Busting the myths around electric cars – Part 2

By Anita Jaynes on 8 May, 2023

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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 second in a series of electric car myth busting articles, brought to you by EV experts ElectriX.

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

Even if I want an electric car, I’ll have to wait a year to get one

This one’s easy to answer. It depends where you look… at ElectriX we have electric cars available to lease within 30 days. So if you’re thinking of leasing, whether that’s personal contract or business hire, or via salary sacrifice scheme, look no further!

The charging infrastructure isn’t quite there yet

There are over 37,000 public chargers in the UK, plus over 300,000 home chargers and over 48,000 workplace chargers. Government has set a target of 300,000 public chargers by 2030, the date by which we will no longer be able to buy a new petrol or diesel vehicle. The latest research report from New AutoMotive and the REA (The Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology), On the Road to 2030, determines that we are on track to meet that 300,000 goal.

Here’s an interview with Ian Johnston, CEO of Osprey Charging, who sheds some light on the reassuring growth of charging infrastructure in the UK.

Charging an electric car is now more expensive than filling up with fuel 

If you do most of your charging using public charging infrastructure, it’s true that it’s not as good value as it once was. The good news is that 83% of electric car drivers say that they would still opt for an EV, in spite of rising energy costs (in a survey of almost 4,500 EV drivers). More information about the survey can be found here.

As the New AutoMotive and REA report notes, ‘more than 90% of EV drivers have access to off-street parking where they regularly charge their car’. If you can charge at home, the savings start to stack up really quickly.

I drive a Kia e-Niro, with a real-world range of 280 miles (a bit less in winter). I’m on an off-peak energy tariff, so do pretty much all my charging at home, off-peak, overnight. It costs me less than £5 to fully charge my car. I worked out that it cost me £300 to drive 12,000 miles – that’s a mix of on and off-peak charging, and some public charging thrown in for good measure. So for me, as well as being great for the environment, driving electric makes great financial sense as well.

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. 

Read part 1 of the ‘busting the myths of electric motoring series here.