I’ve been thinking lately about the ways in which I can personally act to improve the impact myself and my family have on the environment. I do a lot of travel most of which is work related and although I use public transport where available it isn’t always practical which means that my car emissions are contributing hugely to my carbon footprint. One of the ways I know I could reduce this is by looking at electric cars for our next family vehicle.
Reservations about Electric Cars?
I’ve always liked the appeal of electric cars but with it being a relatively new concept I definitely had reservations. “How reliable are they? How much will it cost? What if I want to do a long journey – where would I charge the car?” Replacing our family car with something so different would be a huge decision which is why I haven’t made the change yet, however, electric cars are becoming much more popular and affordable. With the increase in availability of electric vehicles, it means that charging points are also more accessible. For example, NewMotion is Europe’s largest electric charging partner and they have over 50,000 charging locations in 22 different countries. This means a NewMotion ChargePoint is always close by.
Knowing that charge points are more and more accessible reassures me that I could still do long distance journeys without restriction.
Why go Electric?
Help the Environment
Electric cars produce far less pollution than a petrol or diesel car which means making the change would be helping the environment. Ultimately, we are all responsible for the impact our ‘lifestyle’ has on the world around us and being more conscious of this means that we can have a positive impact on the planet. This also sets a great example for our children and future generations.
Who doesn’t want to save money each week? I despise filling up my car and seeing the price of fuel today especially when it was a fraction of the current price years ago. The great thing is that running an electric car is far cheaper than a fuel based vehicle when you look at the cost of a full charge with that of a comparable tank of fuel. You also don’t have the worry or expense of oil changes and electric cars often require far less repairs or part replacements when compared to a fuel based vehicle.
It’s the Future
The population of electric vehicles is on the increase and car manufacturers seem to really be on board to embrace the change. It’s evident that in the future electric vehicles will be the more favourable choice and I don’t think it will be long before they outnumber that of fuel based cars.
Could you go Electric?
I love the idea of saving money whilst also contributing towards cutting down my car emissions. Admittedly I was sceptical that an electric car wouldn’t be a suitable family car option and I anticipated that I would be restricted to major city driving when I really need to be able to drive across country. It’s simply not the case though as the number of charge points is increasing rapidly making an electric car an easy and sustainable choice.
Would you ever consider an electric car?