Busting the myths around electric cars – Part 1

By Anita Jaynes on 30 March, 2023

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Gill Nowell, Head of EV Communications for LV= General Insurance and Electrix

We’re starting to see more and more electric cars on our roads, in South West England and beyond. This is largely driven by the need to clean up our local air quality, and we will no longer be able to buy a new petrol or diesel car from 2030. But there are still lots of questions and concerns about making the switch to an electric vehicle (EV). This is the first in a series of electric car myth busting articles, brought to you by EV experts ElectriX.

Electric cars don’t go far enough

Over a third of electric cars will go for over 250 miles on a single charge, and over half will quite happily run for over 200 miles before you need to plug in and top up. The average daily mileage is less than 30 miles in the UK, and 99% of all journeys are under 100 miles, so range is really nothing to worry about. And for longer journeys, there are over 37,000 public chargers to choose from. Take a look at our handy charger map to see how many public chargers are near you. 

ElectriX friend and EV advocate James Coates demonstrates why driving long distances in an electric car, regularly, is no problem at all

I don’t have a driveway, so I won’t be able to charge my car

It’s true that not having off-street parking makes it more of a challenge, but we know lots of people who manage just fine without being able to charge at home. Read about Maz Shar, who has covered thousands of miles in his electric car, and has never been able to charge at home. 

Community charging may also be an option if you can’t charge at home. Discover more about community charging here

Electric cars are too expensive

LV= General Insurance research found that 45% of people are put off by the higher upfront sticker price. Whilst affordability is a key concern for most people, electric cars often work out cheaper if you look at all the costs involved – especially if you can charge at home. We found that running costs are 47% lower than petrol and diesel cars. 

Lots of people choose to lease their EV these days as well, with the benefit of manageable monthly payments and no need to be concerned about upfront cost, plus you can upgrade to a new car at the end of your lease term. Low rates of Benefit in Kind mean that business leasing and salary sacrifice schemes are becoming an increasingly popular and tax-efficient way to lease an EV.

To discover more about electric cars, leasing, home charging and insurance, head over to ElectriX. We’re here to help. Register to download your free Ultimate Electric Car Guide

Written by Gill Nowell for ElectriX.