Do you want to buy an electric vehicle this year? Pure electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles accounted for more than 50% of new vehicle registrations in April 2022. With the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles coming into play in 2030, many Brits are looking to drive eco-friendly alternatives! While the EV market has been rapidly growing for a couple of years now, we think 2022 is going to be the year of driving electric.
Not only are public perceptions of fossil fuels changing, but manufacturers are pushing electric vehicles into the limelight. Today, nearly every mainstream manufacturer has at least one all-electric vehicle on offer. Plus, the Government and local authorities are introducing incentives to those who switch to electric driving.
Continue reading to learn all about how to buy an electric vehicle in 2022.
The current EV market
It would appear you’re not alone in your decision to buy an electric vehicle, as EV sales have been soaring the past couple of years. Meanwhile, the sale of both petrol and diesel vehicles is in decline. As a whole, the automotive industry hasn’t been as booming as it was pre-pandemic. Plus, ongoing struggles with chip shortages which have left manufacturers with huge waiting times.
As all Covid-19 restrictions have now been lifted in the UK, more people are finally looking to purchase a new vehicle. The pandemic has also impacted our view on the environment and our health, with COP26 raising awareness of the dangers of fossil fuels.
With one in 10 new vehicles registered last month were fully electric, the pure EV market has grown by 40.9% from April 2021. Popular manufacturers now have at least one, if not a range, of pure electric vehicles in order to meet up with demands. Some manufacturers have chosen to electrify their existing models, such as the Vauxhall Corsa-e and Kia Soul EV.
Whereas others are pushing for individual and innovative electric vehicles that are brand new to the market, including the Jaguar I-Pace and Hyundai Ioniq 5. There have even been some new manufacturers popping up who only produce electric vehicles.
There’s now plenty of choice to choose from when looking to buy an electric vehicle. Whether you fancy a practical family EV or a sports car to show off to your friends. There’s an all-electric vehicle for everyone!
Incentives and savings
As well as knowing you’re helping the environment by driving an EV, there are a few incentives offered by the Government and local authorities. For those living in big cities, you may already be aware of low emission zones being introduced. All electric vehicles are exempt from paying any fees in low emission zones as they do not produce any tailpipe emissions. This can be a huge saving for those travelling by road every day.
For example, the London Congestion Charge and Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) can cost drivers £15 per day, depending on how far they travel. Being exempt from these kinds of charges is a huge incentive.
Likewise, the Government still offers varying levels of financial funding for those looking to buy an electric vehicle. The total amount you’ll receive will depend on the kind of vehicle you buy, but this could save you £5,000 on a new EV. There’s also funding available for those looking to install EV charge points. Businesses can receive money off the total cost of installing a charger at your home or workplace.
In 2021, the Government announced that all new homes and offices would need to have EV charge points available as a legal requirement. As a result of this, they’re now offering a financial grant to landlords and property owners across the UK.
While it isn’t an incentive often highlighted by local authorities, just owning an electric vehicle can save you money. When you consider how much you currently spend to run a petrol or diesel vehicle, we can guarantee it’ll cost you less to run an EV.
Goodbye range anxiety!
One of the main worries with electric vehicles has been how far they can travel on a single charge. As charging an electric vehicle isn’t quite as easy as filling up at a fuel station yet, motorists need to be sure they can get to their destination as easily as possible.
The range of electric vehicles has dramatically increased over the past few years. Now, EV drivers shouldn’t worry about whether they’ll have enough miles to reach their destination. Most electric vehicles come with a range of over 200 miles with some, like the Ford Mustang Mach-E, reaching 336 miles.
When you’re planning a long journey, you can take advantage of the UK’s 30,000 public chargers. Of which over 7,000 are rapid or ultra-rapid charger points that can charge an EV in 20 – 40 minutes.
Corporate social responsibility
If you run a business, here’s your reason to switch to an electric car or van. Consumers are increasingly aware of how eco-friendly businesses are. In fact, a recent YouGov study found that 52% of UK adults are influenced by how eco-conscious a brand is. Meanwhile, 21% stated they have actually stopped purchasing from a brand after having concerns over how environmentally friendly they are.
Whether you’re able to switch a few of your commercial vehicles over to electric ones, or just install EV charge points at your locations. Having a clean, green business will increase business.
Buy an electric vehicle today
Are you ready to buy an electric vehicle? Here at EV Sales, we have a selection of new and used all-electric vehicles available. We stock small electric cars, like the Renault Zoe, as well as fan favourite Teslas. We also have a few different electric vans available, including the Vauxhall Vivaro-e and Renault Kangoo.
You can arrange a viewing for any of our vehicles by giving our team a call on 01634 914 063 or emailing us at email@example.com. All of our EVs come with a one month warranty for your security and we offer UK home delivery!
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* All information correct as of 18/05/2022.