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What are the economic benefits of running on electric?

With today’s New Nissan Leaf having an average range of 160 miles from full charge, and the Nissan EV200 average of 127 miles between charges, ‘range anxiety’ associated with owning an electric vehicle is becoming a thing of the past. But, should you need to plan those occasional longer journeys, websites and apps such as ZapMap will direct you to your nearest public charging station.

“Once you’ve got used to living with an electric car, most people say they’d never go back to a conventional one. You are driving the future,” says Melanie Shufflebotham who runs NextGreenCar, a website dedicated to low-carbon vehicles. An enthusiastic Nissan Leaf owner, she says improvements to the charging infrastructure, a greater awareness of the benefits of going electric in cities, and the fact that the technology is now proven have all allowed electric cars to move into the mainstream. (Guardian Online)

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Maintenance Free

And electric cars are virtually maintenance-free: There is no oil to change, no radiator to flush, no transmission to service, no spark plugs to change and no fuel system to adjust, and because they produce no exhaust fumes, they are exempt from road tax.

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Financial benefits

  • Pay less when you buy an ultralow emission vehicle with a Plug-in Grant
  • Free supply and installation of your home charge point when you buy your new Nissan Leaf from Fred Coupe
  • Fully charge your electric car for between £2 and £4 (Source: Energy Saving Trust)
  • Spend less time and money on servicing a car with fewer moving parts
  • Get from A to B for as little as 2-3p per mile in an electric vehicle (rather than 12-15p per mile for a petrol or diesel car)
  • Zero Vehicle Excise Duty for electric vehicles costing less than £40,000 new

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