Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Your guide to switching to an electric vehicle in 2021

With electric vehicles paving their way into the mainstream market, they have proven to be very popular amongst drivers and as a result, many have been encouraged to make the switch. Electric cars are powered by an electric motor. The power comes from a battery which stores energy.

But what makes an electric vehicle so good? Here are 7 reasons why you should consider switching to an electric vehicle in 2021.

Cost Effective

The initial cost of an electric vehicle can be comparable to most petrol and diesel cars. However, it is the cost of running your electric car which is significantly lower. With no engine to manage and fewer parts to wear down, an electric car can be easier to maintain. The price of diesel and petrol is also a lot higher than the cost of electricity.

Unlike diesel and petrol vehicles, there are incentives to buying an electric car The government offer these in the forms of grants and schemes. These are offered by the government in the hopes of encouraging people to acquire zero-emissions transport.

High Range Mileage

One of the biggest concerns people express about electric vehicles (EV) is the worry that your car may not reach its destination due to running out of battery. Luckily, electric cars can actually get you a long way. It is important to not think of your electric vehicle as being “different” from your old car. You probably wouldn’t hesitate to leave the house if you didn’t have a full tank of petrol or diesel. The same should go for your electric car. With EV on the rise, more charging stations are available in service stations across the country. Even better, if you have a charging station at home you can avoid fuel stations all together.

Beneficial To the Environment

One of the attractive benefits of switching to an EV is how beneficial it is for the environment. With zero tailpipe emissions, a fully EV is overall greener and cleaner. If more of the population opt for vehicles with zero emissions, it can help the country move towards sustainable, renewable sources of energy as greenhouse gases will be reduced.

Easy Charging

Typically, an electric car can take up to eight hours to fully charge. Like you would top up your car with petrol, or diesel, the same can be done with an EV. You don’t always have to commit to a full charge and this can be done overnight or when you go to work.

More and more businesses are choosing to invest in fleet charging each day. If the company you work for have a large fleet of on the road, then to boost their green credentials they can opt to have charging facilities around their land. Not only is this great as it encourages their staff to adopt a zero emissions approach to commuting, it can also help promote a greener and healthier world for our futures.

A More Enjoyable Driving Experience

Many people notice when driving their first EV, that it is a lot quieter than a petrol or diesel car. This can help to create a more relaxing and comfortable experience for the driver. One of the reasons why EV’s are seen as a lot of fun to drive it because they can achieve instant torque. This means that as soon as your foot hits the accelerator you are given an instant surge of speed.

The location of your battery in your EV will most likely be placed in the floor of your car. The reason why this is beneficial to you is that it will provide excellent balance and weight distribution. Soon, handling around corners are curves will become effortless. Some could argue that there is nothing better than gliding around the roads in a car that is comfortable, reliable and quiet.

Ever-Growing Range

With electric cars proving more popular by the minute, the range of them continues to span outwards. Although there are some electric cars out there which can prove to be quite expensive, there is sure to be something out there that will fit around your budget. It is important to take in the fact that you will benefit from low-running costs as mentioned previously.

Electric vehicles can be broken down into five different types.

Battery Electric Vehicle

Otherwise known as a pure electric vehicle, this type of EV uses electricity stored in a battery pack to power the motor of the vehicle. This type of EV uses an external outlet to charge the battery. A battery electric vehicle earns extra green points than other EV’s as they do not create any harmful emissions that could be hazardous to the environment.

Hybrid Electric Vehicle

Conventional hybrids are powered by a combination of petrol/diesel and electricity. This type of vehicle begins by using an electric motor and then when reaching higher speeds, the conventional power kicks in. This is needed to give the vehicle more power.

Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle

Unlike a normal hybrid electric vehicle, plug-in hybrids use an external charger to top up the battery of the electric motor. There are many reasons as to why plug-in hybrids differ from standard ones. One reason is that plug-ins can only travel at low speeds for a short distance before the conventional engine activates.

Extended Range Electric Vehicle

This type of EV is effectively an all-electric vehicle, which has a considerable range of power sources to choose from. Extended range electric vehicles are powered by a conventional engine which uses petrol, an electric motor and a plug-in battery pack.

Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle

Also known as hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, these cars produce electricity by using a fuel cell which is powered by hydrogen. This EV type does draw electricity from another source rather than fully relying on a battery. These types of cars surprisingly do not need to be charged at all. Instead, the fuel cell produces electricity and heat with water produced at the tailpipe.

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