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    Beginners Guide To Electric Cars – Your Questions Answered

    Upgrading your car in 2022 is an exciting prospect, but it can feel overwhelming as there are thousands of options and so many variables. JLR Essex has curated an easy-to-read guide to electric cars, the features and benefits of electric vehicles, and some answers to the questions you might have when it comes to maintaining an electric car.

    Fewer Carbon Emissions

    In urban areas where traffic often becomes gridlocked, traffic creates smog as a result of the buildup of traffic atmospheric pollutants. Lower emissions will also result in lower road tax and an exemption from the London Congestion Charge

    Reduced Fuel Costs

    Electric (and hybrid) cars use little to no petrol or diesel, which greatly reduces the running costs. For a full charge, it costs approximately £3.40 for a full charge, which would allow you 100 miles range. If you took the same journey in a petrol or diesel car, this cost would be greatly increased.

    Engine Automatically Switches Off

    Hybrid and electric car engines automatically switch off when you approach a red light or are stationary in traffic. Engine idling is a large contributor to atmospheric pollutants and burning fuel unnecessarily, so this clever small feature could be saving you money.

    Low Tax Costs

    Since April 2017, electric cars that cost more than £40,000 when new will incur a yearly charge of £360 for the first five years. That’s still less than you’d pay on other non-electric cars within the same price range, which also experience charges based on CO2 emissions. 

    Benefits Our Health

    Electric cars do not produce emissions through the exhaust, so they help improve air quality in built-up areas. Air pollutants are extremely dangerous, and diesel engines specifically generate noxious particulate emissions. This can lead to serious respiratory problems such as asthma for residents in areas with heavy amounts of traffic. 

    Quiet Driving Experience

    Although not completely silent, electric cars are considerably quieter than standard petrol and diesel vehicles. They are also a pleasant driving experience, as they can give you full power almost instantly. 

    Practicality

    Due to the lack of engine, gearbox or exhausts; electric cars often have more room for passengers and luggage. Some electric cars even have space for luggage under the bonnet, in addition to the traditional boot. 

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Is it worth buying an electric car in the UK?

    Initially, they are not the cheapest option when it comes to buying a car, and if you’re looking for a car that will be cheaper initially then an electric car may not be the option for you. That being said, over the course of a lifetime, it will be cheaper and worth the initial investment. Electric vehicles are cheaper to run, as you save on fuel costs, car parking and servicing.

    How long do electric car batteries last?

    Electric car batteries last around 10-20 years, before they will need to be replaced. They are designed to slowly lose charge capacity over time, so getting regular MOT’s and services to keep on top of your car maintenance is advised. 

    Do you pay road tax on electric cars?

    If you have an electric car that is a Zero emission EV, these are a zero-rated standard tax for both the first year and each year afterwards. This means that you will not pay any road tax on a pure electric car. 

    Electric vehicles are set to become more and more popular, so we hope this guide has helped you decide whether you’re ready to take the step towards purchasing an electric vehicle this 2022. Should you need advice on other topics, such as the Best Car Cleaning Products, our blog is home to a range of posts that can offer tips and advice for all your car and driving needs.