You may be considering buying an electric vehicle for economic factors (lower running costs to a conventional vehicle), or because of their environmental friendliness: they produce no tailpipe emissions. Technically, electric cars are not pollution-free; the amount of pollution they produce depends on how the electricity used to charge them is generated. Even so, electric cars are responsible for significantly less pollution than cars powered by traditional fossil fuels. As electricity can be produced in so many different ways, they are not reliant on a non-renewable energy source like oil. And since most houses are wired for electricity, electric car owners can refuel at home.

Electric vehicles will not only help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change, but also help improve local air quality and therefore public health and wellbeing.

Government investment is helping to make electric vehicles more accessible to the British public with the UK plug-in car grant being available until 2020. You can claim grants of up to £3500 to purchase an EV, If it’s a electric commercial vehicle you’re after, you can claim a grant for up to 20% of the price, to a maximum of £8,000.

The upsides of EV ownership goes beyond economy and ecology. Electric motors produce a smooth, even, and near-silent flow of power, and they accelerate with surprising swiftness.

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