Reasons to drive electric… ( text from the super cool Drive Electric folk )

If you’re looking at electric cars, environmental impact is probably high on your list of priorities. There are plenty of benefits of making the switch to driving an electric vehicle (EV). The positive impact on our environment is one of the biggest and best, especially if you have a business that runs a fleet of vehicles. Here we look at how and why EVs can play a major role in your company fleet.

Are electric cars better for the environment?

In short, yes. Right across the world, we’ve finally realised that carbon emissions are harming our planet. That’s why the UK Government has banned the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030. Fully electric vehicles are zero-emission and their batteries can be charged using renewable energy. This is cleaner and better for the environment than producing petrol and diesel. They are also much more efficient with the energy they do use compared to an internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle.

New EVs are usually brimming with technology such as regenerative braking, which allows them to be more efficient and use less energy. The UK also hopes to connect more and more EVs to the electricity grid to share power at peak times, in something called vehicle to grid charging (V2G). This will allow the grid to draw renewable energy from cars and vans which are plugged in, with their batteries replenished when energy is cleaner at off-peak times.

Frequently asked questions …

What is regenerative braking?

Regenerative braking is built into all electric vehicles and is a feature that helps you maximise range, and makes the process of braking less wasteful. When you raise or take your foot off the accelerator in an EV the regenerative braking will start to slow the car down before you touch the brake pedal, and harvests the energy from doing so, storing it in your electric car’s (or van’s) battery. In comparison – a combustion engine car’s brakes convert kinetic energy into wasted heat to slow the vehicle.

You quickly get used to ‘regen’ although in some vehicles you can adjust the regenerative braking setting to be more or less restrictive depending on your preferred driving style, the Hyundai IONIQ and Kona for example have paddles on the sides of the steering wheel which adjust this setting.

Are EVs suitable for business use?

Business vehicle leasing has become extremely popular. As well as the environmental side, EVs are more sustainable than ever in terms of the economical side of running both large and small companies. Lower leasing costs play a huge role in this, with more competition and higher demand helping to drive down the cost of leasing an electric car or van.

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