If an e-bike isn’t the choice for you, then electric vehicles might be the green option for you. Electric vehicles are cheaper to run than conventional cars with lower fuel costs and no road tax. They are also better for the environment as they emit less carbon dioxide.
Where can I charge my electric vehicle?
Electric chargers are available throughout the borough and increasingly being installed at new sites across the UK. Please see www.zap-map.com for your nearest charging point.
Types of electric vehicle charging points?
- In general there are three types of charging points, based on the power output and charging time:
- Slow chargers (up to 3kW) are best for overnight charging and usually take between 6 and 12 hours to charge
- Fast chargers cover those with 7kW and 22kW power outputs, which typically charge an electric vehicle in 3-4 hours
- Rapid chargers typically charge an electric vehicle to 80% in around 30 minutes.
What grants are available?
To find out more about electric vehicles and grants for charging points in homes and workplaces, visit The Office for Low Emission Vehicles website.
Asif Mullan lives in New Malden and drives an electric vehicle. He switched from a diesel car to a Tesla in December and says he would never revert back to a petrol car.
“I have been following the concept of electric vehicles for a few years. One of the misconceptions I had was the fact that I would be stuck to a charger, that I’d run out of battery and, unlike a petrol car which you can fill up in a couple of minutes, that I’d be stuck waiting for hours for a car to charge.
“Before I made the switch, I took test rides, I did research into it, I spoke with other owners via an electric vehicle forum online to get a sense of whether the many myths about electric vehicles were true or not. And I’m happy to say they are all myths.
“A chap on the forum told me to just monitor my average drive, check how many miles you take on every journey and then decide if you can make an electric vehicle work for you. I discovered that 95% of my driving was local, and local driving is the most pollutant driving in terms of low speeds and less efficiency, and that was a major turning point for me. I wasn’t using it for long distance, most people don’t use their cars for long distance.
“Charging infrastructure is so good now. The cost of fully charging your electric vehicle as opposed to fully filling up your petrol vehicle is about a third. My car has no negative impact on the environment, in fact my home electric provider is 100% renewable as well, so I’m driving guilt-free.”
Asif said there were cost implications in terms of purchase price, repairs and in some cases insurance, but the green benefits and ongoing cheaper running costs outweighed the initial higher set-up costs.
He also took advantage of the government grant to get an electric charger fitted at his home.
“It costs roughly around £450 for the home charger, I get 300 miles from a 100KW battery and I charge mine twice a month.”