Five Reasons To Invest In An Electric Car
In today’s society, it’s increasingly important to be conscious of the world around us. Whilst taking the time to recycle properly and remembering to bring reusable bags to the supermarket can feel like a chore, with electric cars, there’s no reason for us to change our driving habits.
Electric cars (EVs) are powered by a battery which can be charged at home, garage or public charging points. Hybrids are also available, which use both a battery and a traditional engine to reduce emissions. With big brands like Nissan, Mercedes and Jaguar manufacturing EVs, as well as all-electric brands like Tesla, battery-powered driving is more accessible than it’s ever been before.
The number of drivers making the transition to electric is growing year after year- so why should we be investing in electric cars?
Many people are put off by the fact that the initial price tag of electric cars is higher than conventional vehicles, however, you need to consider the total cost of ownership. By eliminating the need for fuel, electric cars have much lower running costs and also have fewer moving parts- you won’t need to take it in for servicing as frequently.
Here in Scotland, the government plans to phase out all petrol and diesel cars by 2032 and has introduced an incentivised electric car loan scheme in order to encourage more drivers to make the move to sustainable driving.
From chest infections and asthma to lung cancer and heart disease, pollution from diesel and petrol cars has been linked to various health problems. Evidence shows that air pollution racks up health bills of nearly £6 billion every year in the UK, with these costs being much higher in dense cities.
However, if we all drove electric cars, the air quality would hugely improve which, in turn, would reduce risks to our health- electric cars don’t release any exhaust emissions at all.
Driving an electric car is actually regarded as safer than driving a diesel or petrol vehicle. This is primarily because electric cars tend to have a lower centre of gravity so are less likely to roll after a collision.
Secondly, EVs are far less likely to catch fire or explode as there are fewer flammable components. Electric vehicles tend to be made more durable too, so provide additional protection in a crash.
Whilst some drivers yearn for the guttural roar of a petrol sports car, too much of this at once doesn’t make for a peaceful driving experience for everyone else on the road. With an electric car, you’re guaranteed a smooth and quiet ride. The high torque of an electric motor means that when you accelerate, you get a surge of smooth and almost silent acceleration. This makes the driving experience much quieter for both you, other drivers and pedestrians alike.
The reason that electric cars were manufactured in the first place and why so many drivers are considering transitioning to battery power, is the positive environmental impact. Electric cars are zero exhaust emissions- the pollution released is minimal and unavoidable, caused by friction between wheels and tarmac.
If you opt to charge your EV using a renewable energy source like solar power, you’ll reduce your carbon footprint even further. Also, to offer an entirely eco-friendly package, many car manufacturers use sustainable or bio-based components to construct electric cars. For example, the Nissan Leaf is comprised of various recycled materials including water bottles, plastic bags and old car parts.
Despite needing less frequent servicing, electric cars can still breakdown so you’ll need a reliable vehicle recovery service on call. For fast and convenient breakdown recovery in Glasgow or the surrounding areas, choose LM Recovery. You can make an enquiry with us today, or simply save our emergency number on your phone: 01698 269949.