EV: A beginner’s guide to electric driving

August 4, 2020

How EVs make a world of difference

We all want to do our part to help save the planet, but most of us don’t know where to start. After all, what difference can one person really make, in the face of the current climate crisis? Well, actually, a LOT! Every action each one of us takes has a cumulative effect—so, instead of getting overwhelmed by all the things we can’t do, let’s focus on one thing we can—choosing which car to drive.

Choosing an electric vehicle over a conventional petrol/diesel car makes a world of difference in your carbon footprint, not to mention your health and budget. Here are a few more reasons why becoming a plug-in driver is a smart first step towards saving the planet.

 

Good for the planet

Electricity is a form of renewable energy, so you won’t be expending limited resources, like fossil fuels, to power your electric vehicle. And even when you take the electricity generation into account, EVs are still greener than petrol or diesel cars. Plug-in hybrids produce significantly less greenhouse gas exhaust emissions as well, and pure EVs don’t produce any emissions at all. So, switching to an electric vehicle definitely helps you reduce your carbon footprint, which is good for the planet. You can also recycle the engine (or battery) of an electric car, which reduces the need for production – which in turn lowers the overall damage done to the environment. Also, more eco-friendly production methods and materials make some EVs even more attractive.

For example, the Nissan Leaf manufacturers upcycled water bottles, plastic bags, old car parts, and even second-hand home appliances into its interior and exterior, making it even more environmentally friendly.

 

Good for your body

But an EV doesn’t just have an impact on global factors. Electric mobility is also the 'healthy choice' for your body and budget. Reduced harmful exhaust emissions mean improved air quality, good not only for you but also for everyone else who breathes. Plus, EVs are structurally safer than conventional cars, and also less likely to catch fire, explode, or roll over.

 

Good for your budget

On average, it costs half as much to travel the same distance in an EV than a conventional vehicle. Electricity is less expensive than petrol, and EVs are more efficient than conventional vehicles. Plus, the cost of electricity is generally much more stable than fuel prices. Some of the latest EVs can drive over 200 miles on a single charge.

And while EVs can be more expensive to purchase than conventional petrol/diesel cars, you can lease one for an affordable, fixed monthly fee.

Not only will you save time and money by not stopping at the petrol station each week you can also help save the planet.