The Advantages of Driving an Electric Vehicle and Reducing Carbon Emissions
The majority of cars on UK roads are still powered by fossil fuels but the interest in electric vehicles is increasing. Rising fuel costs have made people question whether they should be making the switch to Electric Vehicles (EV’s) sooner rather than later. Yet, for many, the initial cost and initial change makes switching to an EV a questionable one.
“We don’t know what the future holds. EVs may become the only realistic option, or hybrids will take centre-stage. One thing is certain: EV adoption is increasing, and fuel price hikes will only accelerate this” sate car leasing experts at caruno.
Alongside the ever-growing threat of climate change, the UK government’s zero-emission deadlines growing ever closer and record fuel prices, consumers are looking toward more eco-friendly, financially savvy ways to get from A to B.
Why are so many of us making the switch to electric vehicles? Are they as eco-friendly as they claim and by exactly how much do they reduce your carbon emissions?
Why drive an electric vehicle?
When you hear the word ‘electric car’ you almost certainly think of the environmental benefits that they offer. However, did you know there are a whole host of other advantages to driving one?
1. Zero emissions are produced by EVs
Even hybrids (that use some fuel) can reduce carbon emissions. They’re also more energy-efficient, reducing pollution and can make our towns and cities cleaner and calmer.
2. Reduced running costs
When you drive an electric car, you can expect to spend around a third in energy costs compared with fossil-fuel-powered vehicles. For example, the cost of charging your EV battery for 100 miles comes in at around £4 whereas the same cost in an ICE (fossil fuel) car would set you back around £14.
3. Cheaper maintenance
Although electric vehicles are more technologically advanced, they are made of fewer parts so are less likely to have to go back to the garage for expensive repairs and will save you money. You won’t need fuel, oil or air filter changes, the gearbox is much simpler and most problems can be diagnosed with a computer.
4. Perks and benefits like free parking and zero road tax
In the UK, you currently don’t need to pay road tax if you drive an electric vehicle. If you’re driving a hybrid, you’ll still enjoy a significant discount that can really make a difference to your household budget. If you’re driving in a Clean Air Zone, you’ll also pay less and even get free parking in some towns and cities.
5. The prices are coming down
The growing popularity of EVs and the price of batteries reducing, means that more consumers than ever before can afford to make the switch. Despite the initial cost of investing in an electric vehicle, the savings make them a more financial wise choice.
What are the environmental benefits of driving an electric car?
We touched on some of the most eco-friendly benefits of switching to EV’s effecting consumers decisions to make the change. However, the environmental benefits of driving an electric car are wider reaching as they contribute to reducing carbon emissions, pollution, use of fossil fuels and energy efficiency.
Read below for some of the external environmental benefits your EV could be helping to contribute too!
Reduces your carbon footprint
Pure electric cars don’t produce any carbon dioxide when driving as no fossil fuels are being burned. This could be as much as 1.5 million grammes of CO2 over the lifetime of the vehicle, which is about the same usage as four return flights from London to Barcelona!
Helps meet government net-zero targets
Back in 2019, the UK government announced the start of the ‘green industrial revolution’ with plans to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 and reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Given the significant reduction in carbon emissions offered by electric cars, we could help tackle climate change by making the switch.
Reduces air pollution
Much of the air pollution in our towns and cities is the result of traffic and its emissions. This is considered to be one of the biggest risks to our health. It causes around 64,000 deaths per year and costs us a staggering £20 billion per year. By driving an electric car, you’ll help clean up the air in our towns and cities, making them healthier and cleaner places to live.
Reduces noise pollution
Electric vehicles are almost completely silent and so don’t disturb residents or local wildlife when driven. When you drive one instead of a fossil-fuel-powered car, you’re helping to reduce noise pollution and making our country a better place to live, especially for those who live near busy main roads or motorways.
Better energy efficiency
Did you know that electric vehicles are also more energy-efficient than traditional vehicles, converting around 60% of energy to power? Compared to just 20% for traditional vehicles!
Electric vehicles offer a range of advantages over conventional cars, which is why more people are making the switch. They reduce your carbon emissions, cut your fuel costs, reduce air and noise pollution, require less maintenance and can even save on road tax and parking costs. With better technology being invented every day, there’s never been a better time to invest in an EV.