Electric car searches soar 91% amid fuel crisis


In recent days, searches for electric cars have reached an all-time high (+ 91%) as the nation lined up on forecourt to buy gasoline, despite assurances there would be no fuel rationing.

Search by energy team at Uswitch can reveal that in the past 24 hours there has been 91% more searches for electric cars, with Cheshire drivers searching the most.

But with many drivers nervous about buying an electric vehicle (EV), the Uswitch team put together a 10-point checklist with all the things to consider when buying your. first VE:

In 2020, a total of 59,945 electric vehicles (EVs) were registered, a 27% increase from the previous year, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Usswitch 10-point checklist for buying an electric vehicle

  1. Car Model: Just like buying a gasoline or diesel car, size and fit should be the primary consideration when looking to purchase an electric vehicle. If you make a lot of short trips and need to be able to park in small spaces, your car model should take this into account.
  2. How much will it cost to insure? Before committing to an EV, be sure to check the insurance costs. New data from insurer LV = says some electric car models are cheaper to insure than other conventionally powered models. The cost of insurance should therefore not be an obstacle. In addition to checking your insurance with comparison sites like Uswitch, some manufacturers have agreements with certain insurers, like Tesla and Direct Line.
  3. Battery life: The range of electric vehicles has improved significantly and many models can travel 200-250 miles and some more than 300 on a single charge. For example, a charge between 30 and 40 minutes can allow you to recharge to 80% (about 200 miles). When shopping for your EV, make sure you know how long and how often you will need to charge it and if that fits your lifestyle.
  4. Battery health: We are seeing an increasing amount of used electric vehicles entering the market, which is great news for those shopping on a budget. But, it’s worth inquiring about the manufacturer’s warranty on the battery (as many offer long warranties).
  5. Are you planning to buy or lease your new electric vehicle? : Whichever way you choose to finance your electric vehicle, make sure you’ve planned your budget carefully – and stick to it. There are some great deals to be had with manufacturers and resellers, so don’t be afraid to haggle to make your purchase as affordable as possible.
  6. EV experience: Have you never driven an EV? It may be a good idea to rent before you get started. This way, you will have hands-on experience with the car and can really understand if it is the right vehicle for you.
  7. Home charging: Government research shows that around 80% of all electric vehicle charging is done at home, you will therefore need to include a charging station in your budget.
  8. Public charging infrastructure: There are around 25,000 public charging points and you can find the nearest one using a website like Zap Map. Check your busiest trips to see if there are charging points along the way, in case of an emergency.
  9. Benefits in terms of savings: From road tax to clean air zones, there are serious savings to be made, which can be reinvested in other areas of your purchase, such as a higher quality vehicle or installation from your own EV charging station at home.
  10. Environmental benefits: Electric vehicles are so clean that they don’t even have an exhaust system. This means that they do not emit pollutants such as CO2, nitrogen oxides and particulates. The only caveat here is that cobalt and lithium batteries must be mass produced in factories and produce toxic waste that must be disposed of responsibly.

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