9 February 2018

Should We Opt For An Electric Car?

I'd say that for about the last ten years or so myself and the wife have always made sure we have bought a brand new car whenever the opportunity arises.
The main reason for this is that after three or four years we always had the opportunity to trade it in for another new one.

We realise that this may work out quite expensive but because we have had so many negative experiences buying second-hand cars when it comes down to having them MOT'd, not to mention all of the upkeep and seemingly endless maintenance costs they required due to their age - it just never seemed worth it.

We are now going into the third year of having our current car and are really struggling with what to choose next.

Over the years we have had a mixture of petrol and diesel cars and we've liked both for different reasons.
We've found that the newer, lower emission cars have saved us money each month with their zero tax costs - a saving which was very welcome to discover.

 So with this in mind, it will come as no surprise that lately we have actually talked about the possibility of owning an electric car and we are thinking about heading down that route next.

We are both used to going to a petrol station on payday and filling the car up so we have a full tank to hopefully last us the month - it usually works too unless, of course, we head out on a few family days which are usually a little further afield than planned for.

 Would this be the same scenario with an electric car though and how do you and where do you even fill them up (charge them?)

Well I did a little research and there are 3462 New Motion charge points throughout the UK and I'm sure as more and more people begin turning to electric cars the more charge points will be popping up.

I know the price of an electric car is considerably higher than a fuel-powered car but do the savings on things like charging it and having to pay tax dividends work out in the long run?

This is a tough one because if you don't have the funds to purchase an electric car in the first place then the future savings kind of get overlooked. 

I know the last car we had was so eco-friendly that we didn't have to pay tax on it at all and it made a massive difference not having to fork out a lump sum every twelve months for it.

I've only ever been a passenger in an electric car and it was quite strange actually - it felt almost like I was floating around due it being so quiet and really quick but does this quickness and quietness outweigh the higher purchase costs?

Does being cheaper to operate outweigh long refuelling times?

I also know that the range and style are quite limited at the moment with the electric cars but after browsing the internet I did find some lovely looking ones - especially the BMWi8

It kind of looks like a car from the future and I could definitely see myself driving around town in one of these...sadly though it is way, way out of my price range - but I can dream, right?

I'm definitely confused on the whole is an electric car better debate and I'm 100% going to be doing a lot more research into this.
I do have another year or so before I have to make up my mind anyway - time will tell.


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