Should I Get An New Electric Car?
Fancy cruising down quieter streets and breathing in cleaner air as you go? It might be time for you to dip a toe into the shimmery green pool of electric cars.
In a time where it’s not just financial gain to be focused on but also the environment, it’s clear to see why electric cars are peaking more of an interest. But as petrol cars remain the most predominant sort, what exactly would owning an electric car entail?
Luckily, we have created this handy guide to introduce you to the increasingly charged world of the electric car. Read on to find out more.
How did electric cars begin? A brief history…
Electric Cars aren’t necessarily as newfangled as they would seem. In fact, they’ve been sitting in the garage recharging their batteries since as early as 1859, when French Physicist Gaston Plante invented the first rechargeable lead acid storage battery. In 1881, Camille Faure set about improving its ability to supply current.
Enter the electric car. In 1891, the skilled hands of Williams Morrison of Des Moines, Iowa saw to the first roadworthy electric automobile. The vehicle lasted for a solid 50 miles at a time before it needed recharging. Not bad for its time.
Fast forward to 1912 and the electric car reached peak production with the help of Henry Ford’s Model T. Sadly it didn’t last for as long as intended with the factory doors shutting for good in 1927. By the 1920’s it had seemingly reached the end of its fuse.
Why did electric cars make a comeback?
But the electric car has never really gone away for good. In the 1960’s, a number of car manufacturers were continuing on with electric vehicle (EV) prototypes. The persistent problem was with the inefficiency of the lead acid batteries.
When the energy crisis fully hit in the 1970’s, this was optimum time for EV’s to get themselves back on the grid. And in 1996, a battery breakthrough of sorts took place. The main material of lead acid was replaced by Nickel Metal Hydride and ten years later, a lesser-known start-up company named Tesla announced the arrival of an opulent electric sportscar.
Scepticism aside, the Nissan Leaf became a popular sell from 2010 and continues to improve.
Is the electric car for me?
There are pros and cons to EV’s but if you find yourself a city dweller with a costly commute, it could be prove beneficial.
Cost wise, an overnight charge to take its owner a distance of 100 miles would cost in the region of £3-4 dependant on the tariff. This would cost around three times the amount in a petrol car, so it’s not to be sniffed at. You would however need to be in the region of a charging port, so for those who rely on off-street parking, this could be a stumbling block until a wider spread roll-out of ports takes place.
Many companies have lowered the leasing costs on electric cars, making it more on par with petrol car lease affordability. And leasing is certainly the wise choice with EV’s, as the introduction of more advanced batteries over time could see older model costs plummet.
With the future shifting towards a more economical and environmentally focused climate, you might see yourself stepping foot on the electric pedal sooner in the near future that you first thought.