- When EVA England refers to ‘electric vehicles’ this means cars and vans (up to 3.5 tonnes), and battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, ie. any car or van that can be plugged in
- Electric Vehicles (EVs) have zero tailpipe emissions of CO2, NOx and particulates at all times in the case of battery electric vehicles, or have the ability for zero-emission running in the case of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), helping with local air quality and in the fight against climate change (some of the latest plug-in hybrid electric vehicles can drive up to 40 or 50 miles on battery power)
- EVs offer a better driving experience than petrol and diesel cars, being quiet and refined, having instantly available torque at all times for smooth, responsive acceleration, and having no clutch or gears
- EVs have lower running costs (fuel and maintenance, and total cost of ownership) than petrol or diesel vehicles (electricity costs for battery electric vehicles can be around one-fifth of the cost of petrol)
- Battery electric vehicles attract just 1% benefit in kind tax in 2021/22, potentially saving company car drivers thousands of pounds per year
- Battery electric vehicles have zero road tax
- Battery electric cars that cost less than £35,000 benefit from a government grant of £2,500 off their price
- EVs benefit from government grants to install home and workplace charge points
- Charging your car at home overnight means no more trips to petrol stations!
- Smart charging that drivers can benefit from cheaper electricity and supports stabilisation of the electricity network.
There is already a wide range of pure electric and plug-in hybrid cars on sale, and electric vans, with new models coming out every month.
Most EV owners charge their cars at home, but if this isn’t possible, there is an ever-expanding public charging infrastructure (currently over 35,000 connectors, over 20,000 devices, in over 12,500 locations). The latest public rapid charge points can provide a 0-80% charge for many EVs – equating to around 200 miles in some cases – in around 30 minutes.