It’s commonplace to see an electric or at least a hybrid car every day, with over 135,000 sold in the UK, when it comes to powering the vehicles there are 50,000 public NewMotion charging stations in the UK alone.
So the infrastructure is there and growing fast, but the question is, would I ever buy one myself? Well, with any car purchase you have to look at the pros and cons, these are:
- Running costs
- Miles on a full tank
Let’s take a look below:
Electric cars come at a premium versus the conventional engine, with the Tesla S base model costing £3,000 more than a BMW M3.
Even the cheaper options are comparably expensive, with the Renault Zoe coming in at a cool £14,000, brand new. The exact same as a brand new MINI Hatch.
That being said, there are some government grants and dealership deals to be had when buying your electric car but even then you have to question if it truly represents value for money.
Miles per charge
A very valid question when it comes to purchasing an electric car and like their combustion cousin, it varies.
For instance, the previously mentioned Zoe has a range of around 130 miles (more with an upgrade), whereas the Tesla has an impressive range of between 300-400 miles depending on the model.
Without a doubt, filling an electric car is much cheaper than a petrol or diesel car.
A home charge of a small hatch would cost just £3, whereas a motorway fast charge would be nearer £6 to bring it to 80% in 30 minutes.
The difference here is that a charge is hours, not mere minutes filling your car at the station. Any long distance travel would need to incorporate stops for refills.
So it’s a question of: how much you value your time?
Electric cars have the bonus of having torque instantly available, there’s no waiting for revs to build or a turbo to take over.
Couple this with the fact that in some cases, front and back sets of wheels have a dedicated battery, then electric cars certainly can pack a punch. The Tesla S as mentioned before can reach 62mph in just 4.2s, only 0.1s slower than the £3,000 cheaper BMW M3.
The Zoe, on the other hand, reaches 62mph in 13.5s, putting it in the small diesel and 0.8ltr engine car category, where it sits quite nicely.
The limitations for electric cars are still there, but with more facilities, choice and decent figures backing them up – they are a worthy shoe-in for anyone looking for a new motor (especially the Tesla)…