If you're thinking about replacing your petrol or diesel car, have you thought about going electric? With the ban on the sale of petrol and diesel cars brought forward to 2035, it's worth considering an electric vehicle (EV for short). If like many others you are unsure, here are a few facts that might help you make up your mind:
- EVs use batteries to store energy that powers a motor
- Full EVs don’t create any CO² exhaust emissions and are therefore good for the environment and air quality, particularly in town or city centres Although electricity to power the car still needs to be generated, all EVs are greener than a regular car
- Not only is the cost of charging EVs very low it also costs less to run. EVs have ten times fewer moving parts than petrol powered cars and thus require less maintenance
- They’re smoother to drive than regular cars
- Fueling is flexible. You don't have to drive to a petrol station; all you need is a charging point at home or at work. Websites like Zap Map, Carwow and National Charge Point Registry provide maps of all the EV charging points available in the United Kingdom. Charging points can often be found in car parks, motorway services and retail outlets
- On cold days you can preheat some EVs using an app on your mobile phone
- Your chances of running out of charge when stuck in traffic are about the same in an electric car. But if this is a worry you may want to consider a hybrid EV which is powered both by electric and a conventional diesel/petrol engine. The diesel/petrol engine provides power when the battery is depleted
- A fast-growing national network of public charging points exists to allow you to recharge your EV’s battery on the move
- Charging an EV is easy! Most can be plugged into a standard home socket and will be fully recharged if you leave it overnight. If you need a faster charge, this can also be done in 30 minutes if you have access to a rapid charger
- The Office for Low Emissions Vehicles offer grants for help to cover the upfront cost of a charge point in homes where there is dedicated off street parking. The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme offers householders up to 75% of the eligible costs of chargepoint installation.
For areas without off street parking, there is another grant which is provided through something called the On‐street Residential Chargepoint Scheme. This grant can offer 75% of the costs associated with the chargepoint set up (up to a maximum of £7,500 per charge point). If you and your parish can identify an area where this could be used, we can apply on your behalf. Just email us with your query.
Other ways to sustainably travel
Lift sharing for routine journeys (for example, commuting to work) is usually cheaper and greener to car share with somebody taking the same route as you. CamShare is free to join and caters for individuals and organisations.
Cyclescheme is an employee benefit that saves you money on a bike and accessories. You pay nothing upfront and the payments are taken tax efficiently from your salary by your employer.
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