A survey of 4,489 electric car drivers has revealed that in light of (or in spite of) rising energy costs, if they had the choice all over again, 83% would still choose to have an electric car. Just 8.5% said that they would not choose to go electric again, whilst 8% were undecided. You can find the survey here on Twitter and LinkedIn.
Many of the comments are both encouraging and illuminating. As one respondent commented, "It's not about costs (albeit a nice bonus) it's about better tech, and responsible driving." And even for people without access to off-street charging, it can be far cheaper to drive an electric car: "Absolutely would stick with EV. We can't home charge easily but a nearby supermarket still has a FREE charger." And whilst cost is a driving factor for many, other considerations come into play as well: "The answer is an easy yes. The instant torque is addictive". Clean air and zero tailpipe emissions are a recurrent theme in the comments, and for some, "Even if electricity worked out more expensive I would still choose an EV. And so far, it is still about one third the cost of my previous diesel car... so..."
There are now over half a million electric cars on the roads in the UK, and with the Government committed to ending the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030, the upward trend in battery electric vehicles (BEV) sales is only set to continue. However, electric cars only account for 2.1% of all cars on the roads today in the UK. Whilst sales of BEV continue to outstrip diesel, uptake across all vehicle types has slowed in recent months due to global events exacerbating supply chain issues, and the cost of living crisis. And of course, the energy crisis has emerged as a perceived threat to the attractiveness of electric cars, with the cost of public charging (understandably) rising.
As an electric car driver myself, and dedicated smart home charger, like many other EV drivers, I do the vast majority of charging at home, overnight. This means that I can fully charge my car for as little as £5, if I do all of that charging off-peak when the rate is just 7.5p/kWh. The range of my Kia e-Niro is around 280 miles (real-world), which is enough to cover 95% of my journeys. I occasionally charge when I'm out and about. There have been moments of frustration when a charger doesn't work, but I know by now to plan ahead, and have another charge point option up my sleeve 'just in case'.
If you're concerned about the number of public chargers, take a look at our charge point map to see just how many there are.
And if you are concerned about making the switch to an EV, if you can charge at home, running costs remain low. Leasing an electric car is a really great option too, if you’re worried about the upfront sticker price. For added reassurance, ElectriX has developed a total cost of ownership tool, where you can compare the cost of an electric car with a petrol or diesel car, and see which comes out better value when taking all costs into account. Take a look – for a clear, simple comparison.
Written by Gill Nowell, our EV Expert.