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Electric Engines and the Importance of Switching Early

If you’ve been keeping up with the latest news or have read our recent blog on the petrol and diesel ban in 2030, you’ll know that petrol and diesel vehicles will no longer be manufactured beyond 2030. 

Described by many as the biggest shake-up for motorists and vehicle manufacturers in recent generations, the move is the beginning of the transition towards green transport in a bid to reduce carbon emissions. 

Looking for your next car? If you’re wondering whether it’s best to switch over to electric now, the answer is yes! Designed for cleaner air zones, reduced maintenance costs and zero emissions, electric cars haven’t been around very long, which means there may not be an impressive variety of choice. 

Supporting The Climate With EV

One of the largest sources of climate pollution around the world is transportation, meaning that we need to make the vehicles on our roads as clean as possible. With only a couple of years left to reverse the worst impacts of climate change, acting fast is the best way to look after our planet and our health.

Following his announcement in recent weeks to ban the production of diesel and petrol vehicles,  Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, said: “Although 2020 has taken a very different path to the one we expected, I haven’t lost sight of our ambitious plans to level up across the country. My Ten Point Plan will create, support and protect hundreds of thousands of green jobs, whilst making strides towards net-zero by 2050. 

He added: “Our green industrial revolution will be powered by the wind turbines of Scotland and the North East, propelled by the electric vehicles made in the Midlands and advanced by the latest technologies developed in Wales, so we can look ahead to a more prosperous, greener future.”

One of the biggest advantages of switching to electric now is the improvement it can make to the world we live in. With no tailpipe, electric vehicles do not emit exhaust gases and can have a huge impact in reducing local air pollution.

It Will Save You Money

Another big advantage of switching to electric is how much money you will save in comparison to having a petrol or diesel car. According to EDF, an electric car costs around £2 to drive 100 miles. The average petrol equivalent to drive the same miles would be around £11.60. 

In a push to support this movement of reducing emissions, many councils and workplaces throughout the UK are offering free or discounted charging benefits for drivers with electric vehicles. This means that there is a possibility of running your car at no extra cost. 

As well as this, pure electric vehicles will also benefit from zero road tax, meaning that you could potentially only be paying for your annual MOT and service. With fewer moving parts in comparison to petrol or diesel cars, vehicle repairs on an electric vehicle are far simpler and cost-effective.

Great news for those living in London or bigger cities… With no exhaust gases, this does also mean you’ll be exempt from paying congestion charges.

Government Grants

If you are looking to switch to electric, then you’ll be pleased to know that you can benefit from a government grant towards the cost of installing a charge point at your home or work. These grants cover up to £350 towards the cost of installing a charge point.

For business owners, this means that you may be given support towards workplace charging points under the Workplace Charging Scheme - an excellent benefit for employees looking to also switch!

As well as this, electric car owners can benefit from the UK Government’s Plug-In Car Grant, with a discount of up to £3,000 off the price of some selected electric cars. This grant is taken off the total price when purchased from a car dealer, although it isn’t clear how long these grants will last for.

Free Parking

If you live in a city or frequently commute, you’ll understand the frustrations of paying to park in most public places. Fortunately, paying to park will soon become a thing of the past for electric car drivers, as you’ll be able to benefit from a free, priority or dedicated parking space.

This free parking is a bid for the UK Government to incentivise electric cars with amazing benefits of buying an electric car. While this hasn’t yet rolled out nationwide, we have seen this rolled out in Milton Keynes where there are currently over 15,000 bays in the centre for drivers with a dedicated Green CMK parking (virtual) permit.

While this free parking benefit is to encourage drivers to invest in an electric car, it does seem that this feature is around for the long-run.

Semi-New Electric Cars Are Extremely Affordable

While electric cars are known to be pricey, buying a used electric car may still be the next best option as you’ll be able to take advantage of a semi-new model with just a few miles on the clock at a discounted rate, and in the long run, it is more economical to run so the overall ownership cost is more likely to be a lot less than a traditional petrol or diesel car.

Similar to any car you buy, if you’re looking at buying an electric car second-hand, you’ll need to take a few things into consideration. If you have read our recent blog on what to consider before buying a second-hand electric car, then you’ll know what to expect from buying used electric cars.

Why Choose Us?

Here at Parklands Motors, we are adapting to the demand of electric, petrol and diesel cars. With an increased demand for second-hand electric cars, we are increasing our fleet of electric cars in order to provide our customers with affordable electric vehicles.

Be sure to read our guide on buying a second-hand electric car to find out more.


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