10 Things You Should Know About Electric Vehicles

It is well known that one of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint is to switch to electric transport, but did you know that you can travel over 200 miles on one charge, and there are over 330 charging points across Northern Ireland?

If you’re thinking of switching to an electric vehicle, already have one, or are just curious to see what all the excitement is about, read on for the top ten things you should know about electric vehicles.

You can travel over 200 miles on one charge

Most electric models now have a range of at least 200 miles on one charge so you no longer need to worry about range!

According to figures from Infrastructure NI, the average journey length in Northern Ireland is 6.8 miles, so you’ll be ready for the road at any time.

Government financial support is available for the purchase of electric vehicles and home charger installation

There are many financial incentives that come with the purchase of an electric vehicle, such as a government grant of £2,500 towards your new car and exemption from Vehicle Excise Duty.

The government will also contribute up to 75% of the cost of installing an electric vehicle charging point at your home through the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme.

There are 337 public charge points across Northern Ireland

As well as charging your electric vehicle at home, you can top up your tank at one of the 337 public charge points across Northern Ireland. Find your nearest point using this online map.

There are now more electric car charging points across the UK than there are petrol stations

In 2021, the number of electric vehicle charging points officially surpassed the number of fuel stations across the UK.

With almost 8500 charging locations and 8400 fuel stations, this gap will only continue to increase.

Electric vehicles come with the added benefit of lower running costs

In addition to government incentives, electric vehicles also have a lower running cost than traditional fuel-engine vehicles.

Electricity is much cheaper than petrol or diesel, and electric vehicles tend to require less maintenance, meaning your electric vehicle will cost you much less over the course of your ownership.

Electric vehicles are much quieter than traditional cars

Electric cars produce very little sound when running. Many new electric vehicle drivers report the experience as much more pleasant with the quiet engine making for a smoother ride.

While the majority of your charging can be done overnight at home, it’s easy and quick to top up during the day in as little as 20 minutes.

Recharge your electric vehicle while you recharge with a coffee or enjoy a catch-up with a friend!

Electric Vehicles can be charged in as little as 20 minutes

If you can’t yet switch completely to electric, consider trying a hybrid vehicle instead.

Hybrids are powered using both an internal combustion engine like traditional cars, and an electric motor. While it still produces some carbon, the emissions are much lower than with diesel or petrol cars.

Check out our full range of electric and hybrid vehicles to find a model that suits your needs.

The first electric car was built over 200 years ago

While electric vehicles may feel like a relatively new phenomenon, they have actually been around since the 1800s!

The first electric engine was invented by Robert Anderson in the 1830s, but it wasn’t until recent years that it began to gain traction as a viable mode of transport for the general public.

Electric vehicles are the future

Registrations of electric vehicles are on the rise, with a record number of 46,605 new registrations in the UK in September 2021 alone.

Electric vehicles are the future and will be a major contributor to reaching the UK goal of Net Zero by 2050.

Want to know more? We have a wealth of information on our site for battery electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids, as well as mild and self-charging hybrids, or you can find your nearest location where our sales team will be happy to assist you in finding the perfect electric vehicle.