You can barely go a day now without seeing an advert for an electric car or hybrid, but stray onto a radio show debate or pub conversation and you’ll most likely hear that there is no infrastructure.
As you make your daily commute you’re probably becoming aware of a growing presence of electric cars, but they’re not parked on the hard shoulder behind a tow truck as we may be led to believe, so what is the truth?
When electric cars first launched, I remember a BBC feature when they tried to take a Nissan Leaf (capable of 80 miles in those days) from London to Edinburgh, I think it took 3 days. Unfortunately, in many ways, the media still present the same image today, let’s sanity check this!
Upfront how many of us drive from London to Edinburgh? I do 30,000 miles a year and I do similar length trips maybe twice a year… Taking a look at the range, the Nissan Leaf had a range of 80 miles. Today there are cars on the market for the same cost as a decent spec Focus that can do 270 miles between charges, and that’s real mileage – we’ve driven them!
Lastly look at the infrastructure, public that is. EVERY motorway services but one has fast charge facilities, capable of giving another 100-mile boost in the time it takes to polish off a Starbucks. All the press would have you believe this is a negative, who wants to hang around for 45 minutes to get another 100-mile range? For some, a fair point, but there is a trade-off. If you can charge at home as 60% of us can then 29 days a month you will never have to refill, you just charge at home. Personally, after a couple of hours in the car, I look forward to a coffee, I never look forward to a petrol stop and they are all too regular in traditional cars!
The reality is most people cover more than 250 miles less than 6 times a year, well over half of us have a drive or garage and if you have that, you have the perfect infrastructure without ever leaving your home! When you do venture out your car is waiting, defrosted, warm, full and all for pennies, less than £2.50 of electricity to cover 250 miles. For the 6 times a year you may feel the dread of ‘range anxiety’ just stick to the motorway network with fast chargers, or take an electric car deal where you can swap it for petrol or diesel when needed, such as our scheme which also vastly lowers the overall ownership costs.
For those of you without a drive or garage, you would be amazed how comprehensive the charging network is, you’re never more than a few minutes from a public charger and new builds now have to plan them in. Last year saw a 27% increase in the number of chargers and a corresponding decrease in charge time due to faster chargers and in the last few months, people from Marston’s to Tesco have clamoured to offer to charge at their retail sites. As I type this at Hoar Cross Hall Spa my car is on charge outside! Recharging as I do!
You don’t need to use public chargers if you have a drive as we’ll provide a fast charger at home but you really shouldn’t do an impression of my youngest daughter when she sees a spider at the thought of it!
Electric vehicles are MORE convenient than petrol or diesel, MORE fun and a whole lot cheaper, the compromise is to use fossil fuels just because of some nervousness over new technology. Remember the first time you had a phone with a home button? Now try doing without!
Keep an eye out for our video on charging publicly or request our guide to an electrifying future to learn more.
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