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Electric Vehicles vs Diesel in 2017

8 Dec , 2017  

It appears that electric cars are creating quite the spark amongst consumers in 2017. The sale of diesel has plummeted by one-third, whilst the sale of alternatively fuelled vehicles has risen by 36.9% in October.

This is the sharpest decline for diesel since the financial crisis, signalling that reputation is at an all-time low. In addition to this, the Government’s announcement of their plans to ban the sale of petrol and diesel by 2040 has certainly accelerated the green car revolution.

 

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Incentives

It is understandable why motorists are leaving diesel and opting for electric vehicles when you look at the incentives available.

You can receive a Government grant when you buy electric, there is no road tax and the running costs are low, but for diesel, you could face new charges like the T-Charge in coming years.

In addition to this, the technology is constantly improving and there are some brilliant electric cars of all shapes and sizes now on the market.

 

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What is Stopping People Switching?

It is clear that the public is beginning to make the switch, but electric vehicles currently only account for 4.2% of new vehicle registrations. So, what is stopping more people from making the switch?

A survey carried out by OVO looked into this and found that the primary reason was a supposed lack of charging points. However, the survey showed that Brits significantly underestimated how many there are.

On average, they thought there were just 2,812 charging points, but there are actually 13,629 with this number increasing each month – it is said that charging points will outnumber petrol stations by 2020.

 

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The second main reason for people hesitating was that electric cars are expensive. Although it is true that many come with a large price-tag, there are some that are more affordable with starting costs of around £14,000.

Additionally, they are four times cheaper to drive than petrol and diesel, you pay no road tax, there is a grant of up to £4,000 to buy one and another grant of up to £500 for a home charging point. This means that you can quickly recoup the cost and they are much cheaper in the long run.

The same survey showed that despite a few different reasons, 87% of the people questioned would purchase one and 79% were concerned about their environmental footprint. With the clean air plans, Government incentives, improving technology and more charging points, it is easy to see more and more people making the switch in the near future.

 

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Michael Fennel works as a journalist for a publishing company and loves technology and cars. He has been writing about everything gear related for five years and would like to become a racing driver.