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21 Reasons You Should Switch to Electric

Electric cars have become increasingly popular, and this isn’t expected to stop anytime soon. Now the UK Government has pledged to ban the sale of any new petrol/diesel vehicles by 2030 the switch to electric is becoming a necessity, not just a choice.

Not only is an electric car a great way to help the environment, they are also cheaper in the long run and actually pretty fun to drive! So, here are 21 reasons to switch to electric in 2021…

1. Cleaner air

Generally, electric cars reduce air pollution and are better for the environment. Unlike traditional engines that combust petrol or diesel and produce harmful carbon emissions, EVs have zero tailpipe emissions. This means the UK will become a greener and more sustainable place to live, benefitting us all in the future.

 

2. Save your time

If you have charging stations at work and home, this will probably cover most of your charging needs in day-to-day life which means no more stopping at the petrol station on your way home! Using a 150kW rapid charger, you could get your EV charged to a 60-200 mile range in about 30 minutes and with a 22kW fast charger, you can achieve 90 miles within the hour.

 

3. Cheaper to run

Depending on your electricity provider and how efficient your electric car is, you are able to drive from 2-5p a mile. Over a year this can equal to £1,000 in fuel savings if you make the switch to electric.

 

4. They will become cheaper to buy

Due to the cost of making an EV battery, the upfront cost of an electric car is generally more expensive. However, this is the fastest progressing area in the world of EV production. On average, battery costs are falling 20% a year. With increasing popularity and developments in technology, soon EVs will be a similar price to your regular diesel/petrol car.

 

5. Quiet and smooth driving

Studies show that noise pollution is bad for our health. Driving an EV is practically silent and not only is that pretty cool, but it makes for a relaxing driving experience.

 

6. Government incentive

There are various government grants that come with switching to electric. New electric cars are eligible for a plug-in car grant (PiCG). The government contributes up to £3,000 towards the purchase of your EV, up to £350 if you are eligible for an at home charger and £14,000 towards workplace chargers. This scheme has encouraged the purchase of 200,000 electric cars!

 

7. Health benefits

Electric vehicles reduce emissions that contribute to climate change and smog, this improves public health and ecological damage that can be caused by air pollution.

 

8. No road tax

Since April 2020, all pure electric vehicles have been exempted from road tax in the UK. Many owners of conventional cars can pay more than £1,000 in road tax every year so this is a huge saving.

 

9. More reliable

Electric cars use an electric motor which has fewer moving parts compared to a petrol or diesel engine. Fewer parts mean there’s less to break or go wrong. This means EVs are typically more reliable.

10. Congestion charge exempt

If you live in London and own a car (or any other major city where this could be rolled out) you will understand the burden of congestion charge. Owning a zero-emissions EV allows you to be exempt from the £15 daily charge.

 

11. Access to free parking

If you have a ULEV (Ultra Low Emission Vehicle) you can apply for a green parking permit and park for free in city centres/council-owned car parks, although this is dependent on your local council. Private car parks also often offer discounted parking tickets for fully electric vehicles.

 

12. They are greener overall

The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICTT) reported that EVs produce most of their emissions through being manufactured. However, as they have no combustion and zero tailpipe emissions they actually have the advantage on petrol or diesel powered cars based on their lifetime emissions. What’s more, the more widespread EV battery recycling becomes, the less need to extract new materials. This will further reduce emissions in the manufacturing process.

 

13. They perform better

They are superior to combustion vehicles in terms of power and acceleration. They also have better transmission of the torque from the motor to the wheel, respond faster and the technology is much more advanced.

 

14. Better energy efficiency

Electric cars run at 85%-90% efficiency, whereas petrol/diesel vehicles run at around 17-20%, this means EVs use less energy to get you around.

 

15. You will be protecting the environment

By choosing to switch to electric, you are actively taking action to conserve our environment. EVs reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote renewable energy sources. Additionally, you will be reducing your own carbon footprint.

 

16. Improving infrastructure

The more people that switch to electric, the more public and private charge points and, in turn, this will improve the convenience of owning an EV. The number of charging points in the UK has grown massively in the last few years, there are around 500 new charging points being installed each month.

 

17. More employers are installing workplace chargers

As more people invest in EVs, more companies are supporting this by providing workplace charging points to reward employees who make the switch to EV. The government also provide a grant to install charging points at your workplace by contributing £350 towards the cost of each socket.

