Is Electric right for me? Wondering if it’s the right time to switch to an electric vehicle? At Glyn Hopkin, we’re here to help.

Where is your main charge point?

Choosing an electric vehicle means considering a number of angles – not just the size of your budget. The location of your nearest charge point is a factor in your decision, since EVs need to be plugged in for the battery to charge. Let’s take a look in more detail.

Steady access to charging If you have steady access to charging, such as a private driveway at home or a designated parking spot at work, the EV world is your oyster and you can choose any powertrain that suits you best.
Occasional access to charging If you have only occasional access to charging, you may want to consider either an EV with a long range or a plug-in hybrid (PHEV). PHEVs in particular require less frequent charging, as they also have a combustion engine to support the electric motor.
Reliant on public charging If you’re reliant on public charging, you’ll likely only access it for a few hours. In this case, we recommend a PHEV, since they take less time to charge and you have can fall back on the combustion engine if the battery runs out of charge.

How far do you drive daily?

Another consideration when choosing an electric vehicle is how far you drive on a daily basis. If you tend to cover short distances in urban areas, an electric vehicle is perfect. Most EVs nowadays have at least a 150-mile range, so you’re also covered for less frequent medium to long distance trips.

If, however, you cover a lot of miles – for example, for work – then a PHEV may suit you better. These tend to offer exceptional range, as well as delivering zero-emissions driving in towns and cities.

The average electric car range The average electric car range in the UK is around 193 miles. So even if you’re covering 200-300 miles a week, an EV is ideal for your needs.
Plan Your Journey As with any trip, it’s advisable to plan your route in your electric vehicle before setting out. There are now over 21,000 locations across the UK with electric charging points, which means topping up is easy. Click below to view a map of public charging points along your route. View charging point map (external link to Zapmap)
Short trips Even if you’re setting out with a reasonable level of charge, it’s useful to know where your local top-up points are.

Medium trips Medium trips are more likely to require a recharge, so check out where the charging stations are along the way, and local costs for topping up.
Long trips On long journeys, it’s best to be aware of several locations along the way that offer recharging – and what the costs are.

Ownership

Owning an electric vehicle is much like owning a petrol or diesel model. Each manufacturer has guidelines on how often your car should be serviced, and many vehicles have an app that enables you to check on the status of various components remotely. This makes ownership simpler and more convenient than ever.

Cost of maintenance Maintenance costs are typically lower for electric vehicles, since they have fewer moving parts under the bonnet.
Government’s electric schemes The government offers grants to reduce the purchase price of some EVs, as well as funding to help certain homeowners install a charging point at their property. Chat to our team today to find out if you are eligible.
Cost of daily use Charging an electric car is significantly cheaper than refuelling a petrol or diesel model. Currently, you’ll pay between £15 and £30 for a full charge, depending on your make and model, and the type of charger you use.

The Electric Range

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    Kia EV6 This sleek, sophisticated EV has a taste for adventure, and offers a 328-mile range. View Model
    Fiat 500 Electric This popular hot hatch is greener than ever with a 199-mile range and zero emissions. View Model

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