This has been a concern since the first electric cars were launched but technology has moved on massively since those early days and now most of the new electric cars will happily cover 200 miles between charges.
Latest figures suggest UK motorists drive an average of 142 miles per week so no need for daily top-ups.
Lack of chargers
Many electric vehicle owners take advantage of being able to charge up at home but for those without access to a home charger the infrastructure is growing at an incredible rate.
Every day new charge points are added – more than 1,600 were added in May 2023 alone.
At the end of May 2023 there were more than 43,500 electric charging points across 25,413 charging locations – a 38 per cent increase in the total number of charging devices since May 2022.
Ultra-rapid charging is an area of particular growth. There has been a 99 per cent increase in the number of these devices in the last 12 months (to May 2023) with more than 8,500 devices now operating across more than 4,500 locations. The figures are updated monthy by Zap-Map.https://www.zap-map.com/ev-stats/how-many-charging-points
There are also estimated to be more than 400,000 charge points at home or workplace locations, some of which are available to the public via community or visitor charging.
· Battery costs
While battery power may be new to many people it is a proven technology on cars and will last for years. EV manufacturers guarantee their batteries so you are assured of many thousands of miles of happy motoring if you drive a well-maintained car
· Expensive to buy
The upfront cost of an electric car is still higher than a petrol or diesel car but the long term savings are where things really tip the balance in the favour of an electric car. These cars are also becoming cheaper and second hand models are also appearing on the market now putting these cars within the financial range of many more people.
· Expensive to run
This is far from the reality as there are in fact less parts to be serviced so costs are often lower than the cars we have been driving.
And of course charging the car is far cheaper than filling a petrol or diesel car.
· Doesn’t suit my driving profile
At Hendy EV we have experts on hand to ensure you make the right choice for your driving profile whether that is a pure EV model or one of the plug-in hybrids for example.
We look at your typical driving week and advise on which models will fit in with the mileage you cover – just like choosing a traditional car there will be a variety of options for you to consider.