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Five ways to save with Electric Vehicles

Posted on April 27, 2018 at 12:00PM - by EVision - The Latest EV News


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All the vehicles in the EVision fleet are 100% electric and therefore don’t create any harmful emissions. A recent study carried out by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and The Norwegian Meteorological Institute has shown the real impact on health that is a direct cause of diesel emissions from cars. It is estimated that over 5,000 deaths are caused each year in Europe by emissions, with that total being closer to 10,000 when including vans, lorries and other diesel vehicles. Alarmingly, the UK is third on the list of EU countries for producing the highest amount harmful emissions. Experts claim that around 7,500 lives could be saved each year if people switched to using electric vehicles instead of vehicles that run on conventional fuels.

Many people are aware that electric vehicles are cheaper to charge than the cost of filling up a petrol or diesel vehicle. However, it will come as a surprise to many to find out just how much cheaper it actually is. The cost of electricity to charge an EVision BMW i3, for example, is £7.40 for 200 miles of charging. The cost of fuel for a BMW 1 series, the closest comparable car in BMW’s conventional fuel range, would cost £26.20 for 200 miles worth of fuel. Choosing the BMW i3 over the BMW 1 series would save you £940 for every 10,000 miles travelled. Electric vehicles are becoming more and more popular for people commuting to or travelling around London. The train and tube stations are often extremely crowded at peak times, and cancellation of services is a common occurrence which makes travelling by car a more convenient option. The further advantage that an electric car will have over a car running on conventional fuels is that there is no Congestion Charge or T-Charge to pay for electric vehicles. Both of these charges are based on the emissions of the vehicle. As electric vehicles produce no emissions they are exempt from having to pay.

By far the biggest concern that people have about electric vehicles is how far they can travel on a single charge, something which is known as ‘Range Anxiety’. Having spoken to people about electric cars myself, I have found that the general understanding of the range in electric cars is very outdated. Battery technology has come on leaps and bounds in a very short space of time with more and more experts working on improving battery technology even further. An EVision Tesla Model S P100D, for example, has a real world range of over 300 miles. A Tesla group in Italy has even managed to get 670 miles on a single charge in a Tesla Model S P100D. As battery technology continues to develop, a range of 600 miles and further will start to become standard, and the pace of development leads me to believe that we will not have to wait too long before this happens.

The number of electric vehicles on the road is growing at a lightning pace. In order to provide a reliable on-road charging network it has been necessary for the charging infrastructure to grow as well. The number of charge points in the UK has more than doubled in the last four years and there are many more charging stations being built. As well as private companies expanding their network of charging stations, the National Grid are also working with a third party in order to massively expand the number of charge points throughout the UK Highways system. In contrast, the number of petrol and diesel fueling stations is decreasing as more and more people move away from conventional fuels. There has been a decline of 75% in the number of fueling stations in the last 40 years, a pattern that is likely to continue as we move towards a total ban on new petrol and diesel vehicles by the year 2040.