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How eco-friendly are electric vehicles?

Electric vehicles (EVs) are said to be the future of sustainable transportation, but how eco-friendly are they exactly? Popular for their fuel efficiency, EVs can be a cost-effective way to reduce your expenses and a greener initiative aimed to protect the environment.

The EV market is booming. According to research, electric passenger car sales increased by 186% in 2020 and today there are an estimated 370,000 EVs on the road in the UK and 710,000 plug-in hybrids.

In this blog, we’ve rounded up the key benefits of electric vehicles and how they are a cleaner alternative compared to conventional cars, as well as how they can benefit your business:

1. No fuel = no emissions

EVs have no tailpipe, so they don’t emit any exhaust gases. This helps reduces local air pollution, particularly in congested cities.

Since no petrol or diesel is required in an electric vehicle, you can significantly reduce your carbon footprint and protect the planet. At the end of June 2021, there were 39.2 million licensed vehicles in the UK, but roughly 300,000 of these were EVs.

2. Reduced noise pollution

EVs are much quieter than traditional cars on petrol or diesel. The only sounds electric vehicles usually make are caused by the tyres or by the wind resistance.

Some may argue there are even too quiet so to prevent any accidents, there are electric warning sounds which are now compulsory in all electric vehicles as a safety measure to alert pedestrians when the drivers are reversing or travelling at a low speed.

3. Low maintenance

While diesel or petrol cars require expensive maintenance once the engine gets broken, an electric car doesn’t require the same maintenance. The engine of an EV has less than 20 moving parts compared to hundreds of moving parts in a traditional engine. As a result, there are less risks for the engine to break down and the costs are far lower for an electric vehicle.

It’s been reported that by 2030, those living and working in the North-West will be a quarter more dependent on the electricity network due to their shift towards more sustainable technologies. Read more in our previous blog here.

In conclusion, electric vehicles are a more environmentally-friendly way to travel and eco-conscious people are pushing towards EVs being the go-to option.

Are you thinking about making the switch to an electric vehicle? We can help you with that. Get in touch with our team today and we’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.


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