Electric Cars - the future of personal transport 

Here’s our handy guide with 7 reasons why your next car should be Electric

Electric Cars are an important shift from fossil fuels to sustainable, cleaner transport. 

Thinking about changing your car? 

In 2020, it’s time to make an even bigger change in the way you get around. 

Personal transport is evolving. The majority of cars still rely on these fossil fuels such as petrol and diesel, which create greenhouse gasses and air pollution. Progress is being made all the time to reduce emissions through more efficient engines.

Hybrid cars which combine electric and IC engines are even more efficient and cleaner. But it’s Electric Cars which are lining up as the next generation of zero-emissions personal transport.

Read on to discover 7 reasons why we think Electric Cars should be at the top of your list in 2020.

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First, a frequently asked question:

What exactly is an Electric Car?

Electric Cars power the wheels using an electric motor. Power comes from a battery which stores energy. Exactly like your smartphone or any other battery device, you charge up the battery from an electricity supply when it’s low.

EVs are increasingly popular and manufacturers are bringing out new models to satisfy growing demand:

  • The Honda e is a super-cool 100% Electric urban vehicle.
  • Kia are leaders in Electric Cars with the Soul EV and the eNiro.
  • The Renault ZOE is a pioneer on European roads
  • The Mazda MX-30 brings the Electric SUV up to date

So what are the advantages of Electric Cars?

We’ve got some convincing advantages that make Electric Cars a great choice of a new car in 2020.

7 reasons to buy an electric car - High range mileage

#7 High range mileage

“Range Anxiety” is a phrase that you may have heard concerning Electric cars. This is where people worry about being restricted by battery levels.

In fact, the range of Electric Cars today can get you a very long way. For example, the Renault Zoe has a range of about 250 miles, and the Kia e-Niro can cover over 280 miles on one charge.

That’s the same distance from London to Bristol. And back. With miles to spare.

So here’s a question. When did you last run out of petrol?

Hopefully not recently. If ever.

Here’s another. Have you always got a full tank?

Probably not either.

So the point is this:

If had a Kia Sportage with a third of a tank of fuel, you probably wouldn’t be concerned when you set out on your everyday commute. That third of a tank will get you about 200 miles – that’s 80 miles less than the e-Niro.

Electric cars are no different. You have to fill up – or charge up in the case of EV. And there is an added advantage for charging Electric Cars. Simply plug it in at home and a full charge will be waiting for you in the morning. The petrol pump forecourt will be a thing of the past.

And talking of charging;

7 reasons to buy an electric car - Easy fast charging

#6 Easy fast charging

Nowadays, Electric Cars are very easy to charge. Even a domestic three-pin plug can charge up your car. With a 3-6kW rating, it will take a day at work or overnight to charge.

With a home charging installation, rated at 7kW or 22kW, you can benefit from Fast Charging. Typically a 40 kWh battery can be charged between 2-5 hours. Go to how do electric cars work section to find out about kWh.

And with Rapid Charging and rated points of 50kW, you can get an 80% charge in less than an hour.

Did you know there are over 20,000 EV charging points all across the UK? That’s more than double the number of petrol stations.

7 reasons to buy an electric car - EV Great Range of Cars

#5 EV Great Range of Cars

As Electric cars are the future, you’ll find practical, fun and great looking vehicles. That’s good news for prospective buyers and there are some fantastic Electric cars available right now.

Let’s take a look at three categories:

Micro EV

The Renault Twizy is an increasingly common sight in our towns and cities. Sure, it might not have the refinement of bigger cars but it will get you from A to B in head-turning style. And with great manoeuvrability, parking is simple. It can get up to 50 mph and has a handy range of 56 miles. Minimalist and ultra-cool, the Twizy is a cutting edge micro EV in more ways than one.

Small electric cars

Hatchbacks make great EVs because of their small size. They require less battery power and so a smaller electric motor. They are immensely practical around town and can do everything their petrol-powered cousins can do... and more.

Take the Renault Zoe. There’s a good reason why it’s the best selling electric car in Europe. You’ll get up to 250 miles on one charge. Reliable, practical and attractively designed, global sales are verging on 100,000 since its launch in 2013.

As a measure of quality and usability, just look at its trophy cabinet: Best Electric Car in the Carbuyer Best Car Awards 2017, and What Car? Electric Car of the Year under £30,000 in 2019. Read more about the Renault Zoe.

Honda-e is making waves in the small electric cars class. The design is futuristic, but this is a car of our times. You’ll find high quality recycled materials, natural effect and laid back ambience combined with ultra high tech innovation.

This is the car to be seen in this year. Find out how you can reserve your Honda-e today at Brayleys.

