One advantage of driving electric is the reduction in noise pollution compared to petrol and diesel vehicles, which can be greatly beneficial to both residential and city centre areas. Electric vehicles are now required by law to have an Acoustic Vehicle Alert System (AVAS) which is designed to emit an artificial sound in order to signal their presence to pedestrians when making manoeuvres such as reversing or when travelling below 12mph.
Fully Electric Vehicles can be powered by 100% renewable energy, which is a crucial step towards decarbonisation. Fully Electric Vehicles also have no tailpipe, meaning they don't emit any exhaust gases, which reduces local air pollution, especially in congested cities.
Discounts on Congestion Charges
Many areas across the country are introducing 'Clean Air Zones' which charge a fee in order to discourage polluting vehicles from travelling in certain areas. Another benefit is that Electric Vehicles are exempt from these charges.
Improved Driving Experience
Electric Vehicles provide instant torque from the electric motor, giving high and responsive acceleration. Regenerative breaking when easing off the accelerator feeds energy back into the battery adding to the efficiency.
Finally, the weight and distribution of the batteries and low centre of gravity benefits handling, comfort and safety.
Designated Parking is designed to help encourage electric driving. Priority or dedicated parking bays often have convenient access for those with electric vehicles.
Those who drive an electric vehicle can benefit from government grants towards the cost of installing a charge point and up to £3,000 off the price when buying your electric vehicle*
Cheaper to run
Electric Vehicles are significantly cheaper to run compared to Diesel or Petrol Vehicles. Although they may be more expensive to purchase, it costs less to power your vehicle with electricity than with fossil fuels.
An ICE is an Internal Combustion Engine.
Rather than referring to a type of car, the term ICE refers to the engine itself. All Petrol and Diesel Cars (non BEV, PHEV, HEV) have an internal combustion engine (ICE). This engine has powered cars for more than 100 years.
ICE was invented in 1859 and has been successfully powering cars for all this time. However, this has unfortunately contributed to the cause of air pollution and global warming. ICE vehicles, using petrol and diesel, burn fossil fuels and this has been a contributing factor.
Although ICE is the most popular vehicle choice, some consumers are starting to become aware of this and are wanting to change to Electric Vehicles.