If you haven’t thought about it already, going electric in 2023 might just be the best money-saving and planet-reserving method to follow.
There’s more to going electric than the efforts to save the planet – starting with the fact most EVs are faster and more powerful off the mark than combustion engines due to the latest technology, they cost less to run and there are more options that ever before! While it may not have happened quite yet, the electric cars revolution is upon us and, by 2035, all new petrol and diesel cars will be outlawed. That means, whether you like it or not, you’re going to have to make the switch sooner rather than later. So why not in 2023?
The truth is, there are a whole host of reasons to invest in electric right now. Here are some considerations to help you make the change.
Options, Options, Options!
2022 was a big year for EV releases, but 2023 is set to be even more exciting, as more car models are adapting to the changes within the industry for more electric driven vehicles. With a number of manufacturers promising to go all-electric as early as 2025, this year is a big one when it comes to narrowing the gap and starting this journey to electric only manufacturing in just 2 years’ time.
Alongside new Tesla models that are being released on a weekly basis, the first electric Maserati GranTurismo and even the Lotus Eletre are some of the newest models coming to the roads very soon, which’ll be faster than anything Lamborghini or Ferrari can offer. On the more accessible end of the spectrum, there’ll be new releases from Kia, MG, BMW and Mercedes.
Tom Eilon, co-founder of The Electric Car Scheme, says: “Medium-sized SUVs or crossovers are bringing better value and proving more popular.
“With the Tesla Model X not currently available in the UK, this has opened the door, and there is a growing demand for lower-cost options in this segment. The Mercedes EQB was quick to market but others will follow to fill this gap, like the Kia EV9”.
More Power & Punch
With the car industry moving to electric only in the near future, the technology surrounding vehicles is adapting as a rapid pace, with more introductions seen in the previous few years than ever before. This includes the power that electric vehicles offer and the speeds they can reach without the need for gears.
You’d be hard-pressed to find many who think a performance EV is more fun to drive than a traditional sports car. But, for the average daily driver, electricity is arguably more exciting than petrol. Thanks to the power being instantly available from standstill, EVs are usually far quicker than their combustion counterparts, meaning more people are leaving behind the stereotype of electric cars not delivering the same punch that petrol and diesel vehicles offer.
Very Soon…You Won’t Have A Choice!
Understandably, the main reason as to why many have not moved over to electric yet is the upfront cost of a new vehicle, especially amid a cost of living crisis for many in the UK. Another main concern for many is the charging infrastructure, as many homes still do not have access to charging points, especially rental properties and flats in built up cities.
As of November 2022, there were 36,752 individual charging points in the UK, a 33% increase over November ’21. This number is only set to rise, while the number of petrol stations is only getting smaller. Petrol and diesel prices are continuing to hit record highs, and cities around the world are doubling down on congestion charges. Not only this, but electric vehicles have been proven to be cheaper to run by almost a third!
“The running costs should be around three times cheaper, even with the rise in electricity cost,” says Eilon, which makes sense given the lack of engine or moving parts. EVs also have regenerative braking which uses the brake discs and pads less, meaning they’ll theoretically last longer than a traditional set-up. And there are also salary sacrifice schemes, which makes EV ownership possible for more people.
“The Electric Car Scheme aims to make things simple by allowing employers to offer cars through salary sacrifice,” says Eilon. “It’s like the Cycle to Work Scheme but for electric cars, and means that employees get the support they need to transition to electric, offering savings of between 30-60%.”
So, if you’ve been thinking of making the switch, there’s never been a better time than now. Make sure to check out our website for more information on our electric car services that we provide, including our EV car charging point installations.