Electric SUV

Kia e-Niro

The SUV is the do-it-all car, blending practicality, usability and sporty looks.

The Kia e-Niro adds zero emissions and ultra low cost motoring into the package. Its 64kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack gives a superb range of up to 282 miles on one charge.

It has won pretty much every car award there is to win, including, DrivingElectric’s Car of the Year 2019, What Car? Electric Car of the Year.

The e-Niro underlines its position as the best electric car and overall car of the year. There’s more than enough space for all the family, with fantastic boot space. What’s more, you can benefit from Kia's leading 7-year warranty, including the battery.

7 reasons to buy an electric car - driving experience

#4 driving experience

The first thing you’ll notice behind the wheel is that Electric Cars don’t have gear shifter. A frequent question is “do electric cars have gears?” and the answer is no – not that the driver operates in any case.

TTake that good looking electric SUV the Kia e-Niro. Simply twist the central dial left for Reverse and right for Drive, press the accelerator and you’re off. The electronic parking brake releases automatically.

The comfortable driving position with excellent visibility makes driving a breeze. In and around town it’s a serene and calm experience. There is even a virtual motor sound designed to warn pedestrians of your presence. When you hit the open road there’s more than enough power for fast and smooth acceleration.

You can virtually drive the e-Niro with one pedal.

Instead of using the brakes, you can select different levels of recuperated energy when coasting or slowing down, thanks to the paddle behind the steering wheel. It’s an intuitive way of eco-driving.

How do electric cars work?

Under the floor of the car there is a series of batteries which store energy. A sophisticated control unit manages the power thousands of times per second so the electric motor always has the right amount of energy from the battery.

An interactive touchscreen shows all the EV details you need, like the current charge, the remaining range and how much power you’re using.

Designers are freed from traditional engine and transmission constraints, and so the interiors are spacious and airy. Add to that the highest levels of build quality, innovation and standard equipment, driving is safe as well as easy and comfortable.

What’s more, Electric Car performance is seriously fun. Contact your local Brayleys dealership and try an electric car on the road for yourself. The future could be closer than you think.

7 reasons to buy an electric car - Tax benefits and government grants

#3 Tax benefits and Government Grants

Buying and owning an EV bring some very tidy tax incentives and advantages.

As from April 1 2019, all electric vehicles under £40,000 are in band A, which means no road tax is payable.

You can also get a £3500 government grant for electric cars

EVs are congestion charge exemption too. Help London become a zero carbon city by 2050, and reduce pollution caused by exhaust fumes.

You can expect lower company car tax costs too. Contact our specialist Business Teams for details

7 reasons to buy an electric car - Cheap running costs

#2 Cheap Running Costs

It’s a good idea to get switched on about electricity.

But don’t worry. You’re not in for a physics lesson. Well, not a long one anyway.

When we talk about EVs we tend to use kW as a unit for electricity and kWh– for the battery.

A kW (Kilo Watt) is a unit of power. 1 kW is 1,000 watts. That’s about the power of an electric vacuum cleaner or a power drill.

A kWh (Kio watt hour) is the same unit of energy but at a constant rate over one hour. A 100-watt device, say like a television that’s on for 10 hours, will use 1kWh.

So the power of the battery, like the 64 kWh lithium-ion battery in the e-niro can theoretically produce 64,000 watts for one hour or 6,400 watts for 10 hours. And it’s that which gives the power to run the electric motor.

Getting back to the main advantage.

The average cost of charging up an electric car is around 35p per kW rapid charging point. It could be as low as 12p with off-peak cheaper electricity at home. You can easily get a dedicated home charging point installed when you buy a new electric car.

That means you could fully charge up your Renault Zoe with a 40kW battery for £4.80. If you drove 200 miles, that’s a price per mile of less than 3p per mile.

Compared to a Renault Clio 1.5-litre dCi 90 diesel with fuel economy of 57mpg and fuel cost of say, £1.32 per litre, the same 200 miles would cost you 18p per mile.

And so even with the cost of electricity to charge the battery, the cost per mile is significantly cheaper.

How many miles do you do every week?

How much could you save?

7 reasons to buy an electric car - zero emissions

#1 zero emissions motoring

And so to the best reason of all to buy an Electric Car in 2019 – zero emissions. In towns and cities, the fact that EVs don’t produce any emissions will help to reduce CO2 and other greenhouse gasses.

In addition, fine particles coming out of car exhausts have been shown to be harmful to health. No exhaust no fumes - no pollution.

Convinced?

Contact your local Brayleys dealership and make that change happen today. We’re here to help you all the way with expert advice and great offers on Electric Cars.

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