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Electric cars: Common misconceptions

According to a recent survey by WhoCanFixMyCar.com, four-fifths of drivers wouldn’t consider switching to an electric car until the government starts to invest more heavily in a public charging network. At the moment, more than a third of local authorities have fewer than 10 public charging points, which are crucial for those who don’t have off-road parking access to charge at home.

New research from the AA about what might put drivers off electric cars has revealed that:

  • 85 per cent of drivers don’t think there are enough public charging points
  • 76 per cent think that electric vehicles are too expensive
  • 67 per cent think electric vehicles take too long to charge
  • 76 per cent think that electric vehicles can’t go far enough on a single charge.

The lack of charging infrastructure may currently be one of the main barriers to potential buyers, but as the government has offered local councils a share of a £2.5m funding pot to improve it – as part of the On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme, to enable drivers in urban areas to charge their cars – this looks set to change relatively soon. Plus, the Department for Transport is putting £400m towards installing more charging points.

As the sale of petrol and diesel cars will be gradually phased out by 2040, and at least half of new car sales will be ultra-low emission by 2030, the switch to fully electric vehicles is in the not-too-distant future. However, in the meantime, the cost of electric cars – another oft-cited factor that deters many potential buyers – is falling all the time. A study by Deloitte, released in January, even suggested that electric cars could be cheaper than both diesel and petrol vehicles within the next two years.

For the time being, insurance for electric cars is slightly more expensive, mainly due to the more specialist nature and costs of replacement parts and repairs – but prices will start to fall as demand for electric cars increases. There are fewer insurance products to choose from compared with petrol and diesel cars, so make sure that you’re extra-vigilant when it comes to checking the small print of your policy, to make sure you’re not over-paying.

And, for those who are worried about electric vehicles not going far enough on a single charge, and that the battery will wear out quickly – on average, most can go for 100 miles before needing to be recharged, and most manufacturers offer a 100,000-mile warranty for the battery. Plus, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has recently announced that they are working on a battery pack that will last for a whopping one million miles – so watch this space! No matter what kind of car you’re currently looking for, we can help you buy it – just get in touch with our helpful team.

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