The benefits of going electric

Compared to petrol or diesel, electricity is cheap. On a cost per mile/kilometer basis this means a pure electric car could cost a third (or less) of what a traditional petrol or diesel car might cost. Plug-in hybrids efficiently combine an electric motor with a petrol or diesel engine, meaning they too can be considerably cheaper to run. To find out just how much you could save, use our Cost Calculator Model. This allows you to compare the cost of any journey between an electric and 'conventional' car. The results may surprise you.

Cheaper to maintain

A petrol or diesel engine is a complex beast, requiring many additional components to operate correctly – exhaust systems, starter motors, fuel injection systems, oil, radiators, gears … Pure electric cars, on the other hand, have just three main components – the on-board charger, inverter and motor – and fewer moving parts than cars with an internal combustion engine. This means there are less things requiring maintenance and servicing is simpler. All of which could save you money. Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) can also be cheaper to maintain than 'traditional' petrol or diesel-powered alternatives. Whilst these have a petrol engine that needs regular servicing, the electrical motor requires little maintenance due to far fewer moving parts, which leads to less wear and tear of the petrol engine component.

Better for the environment

Pure electric cars have no tailpipe emissions; in fact, they don't even have an exhaust. Plug-in hybrids have significantly lower average emissions than traditional petrol or diesel cars too. This can help improve air quality, particularly in urban areas and at the roadside where air quality can be worst. Even when taking into account the impact of generating the electricity used (the 'well-to-wheel' emissions), pure electric cars can still produce substantially lower greenhouse gases than petrol or diesel cars. These emissions will be reduced further as the countries of the world switch to more renewable and nuclear electricity generation. Over their whole lifecycle, electric cars have lower greenhouse gas emissions than ICE vehicles. Battery manufacture can be than offset by increased efficiency and emissions savings over the life of the car.

Quiet & quick

Just one journey in an electric car is all it takes to appreciate the smooth and quiet ride. The high levels of torque delivered by electric motors means that pressing the accelerator results in an almost instant surge of smooth acceleration, providing an exhilarating driving experience.

Tax savings & incentives

The Government are actively encouraging drivers to switch to electric cars and vans – which is good news for anyone considering buying a new one. The plug-in car grant provides an important discount for eligible : pure electric cars, plug-in hybrids (costing $60,000 or less); and for eligible vans. There are also generous grants available to help towards the cost of home, workplace and on-street chargepoints. There are significant tax incentives for making the switch to electric. For company car drivers the news is even better, with electric and hybrid cars emitting 50g/km of CO2 or less incurring a Benefit In Kind tax of only 9% in 2017/2018. This can represent huge savings for the driver. To discover just how much tax you could save, use our Car Tax Calculator.