If you are thinking about upgrading your family car for a newer model in the near future, your mind might have turned to the possibility of electric vehicles.
Electric cards are much more easily available than they were even a handful of years ago due to the fact more of them are being manufactured, and because it is even possible to buy them used, which brings the price down considerably. But is an electric car for you? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons so you can decide for yourself.
Better for the environment
Obviously, electric vehicles do not run on fossil fuels or have the high emissions that combustion engine cars do, which means they are great for the environment.
Incentives to buy
Since electric cars are so good for the environment, the government wants to encourage their use as much as possible As a result, there are various incentives on offer to make the cost of electric car ownership more affordable. Look them up before you head off to buy your new car from Edmunds and you could potentially save a bundle.
Cheaper to run
As well as not having to fork out for fuel, although remember you will still need to pay for electricity to charge, electric vehicles are less likely to break down because they do not have the same complex engine system as classic vehicles, which means you can potentially save a lot of money in running and maintenance costs if you use an electric car as your main family vehicle.
Another great benefit of electric vehicles is their almost silent running. If you are someone who is irritated by noise, or you have children who struggle with noisy situations, an electric vehicle can really help to minimise that and make your journeys much more pleasant as a result.
Although there are many incentives, electric cars can still be pretty expensive in comparison to combustion engine vehicles. However, you can mitigate against this somewhat by opting for a used vehicle.
Lack of charging points
Although things are getting better, there are still not as many electric charging points as drivers would like, which means that you may need to plan your journeys more carefully to ensure you can charge up your vehicle whenever you need to. This can lead to what is being termed “range anxiety” where you cannot enjoy driving because you’re always worrying about running out of battery power.
Some electric cars can take as much as 12 hours to charge fully although there are many vehicles that will charge in less time too, so just be careful which vehicle you choose `n maybe invest in an extra battery too.
As you can see, there are many advantages and disadvantages that come with using an electric car as your main family vehicle, but on balance, if you can afford to buy one and you would like to do so, it seems like an excellent investment!