Last year, plug-in hybrid and EVs were responsible for more than 1 in 10 UK vehicle registrations (up from 1 in 30 in 2019) and, with the British government putting a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030, the move to electric has certainly picked up pace. With these changes come plenty of new releases, we are now truly spoilt for choice. So, here are some of the reasons switching to an EV is the best decision you can make in 2021…
There have been vast improvements in the pricing of an electric car, making them more accessible to everyone. Although generally, the initial cost of an EV is more expensive, making the switch is a great way to make a long term, money-saving decision. A recent study by Direct Line Insurance has shown that a traditional petrol car costs £824 a year to run, but the EV only costs £343 to charge- so overtime you will make considerable savings in fuel costs.
Electric vehicles are both cheaper to run and cheaper to maintain, from various government grants, worth £3,000 for new EV buyers, access to free parking and free charging stations in many car parks, less maintenance from fewer moving parts, tax incentives (since April 2020 all electric cars are exempt from road tax), no congestion charges in London and the lower cost of electricity in general, over time you will spend far less money switching to an EV. If you are looking to lease/PCP, generally costs are lower than your petrol equivalent, so, though they might be more to buy upfront, they are likely to be cheaper to lease.
Another undoubtedly important benefit of electric cars is their part in reducing air pollution and being better for the environment. By not emitting carbon dioxide, it is shown that one electric car can save around 1.5 million grams of CO2 – the equivalent of four flights, there and back, from Barcelona!
This reduction in emissions allows the UK to become a more sustainable and greener place to live. It will significantly improve the air quality and noise pollution of towns and cities, which, in turn, benefits us all in the future.
This year’s top contenders are the Cupra el-Born and the Ford Mustang Mach-E, both set to be released in March, a well anticipated new launch. There are also further upgrades coming to a popular model too, the Tesla Model X Plaid.
Aside from Tesla, mainstream manufacturers are expected to release dozens of new models this year- suitable for all budgets.
If you’re looking within the luxury car market…
If you are looking for something more affordable…
The standout Citroen e-C4 feels equally as luxurious but with a slightly more affordable price tag. This car came out in January and has already had rave reviews.
If you’re looking for a sporty model…
A few options for the driving enthusiasts with a need for speed: Pininfarina Battista, MG E-motion and Lotus Evija. Keep an eye out for these launches, the dates have not yet been released but it’s likely to be later this year…
So, if you’ve now decided to make the switch, there’s no need to worry about how and where you can charge your EV. It has never been easier. Apps like ZapMap are constantly updating their charging point map, making it a simple job to find the best place to stop and charge your EV.
When it comes to the perfect home charging solution, we have you covered. We Power Your Car is a one stop shop for getting the perfect EV charger for your vehicle installed at your home. No matter the model, we will find the perfect charging solution for you. Find the right charger and get an instant quote in under a minute by answering a few simple questions here. We now also offer the option to pay monthly through Klarna and spread the cost of your purchase.
This type of electric charger has it's own cable to charge your car.
This type of electric charger requires a seperate cable to charge your car.
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.
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.
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.