If you choose an electric car, you can save money and make less of an impact on the environment.
Our guide will tell you more about the different kinds of cars and how you can save money on an electric car.
Electric cars are becoming a better choice because they are cheaper to run, more models to choose from, and people are becoming more worried about pollution and climate change.
Find out what kinds of electric cars there are and their advantages.
Types of Electric Cars
Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV)
The most common type of electric car right now is a closed-loop hybrid. HEVs use less gas by combining a traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) with a battery and an electric motor that can work separately or together. The HEV’s battery gets charged as the car moves, so it never needs to be plugged in. HEVs like the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and the Lexus RX are common.
Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Like HEVs, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are equipped with an internal combustion engine and an electric motor. But if the battery is larger, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) may go between 40 and 60 kilometers solely on electric power before the gas engine kicks in. As the name suggests, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles must be plugged in to charge the battery. The Mercedes-Benz GLC300e Plug-In Hybrid and the MG HS Plus EV are popular models.
Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV)
BEVs are the electric cars that everyone knows. They are fully electric and have a large battery array that powers either one or two electric motors. BEVs can go anywhere from 300 to 500 km before they need to be charged, which can be done at home or a public charging station. The Polestar 2, Tesla Model 3, and Porsche Taycan are all well-known BDEVs.
Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV)
Like BEVs, fuel-cell electric vehicles get their power from electricity alone and don’t release CO2. But instead of plugging into the electricity grid, FCEVs make their power by burning hydrogen stored in a tank like a car’s gas tank. There is no need to charge it. Instead, hydrogen is pumped into the fuel tank of an FCEV in the same way that gasoline or diesel is pumped into a regular ICE car. The Toyota Mirai and Hyundai Nexo are tested in Australia but are not widely available yet.
The Advantages of Electric Vehicles
While the purchase price of an electric or plug-in hybrid car may be greater at first, this is frequently offset by lower operating costs.
- If you charge your pure electric vehicle at home, it will cost you between £8 and £12 and will often provide you a range of more than 200 miles after a full charge. To go 200 miles in a car powered by gasoline or diesel will incur fuel costs of roughly £26-32, which is three to four times higher than the cost of charging an electric vehicle. When owners charge their vehicles at home and take advantage of off-peak evening electricity pricing, they will enjoy the biggest significant cost reduction possible.
- An electric car has fewer mechanical components than a conventional vehicle, which often results in lower servicing and maintenance expenses.
- Vehicle excise duty on pure EVs is nil.
- Only zero-emission vehicles (those generating 0g/km CO2) will be eligible for the greener vehicle subsidy beginning October 25, 2021. Regardless of emissions level, all other cars must pay the Congestion Charge.
- Because plug-in vehicles have reduced or zero emissions, they will be subject to lower charges under the UK’s clean air zones and London’s ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ).
- Some municipalities and communities provide free parking for electric vehicles.
Popular Electric Model
Below are ten of the most sold Electric Vehicles in 2022:
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