Over the past two years, there has been a remarkable increase in demand for electric vehicles in the UK. According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), sales of alternatively-fuelled vehicles, including electric cars and hybrids, rose by 58% last year (2014). Due to this demand there has been an increase in the number of electric vehicle models available across the UK, with more set to be launched during 2015.
With the Plug-in grant - a government backed incentive to help fund new electric car purchases - guaranteed until 2017, buying an electric vehicle is now a tangible option for a large number of UK motorists and the cost-saving potential of an emissions-free vehicle is a real benefit.
What is an Electric Vehicle?
What are the benefits of owning an Electric Vehicle?
Who should buy an Electric Vehicle?
The key issues faced when deciding whether or not to buy an electric vehicle are:
1. Do you have access to off-street parking?
In order to be able to re-charge your vehicle overnight, you need access to your household charging point (without having to trail an electric cable across public areas, of course!). However, if you do not have access to a charging point at home, you may be able to apply for a public on-street charging point close to your home or place of business.
For charging on the go, the UK's public charging infrastructure now boasts more than 5,000 public rapid, fast and slow charging points through the country. There are various websites and apps available to help you find your local charging points, and to help you plan your charging route for longer journeys – the majority of service stations in the UK now have rapid chargers which can charge your electric vehicle from 0% to 80% in 30 minutes.
2. Is your daily mileage less than 100 miles?
For regular daily routes of less than 100 miles a day, an electric vehicle could be ideal as you will not need to stop and recharge your vehicle on route.
3. Are you looking to buy a new or nearly-new car?
Few electric cars are available on the used car market, so be prepared to pay the price, if not more, of a new or nearly new car. In general, the cost of buying an electric vehicle can be more expensive than a petrol or diesel equivalent. However, since 2011, the plug-in grants have subsidised the purchase of eligible cars and vans by 25% and 20% respectively (up to a maximum of £5,000 for cars and £8,000 for vans)
While electric vehicles may initially be expensive, the cost of running the vehicle in terms of car tax, fuel costs and congestion charges is significantly reduced.
What Electric Vans are available now?
At Loads of Vans, we stock the most popular electric vans on the market. Click on the links below to find out more:
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