The last four years have seen a remarkable surge in demand for electric vehicles in the UK. New registrations of plug-in cars increased from 3,500 in 2013 to more than 206,000 by the end of March 2019. While only around 500 electric cars were registered per month during the first half of 2014, this rose to an average of 5,000 per month during 2018.

With the increasing demand for electric vehicles, we thought we would see what Nev had to say on the matter…

Electric Vehicles (EV’s) seem to be a hot topic at this point in time and one that I have given a lot of thought to over the past few months. Moreso since completing my EV training course with the ‘Energy Saving Trust’. This was in preparation for Applied Driving Techniques driver training in respect of companies adopting a more fuel efficient system within their fleet services.

I thought I would put together a list of facts that may help you decide whether an EV is right for you. I have test driven a wide range of electric vehicles, from the top Tesla Roadster and Jaguar iPace, to the city cars such as the Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe. Here are a few facts to bring you up to date…

TEN FACTS: ELECTRIC VEHICLES

ONE

Richard Anderson developed the first, crude electric car in 1832

TWO

Sales of EV’s have more than doubled during 2016-2018 from 90,000 to over 200,000 and it is set to double again over the next 12 months

THREE

Government target a zero carbon emissions by 2050

FOUR

Running cost of an average EV vehicle is around 4-4.5p per mile against a petrol vehicle that does 50mpg @ £1.32 per litre that would cost you 12p per mile

FIVE

The average savings on servicing cost are approximately 23% based on 60k mileage

SIX

Zero road tax for fully electric vehicles

SEVEN

Government grant of up to £3,500 (claimed direct by the retailer) on purchases on new EV’s

EIGHT

%

The Government run Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) provides grant funding of up to 75% towards the cost of installing electric vehicle charge points at domestic properties across the UK

NINE

Mileage achieved from a full charge claimed by Nissan (Leaf) up to 300 miles. This is typical across the range of smaller EV cars. Jaguar iPace is around 180 miles on a full charge

TEN

There are two types of charging plugs. 5 pin (US and Japanese market) and 7 pin (European)

As this is such a big subject, Nev will return in the future with more top electric vehicle tips. Meanwhile, get out there and test drive what’s available. Get your calculators out and make a few sums. You may be surprised as to what can be achieved, and as Nev says, “you never know, you may really have a light bulb moment!”

Check back soon for more handy hints from Nev.

The last four years have seen a remarkable surge in demand for electric vehicles in the UK. New registrations of plug-in cars increased from 3,500 in 2013 to more than 206,000 by the end of March 2019. While only around 500 electric cars were registered per month during the first half of 2014, this rose to an average of 5,000 per month during 2018.

With the increasing demand for electric vehicles, we thought we would see what Nev had to say on the matter…

Electric Vehicles (EV’s) seem to be a hot topic at this point in time and one that I have given a lot of thought to over the past few months. Moreso since completing my EV training course with the ‘Energy Saving Trust’. This was in preparation for Applied Driving Techniques driver training in respect of companies adopting a more fuel efficient system within their fleet services.

I thought I would put together a list of facts that may help you decide whether an EV is right for you. I have test driven a wide range of electric vehicles, from the top Tesla Roadster and Jaguar iPace, to the city cars such as the Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe. Here are a few facts to bring you up to date…

TEN FACTS: ELECTRIC VEHICLES

ONE

Richard Anderson developed the first, crude electric car in 1832

TWO

Sales of EV’s have more than doubled during 2016-2018 from 90,000 to over 200,000 and it is set to double again over the next 12 months

THREE

Government target a zero carbon emissions by 2050

FOUR

Running cost of an average EV vehicle is around 4-4.5p per mile against a petrol vehicle that does 50mpg @ £1.32 per litre that would cost you 12p per mile

FIVE

%

The average savings on servicing cost are approximately 23% based on 60k mileage

SIX

Zero road tax for fully electric vehicles

SEVEN

Government grant of up to £3,500 (claimed direct by the retailer) on purchases on new EV’s

EIGHT

%

The Government run Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) provides grant funding of up to 75% towards the cost of installing electric vehicle charge points at domestic properties across the UK

NINE

Mileage achieved from a full charge claimed by Nissan (Leaf) up to 300 miles. This is typical across the range of smaller EV cars. Jaguar iPace is around 180 miles on a full charge

TEN

There are two types of charging plugs. 5 pin (US and Japanese market) and 7 pin (European)

As this is such a big subject, Nev will return in the future with more top electric vehicle tips. Meanwhile, get out there and test drive what’s available. Get your calculators out and make a few sums. You may be surprised as to what can be achieved, and as Nev says, “you never know, you may really have a light bulb moment!”

Check back soon for more handy hints from Nev.