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Electric Cars: The Real of Buying!

Welcome to the second of our series of blog posts on cars. This week, be looking at the cost of electric car In future posts, we’ll be posing questions on the costs of electric cars and on maintenance of the giving you the full picture on the of ownership and how this compares to cars.

As always, there is time to add your questions to be in our remaining blog posts of the so add your questions to our list .

back next week, or up for automatic updates using the Blog Via Email’ link on the of this page, when be bringing you answers to a range of on the costs of electric car purchase and

As with last week’s we’ve again spoken to Phil Blythe , Professor of Transport Systems and Director of the Operations Research Group and put your questions to him. how that conversation went.


Dr Sarah Sweeney, Administrator, NIReS: Thanks for down with us again, and answering more of our questions on cars.

Professor Phil No problem at all. What’s the this week?

Sarah: like to move on to looking at the of owning an electric car, as is undoubtedly one of the main issues puts a lot of people off. So, of all, are electric cars a lot expensive than conventional or diesel cars to buy?

At the moment, the simple answer is but this is always the case new technologies. Electric cars have a high purchase and, as they are so new, are very few second-hand purchase The general consensus is that it take a very long for the cheaper running costs to the expensive purchase price.

is a £5,000 government subsidy to those in the UK wishing to purchase an car though and, as more come on to the prices will drop and second-hand vehicles will available, so the situation will over the next few years.

Sarah: So, if you decided to take the and buy one, what about the running costs? Does it out much cheaper to run an electric car a petrol or diesel car?

Yes, running costs are much cheaper. Comparing an vehicle (EV) doing miles a year to a petrol saves more than is because electricity is cheaper petrol and not subject to fuel plus electric cars are efficient than their equivalents. In addition, servicing and is minimal as there are fewer parts in an electric motor only part which require maintenance is the batteries) if you live in London, electric are exempt from the congestion

Sarah: So that’s good What about road Do EV owners have to pay the same?

No, in fact, electric vehicles are from road tax, due to low emissions, so this also contribute to the £3,000 per year I mentioned.

Sarah: What insurance? For a lot of drivers in the UK, particularly drivers or those over a age, insurance is a significant of the cost of car ownership. How do electric compare to conventional vehicles on front?

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Phil: As electric cars are new, it can be slightly more to sort out insurance for them insurance companies may not have of the make or model). But this is and most major insurers are to insure them and you may even a discount. However, at present it generally seem to cost to insure an electric car than a one: this would to be due to the lack of statistics for electric involved in accidents, their acceleration, the high value of batteries (which could be as a target for thieves) and the assumed costs for repairs should the car be (this is partly due to expensive and partly due to the fact that not all may be suitably equipped to fix electric meaning dealerships are the most place for a repair job).

Sarah: So there seem to be a lot of to consider from a cost of view if thinking of buying an car. You mentioned earlier it’s generally thought as things stand, it will a while to recoup the purchase of an electric car. Do you have any on how long we’re talking

Phil: Obviously this depend on the model of electric car The Peugeot iOn, for example, now only £13,000; with the running costs of an electric car to save you £3000 per year, you break even after 3 or 4 But that assumes that comparing the cost of buying an car against not buying a car at all, for most people won’t be the so depending on which model of or diesel car you would otherwise be of buying, the time to recoup the in cost could be quite

  Then, obviously, once recouped your purchase (or the extra cost of going you’re going to see significant from that point

Sarah: You mentioned earlier one of the factors driving up the price of cars is the fact that only currently available new. If someone either afford a new car, or would not to suffer the depreciation on buying new, does that out a switch to electric cars for them?

Phil: Not necessarily, no. are an increasing number of car clubs in the UK and which seek to encourage to swap private car ownership for and use, as needed, of a fleet of A number of these clubs now have electric cars as of their fleet, or are investigating the use of EV so it’s probable that, in you wouldn’t need to buy an electric car in to be able to switch to an EV.

These also offer additional against private car ownership if your car usage isn’t heavy). It also works the way round: some of these allow private car owners to up to have their cars as part of the fleet, meaning when you don’t need car, you can recoup some by hiring it out. For example, in the East, we, as a University, have with Commonwheels Car Club to the use of an electric vehicle for University as part of their aim to roll out cars as part of their

Sarah: Fantastic, thanks We’ll have some questions for you and the team next on what it’s like to an electric car, if that’s OK?

Of course, see you then.


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