Following the announcement in November 2020 that new petrol and diesel vehicles will no longer be sold in the UK after 2030, the EV transformation has experienced a rapid gain in momentum. According to Next Green Car, at the end of May 2021, there were 260,000 electric cars on UK roads and more than 535,000 plug-in models, including plug-in hybrids. It’s clear that consumer attitudes towards electric vehicles are shifting and performance improvements continue with respect to range, performance, and reliability in response to growing demand.
Can Your EV Go the Distance?
Range anxiety is one of the key barriers to EV adoption, but developments in EV battery technology are accelerating even more quickly than the cars to which they are fitted. Thanks to growing investment, a variety of models are now capable of covering more than 200 miles between charges, making the EV a practical option for a range of lifestyles.
The Tesla Model S has been the undisputed range king for an impressive length of time, and the latest version extends this lead even further with an estimated 405 miles of range!
EV Prices Fall as Battery Tech Improves
EVs have a reputation for being dearer than their traditional internal combustion engine counterparts but, thanks to technological improvements, this gap is closing every day. EVs are already cheaper to own and operate than their petrol-based equivalents due to savings from fuel and maintenance and the reduction in retail electric vehicle prices is therefore enabling them to compete more directly in the global auto industry.
Charging in Progress
With increasing consumer demand, and greater availability, EV sales are growing strongly in parallel to the development of charging infrastructure. The UK Government has pledged to invest over £500 million in rapid charging infrastructure from 2020 to 2025, with the objective being to ensure that drivers are never more than 30 miles from a rapid charging point.
The past year has seen a dramatic increase in the number of EV charge points in keeping with the Government’s objective. Public charge points can be found in locations such as motorway service stations, supermarkets and retail developments, and private sector innovation and investment is also picking up speed thanks to the introduction of incentives such as the Workplace Charging Scheme, which enables businesses to receive support to significantly reduce the cost of installing up to 40 charge points.
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