 

18. More choice

Now, most major car manufacturers have an electric alternative and are often similar to the conventional car. There are also options for every budget and function, from practical family cars to super sleek sports cars… we really are spoilt for choice!

 

19. They last longer

EVs don’t have as many components that need replacing and less maintenance is necessary. They also tend to last longer than petrol/diesel vehicles because of reduced wear and tear.

 

20. Range anxiety is a thing of the past

From an AAA survey in 2018, 58% of consumers stated they wouldn’t switch to electric because they were worried their vehicle would run out of charge whilst driving. As battery technology improves, so does the driving range of EVs. Most new batteries can now drive between 120-300 miles in one charge!

 

21. And finally, they’re pretty cool…

It’s hard to deny that electric cars are a pretty cool. They often look like they’re from the future, their performance is second to none and their driving experience is on another level to your regular car…

If you’ve already made the switch and are looking for the perfect home or workplace charging solution, we have you covered. Find the right charger for your model an get an instant quote in under a minute by answering a few questions here.

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Tethered charger

This type of electric charger has it's own cable to charge your car.

Socketed charger

This type of electric charger requires a seperate cable to charge your car.

Underground cable

We lay SWA cable laid at 600mm deep, with a protective cable warning tape laid 150mm above the cable. These are laid on a sand or sifted sand soil bed then backfilled.

Overhead cable

We position overhead cables at a minimum height of 3.5m and are run along a catenary wire. The cable run should not be accessible to vehicles.

Standard Installation
Our instant price is fixed if it falls within our standard installation package plus any additions that you have selected (extra cabling for example). This package covers the majority of homes in the UK. Before we undertake your installation we will carry out a digital survey to check that nothing has been missed. After reviewing the survey results some additional work may be required in order to complete your installation safely and to the required standards. If this is the case, we will contact you well before the installation date and advise the cost of any required work. You can then continue with your installation, or alternatively we will refund you in full if you do not want to proceed.

Included in our standard installation is :
• Fitting of a single phase charge point to a brick or plaster wall or other suitable permanent structure
• Up to 10 metres of cable, run and neatly clipped to the wall between the electricity supply meter / distribution board and the charge point.
• Routing of the cable through a drilled hole in a wall up to 500mm (20 inches) thick if this is needed.
• The fitting and testing of electrical connections and protections required for the charge point.
• An additional three way consumer unit, if required
• Installation of a Type A RCBO in an RCBO enclosure
• Up to 3 metres of plastic trunking to conceal interior wiring.
• An O-pen earth protection device if the charge point requires it. (This is NOT an earth rod)
• Up to 4 hours of labour from your installer to complete the work.
• Electrical testing of the whole installation.
• Handover and setup of the charge point and any app that may be needed.

Not included in our standard installation (additional work) :
• Where the installation requires additional cabling over and above the amount you have told us about.
• Upgrade/replacement of the main incoming supply fuse where the local DNO (eg Northern Powergrid) would need to attend site.
• If the charge point is to be mounted on a post/pedestal rather than an existing wall and where you have not selected a post as an extra cost option in your order.
• Installation of a charge point to a three phase supply.
• Where gas and water mains bonding (earthing) is not in place at your property. If this is not in place, additional work would be required before installation of the charge point.
• Any groundwork that has not been selected during the order process.

What else you need to know :
• On the day of installation, please ensure that the area around your consumer unit (fuse box), incoming electricity supply meter and proposed charge point location (including where the cable is expected to be run) is clear and free of obstructions.
• We will need your WiFi password as part of the installation process in order to connect your charge point to the internet. Please have this available for the installer. Details will not be kept.
• The charge point must be on your own designated off road parking.
• The charger will be fixed in line with current guidelines at a height where it cannot be hit by a vehicle.
• Our installers are not able to enter loft spaces; lift floorboards or flooring; take apart any furniture of work above a height of 2m. If you anticipate that any of this may be required, then please contact us and we can discuss in more detail and provide you with a quotation.
• Should there be extreme weather conditions our installers may not be able to continue with you installation if it is not safe to do so (for example flooding). They will always do their best to complete the work where they can.

If you have any questions then please contact our customer service team who will be happy to help. Please also read our terms and conditions.