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Surges in Electric Vehicle sales and what this means for combustion engine vehicles

Recently, the sales of EVs have surged. Electric vehicles are becoming more and more popular.

Electric cars have important advantages

Plug-in cars are generally cheaper to run, and drivers don’t need to pay as much road tax. Of course, there are also many important environmental benefits, which makes driving an EV a great choice.

Environment

Zero tailpipe emissions and similar factors support the environment and help upgrade the living conditions for future generations.

Charging

Cars that are powered by electric motors are becoming more appealing to buyers and there are many charging points available throughout the UK. They can be found at supermarkets, service stations, hotels, shopping centres and other public places and often offer free charges.

Driving

The driving experience is also improved. “Electric cars accelerate faster than vehicles with traditional fuel engines – so they feel lighter to drive”, EDF says.

Sales of electric and hybrid cars boom in March

March was an especially productive month for car dealers selling hybrid and electric cars. Traditionally, car sales are especially high in March – more than during any other month of the year. But in March 2021 car dealers experienced record-breaking sales of EVs. Lockdowns and restrictions due to COVID-19 didn’t slow down the sales and it was a huge win for the electric car industry. According to The Guardian, “plug-in vehicle sales account for almost 14% of all new car sales in March”.

Among the top 10 cars that were sold in March 2021, the Toyota Yaris which is a hybrid car was the most popular amongst the eco-friendly vehicles. Volkswagen Golf and Mercedes-Benz A-Class which can be bought as a hybrid car were also on the list as was the fully electric Hyundai Kona (also available as a hybrid car), Driving Electric explains.

What does this mean for combustion engine vehicles?

The high demand for fully electric cars as well as hybrid cars may have an impact on the typical combustion engine vehicles. The forces of supply and demand are expected to impact the prices of combustion engine vehicles.

The increase in demand for EVs will undoubtedly reduce the demand for standard cars, especially used ones – which will ultimately result in their value falling much quicker than in the past. This means that you could be owing a lot more on your car than what it’s worth and could leave you in a tough financial situation should anything happen to it. Especially for preloved cars, a Gap Insurance can cover expenses in the case of an unexpected breakdown and can save you hundreds of pounds.

With EV sales surging, it is only a matter of time until electric cars become more popular than combustion engine vehicles.

3 Reasons Why Electric Cars Are The Future

Conserving the environment has been a goal that is continually dropped down in importance. Why? Well, many people are focused on what is happening in the present, not the future. But with more and more natural disasters occurring, it has become time for people to pay closer attention. 

Global warming is starting to become a major problem for the entire world. How humans slow down this warming is still up for discussion, but one decided way is through the use of electric vehicles. Some may scoff at that idea, but in all reality, electric cars and vehicles are the future of the modern world, whether you want to believe it or not. Just check out below the three reasons why electric vehicles will be around sooner rather than later:

The Global Impact Of Gas Powered Cars

The fossil fuel emissions made by humans and their vehicles have a really nasty effect on the environment. For example, across the pond in the United States of America, The U.S. transportation sector is responsible for about a third of the country’s climate-damaging emissions. 

On the United Kingdom side of things, Transportation is the most polluting sector in the United Kingdom, producing the equivalent of 122 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2019. So, with all that being said, it’s obvious people need to find a more efficient and environmentally friendly way to travel. Electric vehicles may be the answer.

There Is A Better Built Support System

For a long time, electric cars were not thoroughly supported. For instance, electric cars have to be charged using charging stations. With that being the case, you would expect gas stations to put in some type of charging station for cars to pull up and recharge their battery; but that is why we never assume. 

Installing the required charging stations costs a lot of money, more money than those gas stations were willing to pay. Now, with global warming becoming an increasing problem, the infrastructure surrounding electric vehicles has gotten a lot stronger. 

And no, that does not mean that there is more availability to call IT support. It means that people are supporting the initiative of moving to electric cars more than ever, creating a world that will soon get used to having all electric vehicles on the road. 

