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Driving electric

Why electric driving is the right choice

You may have noticed that more and more electric cars are appearing on the streets. This makes sense, because electric driving offers nothing but advantages – both for the planet and for you as a driver. Here are the main advantages:

Seven reasons to switch to electric driving

Seven reasons to switch to electric driving

  1.  
    Ultimate driving pleasure

    Once you’ve been behind the wheel of an EV, you’re guaranteed to love it. The car makes virtually no noise, which is very pleasant for both you and the lucky passengers who get to ride along. In addition, the electric motor is usually more powerful than a non-electric car's internal combustion engine and all this power is immediately available, resulting in truly dynamic driving pleasure.

    Driving an electric car is fun, easy and special because you only have to use one pedal. And you don't have to shift gears either – every electric car drives automatically. In most cases, you can also control the car's heating remotely, so you can keep warm in winter and cool in summer.

    Electric vehicles are also much quieter, which results in lower driver stress levels. In most cases, the experience of driving an electric car is enough to convince someone of the advantages of going electric.

  2.  
    Sustainability

    Switching to electric is clearly better for the environment. As they don't produce exhaust fumes, electric cars contribute to better air quality and have lower CO2 emissions than petrol or diesel cars. Even if an electric car is charged with non-renewable energy during its entire life cycle, it will always be more sustainable than a similar car with an internal combustion engine.

  3.  
    Range

    Electric cars have an ever-increasing range that is far enough for most drivers' everyday use without having to recharge on the road. The latest generation of electric cars offers a realistic range of between 300 and 500 km. Even travelling south on holiday is no longer a problem.

    The charging networks are expanding rapidly and the technology is becoming increasingly efficient (leading to shorter charging times). With a minimum of planning (many EVs do that all by themselves, by the way) you will reach your destination with ease. In other words, there is no longer any reason to be afraid of not reaching your destination (goodbye, range anxiety)!

  4.  
    Choice

    The number of electric brands and models available is increasing all the time. There are plenty of options available already, with more and more new models entering the market all the time. Car manufacturers are investing more in electric cars, with virtually all major brands planning to offer one or more electric models.

  5.  
    More affordable

    Electric cars are usually more expensive to buy than conventional models, but the difference is quickly made up once they are in use. For example, an EV requires less maintenance, while the cost of electricity is much lower than diesel or petrol prices. In addition, electric cars require less maintenance, which also saves a lot of money.

    This is because an electric motor has fewer moving parts than an internal combustion engine. The architecture is also much simpler and therefore less prone to wear and tear. In other words: no more oil or air filters, spark plugs, drive belts or clutches to replace or oil to change. And since electric cars are equipped with a regenerative braking system (actually a motor brake), there is also less brake wear than in a conventional vehicle.

  6.  
    Tax advantage

    In Belgium, all tax rules are currently linked to CO2 emissions, so electric cars are particularly beneficial for tax purposes. Depending on the region where you live, you pay no road tax (in Flanders) or the minimum only (in Brussels and Wallonia). You also pay significantly less for the benefit in kind than for petrol or diesel. Are you self-employed? If so, the purchase of your car and charging station and the electricity you use for charging are 100% tax-deductible!

  7.  
    Guaranteed access to low-emission zones

    Cities are keeping combustion engine cars away from their centres because of the harmful air pollution they cause. Over 200 cities, including London, Amsterdam, Stuttgart and Stockholm, have already introduced low-emission zones.

    In Belgium, the most polluting internal combustion engine cars are now also banned in Brussels, Antwerp and Ghent. Electric cars ensure access to these low-emission zones.

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