Benefits of electric driving
Choosing to drive an electric vehicle (EV) offers numerous benefits for drivers, the environment and wider society, and with the cost of owning a petrol or diesel vehicle continuing to rise, there’s never been a better time to make the switch to EV.
Keep reading to learn more about the advantages of EVs:
- Zero emissions and reduced carbon footprint
One of the biggest benefits of driving an EV is to the environment. 100%-electric cars don’t emit harmful CO2 gases and EVs are also a lot more energy efficient than petrol or diesel cars – meaning drivers can get more than twice as many miles out of the same amount of energy.
- Better driving experience
Reviews suggest that EVs offer a more enjoyable driving experience than petrol and diesel cars. This is because EVs are much quieter and accelerate faster than non-electric vehicles. EVs also have a low centre of gravity, which makes them more stable and improves handling.
- Achieve ESG goals
Many businesses are incorporating EVs as part of their commitment to Economic Social Governance (ESG). EVs have become a primary way for companies to drive their ESG goals forward as they reduce emissions, support clean energy initiatives and provide a better experience for employees.
- Lower maintenance costs
Owning an electric car is likely to cost a lot less than a petrol or diesel car. Electric cars have fewer moving parts meaning less can go wrong and drivers don’t have to worry about wear out or break down. It is estimated that EV maintenance costs can be as much as 50% less than a petrol or diesel car.
- Financial incentives
Drivers can benefit from a number of financial incentives by making the switch to electric, including tax exemptions and grants of up to £2,500 towards the purchase price. Businesses can also apply to The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) for grants of up to £75,000 towards the cost of installing charge points,
- Easy and convenient charging
Another major benefit of EV ownership is fast and convenient charging. Drivers can simply refuel their EV at home, work or a public charging point. Weev plans to install 1,500 new charging points at over 350 locations across Northern Ireland before the end of 2024 – making charging even more accessible.