With more and more car makers promising electric cars or already selling them, the message is gradually starting to get through to the buying public. These clean, green vehicles have become increasingly popular over the last few years. Early models have matured into genuinely useable motors and with every technical advance they continue to get better and better.
The old arguments offering a negative viewpoint are beginning to become just that; old. Certainly it will always be necessary to have a drive, garage or dedicated parking space to charge these vehicles with electric cables but otherwise, things have moved on. For example, many models have a greater range than the standard average one hundred miles of old with companies like Tesla being at the forefront of new battery technology. After all, ninety percent of our daily drives would easily be catered for by an EV.
New registrations are up. Popularity is growing due to increasing numbers of models becoming available, coupled with the increase in the number of available charging points.
Why Drive An Electric Car?
As the name suggests, EV’s are powered by electricity alone, drawn from a battery power pack usually set low in the bodywork for handling reasons. These batteries in turn drive one or more electric motors. Once the battery power begins to deplete, a recharge is required via an electric cable attached to both the vehicle and a charge point or a wall socket. No petrol, no diesel, no noxious exhaust fumes; all good reasons to drive an electric vehicle. They are of modern design, functional and bursting with all the latest tech. It’s hard to argue against the trend.
As mentioned, there’s no reason to visit a petrol station any more except maybe to make use of their electric charging point when a top-up is needed. And to buy travelling snacks, obviously.
EV’s are eco-friendly. What’s good for the family is good for everyone else. The fuel is cheaper too. Further, the government like them very much and accordingly, they charge less in taxes and VED. Charging times are coming down as fast-chargers with dedicated cables come on-stream. These are all valid points that should make even the most diehard petrol-head think again.
Electric cars are also proving to be reliable. In the early days motorists were worried about the longevity of battery packs. Those concerns have proved baseless and second hand electric vehicles sell well. Best of all, there is less to go wrong; the motor car simplified.
It’s early days of course. In the lifetime of cars, the modern electric vehicle is still fairly youthful and there’s plenty more to come from the technology. Virtually all car makers have promised to make electric versions of some existing models and plenty of new models are in the pipeline, and by 2030 so we are told, they will be pre-eminent on our roads. More people are taking alternative fuels seriously but even so it’s not the end of the fossil-fuel car as we know it, but it could be argued that it is the beginning of the end.