Electric driving is here to stay

From fringe to mainstream

February 26, 2020

Over the past decade, electric driving has officially evolved from the fringes into the mainstream. As air quality in our cities deteriorates and we are increasingly confronted by the consequences of climate change in the form of forest fires, floods, and hurricanes, the time has come for governments, companies and individuals globally to start living in a more sustainable way. Luckily the technology enabling a fossil-free lifestyle has developed so fast that soon ‘electric’ will be how we all live and work, regardless of income, geography or lifestyle.

 

Change is coming

There are many benefits to electric driving; electric cars are easier to maintain, cost far less to refuel than gasoline guzzlers and emit zero greenhouse gasses that contribute to global warming. Not only are governments actively promoting electric mobility through tax incentives for drivers and CO2 regulations for companies, but consumers are also choosing electric. Companies transitioning to an electric fleet are not only lowering their carbon footprint but also improving their reputation as a responsible actor in the community and become a more attractive place for increasingly climate-conscious young talent to work.

 

Range galore

When electric cars first came on to the market around the turn of the 21st Century, there was a lot of drama around “range anxiety” – the fear of the battery running out before you can reach a charging point. But over the past two decades as technology and infrastructure have rapidly improved, it turns out that range anxiety is a virtually non-existent problem. According to studies, the average annual mileage for private drivers in the US in 2018 was 13,500 miles, which is approximately just under 37 miles a day. The new compact 100% electric Nissan Leaf for example has a range of up to 226 miles, which is more than enough for most drivers.

It's all about the money

"Ten or even five years ago, electric driving seemed out of reach for anyone not earning a 6 figure salary. Today, there is an electric car to fit every budget, from zippy city cars like the Mini Cooper SE or Nissan Leaf, to big luxury electric Sedans like the Porsche Taycan. Additionally, most governments offer subsidies to purchase or lease electric vehicles.
But it’s in the daily running costs where electric vehicles really outshine their combustion engine cousins. Not only do EV’s have lower road taxes and sidestep urban congestion and emission zone charges, electric engines have fewer moving parts, which saves 20-30% on servicing and maintenance costs compared with a petrol or diesel car. And best of all, mileage costs are significantly lower. Depending on your electricity tariff, plugging in will save drivers 50 - 70% in refuelling costs.

Whether you’re looking for your next family car or to expand your company’s corporate fleet, going electric has never been easier! As car manufacturers race to release new models every other week.

Whether you’re looking for your next family car or to expand your company’s corporate fleet, going electric has never been easier! As car manufacturers race to release new models every other week.