If you are asking yourself this question, then please consider your next car to be an electric vehicle (EV).
2017 was a breakthrough year for the EV industry. Many of the major governments across the world made commitments to the future ban of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. In the UK this is happening in 2040, and even sooner in Scotland, with a date of 2032 announcing by the First Minister.
Fantastic news for people who care about the environment and people’s health (World Health Organization reports that in 2012 around 7 million people died - one in eight of total global deaths – as a result of air pollution exposure).
Political will and intervention is to be applauded but we also need the market to take the initiative. And 2017 was also an important year for the markets too, with all of the major car manufacturers making a commitment to EVs.
2017 was also the year for the US release of Tesla’s Model 3 - predicted by many to be a gamechanger in the EV industry. It’s the first truly affordable mass production EV, with a range over 200 miles. And by the early customer reviews online, it’s every bit as good as the expectations.
What does this mean for 2018?
Lots of choice. Range getting better. EVs are more affordable.
In the early days there was very limited choice if you wanted a plug-in car. Many of the models opted for styling that wasn’t to everyone’s taste. For example the very successful first generation Nissan Leaf still divides opinion, perhaps this is why the 2018 model has been restyled and looks great (IMO).
The Tesla Model 3 will also be coming to the UK in 2018. BMW are bringing out an i3s to go with their already successful i3. Jaguar are releasing the hotly anticipated I-PACE in the second half of 2018. And Volvo have made a commitment that all of their models with have an electric propulsion by 2019. Volkswagen have said they will offer electric versions of all their vehicles by 2030.
There are some really interesting and innovative models coming out in the near future, including the Fisker EMotion, Faraday Future FF91 and the Byton, which was recently unveiled at the CES 2018.
The Byton features a 50” dash screen display and is fully equipped for autonomous driving, reflected in the lounge-like styling of the car’s interior. We are a few years off that scenario, but the multitude of new and interesting concepts being developed does provide a glimpse into the future.
One concept car that will definitely be coming out in the near future is the Honda Urban EV. This has got to be one of my favourite EV concepts I’ve seen and it took the Frankfurt Motor Show by storm when it was unveiled in September 2017. It will be available in Europe in 2019.
So, what one to go for?
There are now over 40 different EV models available to buy in the UK, so take your time in selecting the right model for you. You’ll need to weigh up how much range you think you’ll need. You may be surprised - it is usually much less than you think! (the average individual journey length in the UK is 7.1 miles and the average total daily distance travelled is 25 miles. In fact 36% of people in the UK never travel further than 80 miles*). A significant number of journeys can easily be made using most of the EVs on the market at the moment.
I recommend you check out nextgreencar.com it’s a great website for learning about EVs and has some useful tools to compare the various models available.
And once you have your shiny new EV…
Make sure you get yourself a home charger installed as this will cater for the majority of your electricity needs.
But if you want to see more public chargers in your area and would like to charge for FREE, just drop us a message and tell us where you would like to see an EVision charger installed.
*UK Office for National Statistics.