More and More Options are Becoming Available

With a much-improved infrastructure of electric vehicles, competitiveness within the electric vehicle marketplace has grown. There used to be just the Prius, but now large-scale corporations like Tesla, Ford, Jaguar, and Nissan are all putting in strong efforts to take over the market. Now that may be due to the new requirements and goals of whatever country (the United States wants all vehicles on the road to be electric by 2030), but the point still stands. Electric vehicles are growing, and it is easy to see why they are the future of our society. 

Watch as a Cheetah and Formula E race car go head to head in the South Africa Savanna!

Watch as a fully-electric Formula E car lined up against a cheetah in the Western Cape, South Africa.

The race was undertaken to highlight the global impact the burning fossil fuels has on the environment and consequently threatens these endangered species.

Both cheetah and Formula E car reach speeds of 60mph in around three seconds. To find out which came out on top, watch the video.

As a Zero-Emissions motorsport, Formula E aims to help provide a solution by being a catalyst for change and help accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles and making a cleaner environment for all of us.

Jean-Eric Vergne, Montreal E-Prix race winner and TECHEETAH driver, said: “Both the TECHEETAH Formula-E Team and I want to be part of raising awareness for the wider impact that climate change has on our planet. We do it mostly by showcasing and developing our electric cars across the world throughout the Formula E season, but we wanted to do more outside of the race track. There are only around 7,000 cheetahs still living in the wild and we have a strong desire to raise awareness for the main threats they face, such as illegal trade of cubs for pets, loss of prey due to habitat loss and fragmentation aggravated by climate change. I’m really proud to have participated in this film and stay tuned for some exciting news to come following the documentary.”

There are now just 7,000 cheetahs remaining in the wild. The species is wide-ranging and sparsely distributed and needs large landscapes to survive, making it particularly vulnerable to habitat loss and fragmentation – threats that are exacerbated by a changing climate.

The film was overseen by conservation experts and animal welfare organisations, and is released in partnership with Animal Issues Matter, Cheetah Outreach and Endangered Wildlife Trust.

Electric Vehicle Registrations Continue to Soar!

The UK has experienced it’s best ever quarter for Electric Vehicle reservations, with an average of 1 EV registered every 13 minutes between January to March 2016, a rise of 23% on the same period 2015 according to Go Ultra Low

During this period, 10,496 plug-in cars with registered averaging at 115 per day and is set to continue this trend despite the recent slashing of the government grant from £5000 to £2500.

Using figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), Go Ultra Low’s analysis showed the sales of plug-on vehicles rising steadily against the previous five year trends.

Motorists are beginning to see the benefits of electric vehicles and growing to understand the idea of ‘topping up’ overnight on home charge points and during the day at public chargers, along with the Plugin Car Grant which has been utilised by more than 58,000 motorists since its inception in 2011.

When asked to comment, Transport Minister Andrew Jones was quoted as saying: “These record figures show that hundreds of people every week are coming round to the fact that plug-in cars are cleaner, greener and cheaper to run. The UK is a world leader in the uptake of low emission vehicles and our long-term economic plan is investing £600 million by 2020 to improve air quality, create jobs and achieve our goal of every new car and van in the UK being ultra-low emission by 2040.”

Notably the month of March seems to be one of the strongest months for Electric Vehicle sales, this year 7,144 electric cars with registered compared to the previous monthly high of 6,104 for March  2015.

Poppy Welch, Head of Go Ultra Low, said: “This continued and steep growth in uptake of plug-in cars is testament to how electric vehicles are becoming a natural choice for increasing numbers of new car buyers. With low running costs, tax exemptions and free parking in many locations, many more motorists should be considering a plug-in vehicle as their next car. As registrations records continue to be set and the rate of EV growth carries on, it’s no longer a question of will more motorists choose electric, but when.”

The UK is now a market leader for Electric Vehicles in the European Union with one fifth of the European Union’s collection EV Sales, runner up to Holland.

Goultralow.com provides a one-stop shop for information about owning and running electric vehicles, the makes and models available and the locations of the thousands of publicly available charge points.

Electric car drivers face delays at crowded charging stations

As electric cars become more popular, drivers are facing increasingly long waits to plug in at charging stations.

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