When it comes to driving an electric car, you should always consider whether it’s the right option for you. There’s no point in owning an electric car if it doesn’t fulfil your driving needs. Fortunately, many drivers will find that an electric car is right for them.
Before you start to compare EVs, read this guide to decide whether an electric car is right for you.
One way to decide if an electric car is a good move for you is to consider the benefits it will bring to your life. The most important benefits of an EV are as follows:
Zero-emissions. Electric cars don’t produce any tailpipe emissions. This makes driving one very environmentally friendly.
Convenient charging. Rather than having to find a petrol station, you can charge your electric car at home overnight.
Lower running costs. While insurance and servicing costs may be higher for an electric car than the equivalent ICE, you can save money on charging and other running costs.
Even if you love the idea of driving an electric car, there's no point if it doesn't suit your driving habits. These are the defining factor of whether an electric car is right for you. We would recommend considering an electric car if you regularly drive in any of the following situations:
Driving in these situations make the best use of regenerative braking. This is an EV specific development that recaptures kinetic energy otherwise wasted under braking which then tops up the battery. This increases the range of your vehicle.
If you regularly drive long distances or spend a lot of time on the motorway, an electric car may not be right for you just yet.
While the average range of an electric car has increased, the luxury models with the longest range are very expensive. If you’re looking to buy a car on a tight budget and need a long-distance cruiser, you may struggle to find an electric car that suits your needs. What’s more, driving at high speeds drains the battery faster than driving in urban areas. It also doesn’t allow you to use regenerative braking as there are few opportunities to lift off the accelerator on a motorway.
Electric cars are subject to the same safety tests as ICEs. They are also built to the same design and manufacturing regulations. This means they are just as safe as a petrol or diesel car. Although lithium-ion batteries don’t need a spark to ignite like a combustion engine, EVs have onboard safety systems that automatically isolate the battery in the event of a crash.
These systems have been directly influenced by the spate of high profile accidents a few years ago that caused nervousness among potential EV buyers. As a result, ‘thermal runaway’ is much less likely among the latest generation of electric cars. That makes electric cars very safe in an accident.
You can drive an electric car through water, so UK drivers don’t need to worry about any wet weather issues. EVs are designed in a way that keeps the battery cells well-sealed for water-based scenarios.
However, you must still be aware of the risks of fording a river or large puddle. You should never drive through a body of water if you can’t see the bottom or if the water is fast flowing. If you deem the water safe, take it slowly and make sure you test your EV's brakes on the other side to dry them out.
If your electric car gets stuck while submerged or partially submerged, there is no electrocution risk. There hasn’t been a single case of anyone being shocked while touching a submerged or partially submerged electric or hybrid car.
Yes, it’s perfectly safe to drive an electric car through a car wash. The batteries are well-sealed, so there is no risk of damaging them this way.
An electric car is perfect in a range of situations. While they still have their limitations, they are a viable, eco-friendly option for many UK drivers, especially those who regularly drive in and around large towns and cities. You may be surprised at how much money you can save by switching to an electric car in 2022.
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