Three-quarters of UK drivers would buy a used electric vehicle – so what should drivers consider when going electric?

Between the recent fuel crisis and COP26 climate summit, sustainability is increasingly on people’s lips, and with three-quarters of UK drivers wanting to buy a used electric car[1], many are considering a relatively new market – the used electric vehicle. A Bradford car retailer can vouch for the popularity, and here offers its top tips for drivers now looking to this mode of transport to help them play their role in the fight against the climate crisis.

Clive Brook, from Clive Brook Bradford on Canal Road, said: “A common misconception is that to own an electric car, you have to buy a brand-new one – when in fact, electrification technology has been growing in the UK motoring scene over the past decade and sales of used electric cars are at an all-time high.

“Below are our four most frequently asked questions from drivers who are unsure where to start their search on their journey to electrification.

1.Where will I plug it in?

“One of the most frequent questions we’re asked is where drivers can charge their car. Research by the Government found that around 80% of all electrical vehicle charging happens at home, so you may need to factor in a charging point into your budget.

“Ahead of the Government’s plan to end the sale of new pure petrol and diesel cars by 2030, all new-build houses in England from 2022 will be built with mandatory electric charging points, allowing homeowners to charge their cars whenever they choose. For those with an older property, the Government offers grants and incentives of up to £350 towards having an electric charging point installed.

“If you’re out on the road, there are currently more than 42,000 public charging points across the UK, many of which are at supermarkets, shopping centres, public car parks and service stations[2], making it easier than ever to charge your car while you go about your weekly business.”

2.How much do they cost to run?

“Just how petrol and diesel fuel costs a different amount depending on where you top up, so too do electric charging points. For a typical car with a 200-mile range, the average amount to charge from a home charging point is around £9.20[3]. Many charge points at supermarkets or car parks are free to use for the duration of your stay, while rapid charging points – which are normally found at motorway service stations – can cost around £6.50 for a 90-mile charge.

“When shopping for an electric car, it’s a good idea to think first about how you use your current car and what your driving habits are. Thinking about how long and how often you would need to charge your car will help you find the right EV with a range that fits in with your lifestyle.”

3.How long will the battery last?

“Electric car batteries are one of the main factors that make drivers reluctant to switch to an electric vehicle. Just like our smartphones, batteries undergo cycles of ‘discharge’. For an electric car, this occurs when charge is used during driving and when the car is then plugged in to charge the battery back up again. Over time, this repeated process can affect the amount of charge the battery can hold, which can decrease the range of the car, but also the time needed between each journey to charge. Current car batteries typically last between 10 and 20 years before they need to be replaced.”

4.Where can I buy a used electric car?

“We know that for many drivers, electric cars remain yet to be explored, but with three-quarters of UK drivers wanting to buy a used electric car[4], and the recent fuel crisis acting as a catalyst for many to make the switch, now is the perfect time to learn more about what the future of motoring entails.

For further information about Clive Brook Bradford email clive@clivebrook.co.uk or call 01274 802999.

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[1] Research undertaken by Motorparks in 2021

[2] Research undertaken by EF in 2021

[3] Average cost calculated by Pod Point

[4] Research undertaken by Motorparks in 2021