5 Things You Need to Know Before Buying an EV

Kirsten Galloway December 6, 2018

There are things that you need to know before you make the switch to go electric. So we have put together a small guide to assist you in purchasing an electric car.

Finding the right Electric Vehicle for you

There is a wide range of  EVs and PHEVs on the market. You need to do your research on which vehicle has the functionalities you require. Do you need something that will have power for long drives? Or do you need something small to dash around the city without contributing to air pollution? There are multiple brands to select from, so make sure when you select an EV it suits your lifestyle.

You can read here about the best electric cars within the UK for 2018

Take advantage of the Government Grants

The OLEV, EST and SEAI grants are designed to encourage the uptake of zero-emissions motoring, which applies to vehicles and infrastructure such as chargers. For example, if you live in Scotland you can benefit from £500 OLEV grant as well as £300 EST grant. This is a huge £800 saving on your charge point, this makes purchasing an Andersen charge point a no-brainer.

For further insight into the Government grants, we have a created a page for you to understand each grant.

Government Grants

Research your home charging options

Not everyone is able to able to charge their electric vehicle at home as they don’t have a driveway. So make sure that you contact your council if you don’t have a driveway but still want to charge from home. Councils all over the country don’t have a unified position on the issues of people running charging cables from their property and across public pavements to their vehicles (something we’re campaigning to change… plug the campaign here), so it’s important you know where you stand.

Find your local public charge point

Find out where your nearest public charge points are. If you live in an area with lots of EV drivers there is a chance they may be occupied at busy times. If you don’t have a local charge point, you need to ask your local council to install some. There is a short supply of public EV chargers within the UK. This is something that needs to change quickly if we’re to move towards electric motoring at the rate desired by politicians.

If you’re worried that there are no chargers close to you, or too few, you can ask your council to install a charger close to your home. Central government have made funds available to all local councils specifically for the purpose of installing public charge points. However many councils are yet to spend the money, but they are obliged to do consider applications by residents – so don’t be afraid to ask – having an EV charger on your street could even improve the value of your property!

Think about your energy bills

Many motorists who make the switch from a combustion engine to an EV will feel the financial benefit of not paying to fill their tanks with petrol or diesel. The cost of motoring will, however, make a difference to your utility bills if you charge at home. Switching to an affordable, renewable energy supplier, will help you keep the cost your increased energy use down while maintaining the zero-emissions capability of the car. (Those who power their EVs with carbon-based energy suppliers are still creating emissions via their energy, rather than at the tailpipe).

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