase with a range of 250 and 218 miles, along with a price point starting at £26,695 and £25,995, respectively.
With the UK rolling out more rapid chargers per 100 miles than any other country, the Government has planned the Rapid Charging Fund to further increase this number with an allocated budget of £950 million. So, if you're worried about a lack of charging stations near you, then it's an issue that won't be around for much longer.
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