Sales of electric and hybrid cars in the UK hit record levels in March 2021 as they accounted for nearly 14% of the market. Compared to the 7.3% of market share in the previous year, it is clear to see a huge increase in people making the switch to a more environmentally friendly option.
With World Earth Day (22 April), now more than ever is the best time to celebrate this shift towards a greener future. However, when it comes to buying electric, understanding what you need, how it works and what’s best for you might be difficult. With all the major car brands offering electric and hybrid options, here are the four things you need to consider when thinking of going electric or hybrid
1. Does it fit your lifestyle?
When it comes to deciding between hybrid and electric the decision really will be dependent on your lifestyle and how many miles you’re looking to cover.
If you tend to do long journeys and cover a lot of miles, a hybrid may be the more preferable option for you. However, if you’re looking for a second car or just one to nip around the town, a fully electric option would be far more economical and above all, green.
2. Do you like the style?
Although you are a bit more limited when it comes to hybrid and electric models, the choice is expanding.
With more major brands bringing out electric alternatives, there is now a much wider choice of make, model and style to choose from. Before making a purchase purely based on electric capabilities and practicality, remember to still consider your style, performance and comfort preferences.
3. Have you tested the drive?
A test drive will also be crucial when making such a large investment, but this is even more important when switching from pump to plug.
With the internal running of the car changing, it’s no surprise that the feel of the drive will vary. EVs tend to be a lot smoother, zippier and generally quicker. With a lower centre of gravity, electrics have a more responsive acceleration to get used to, which can be a much more effortless drive, but is definitely worth testing before buying”.
4. Is charging practical?
Not needing to go to the petrol station once a week is a convenience bonus of going green with an EV. However, this is only possible if you have the capabilities to charge your vehicle at home.
At home charging is the cheapest, safest and most convenient way to re-charge. However, if you only have access to communal or on-street parking, this can become a bit more difficult. Before buying electric, think about how practical an at-home port will be. This includes distance from home as well as looking at the best electricity tariff to be on.