The future is electricifying! How electric vehicles are on the up

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Whilst the business profile of AF membership has generally seen combustion vehicles as a staple of choice, a growing number of members – where their application suits – are now looking at electric vehicles.

Electric vehicles have certainly been a long time in rising to prominence. However, it looks like this is the year when they could finally hit the big time.

And why wouldn’t they? An electric vehicle (EV) lets you travel in silence and produces zero emissions. You don’t have to pay road tax. Those in London don’t need to worry about the Congestion Charge. The government will even give you a grant to buy one.

As the mileage range for mains charged vehicles increases and the charging infrastructure improves, an EV becomes a more viable alternative. Choice has been slow to grow so far, but is set to grow in 2020 as many new models start to arrive.

EV’s first appeared around ten years ago. The market’s first such vehicles were cars with around 80 miles of usable range, priced at a 50% premium over their petrol-fueled counterparts. Today, in many cases, real-world range has more than doubled and that price premium has almost disappeared.

Full electric vehicles continue to be subsidised by the Government, courtesy of a £3000 grant coming off the ticket price. In additional to this, there are a growing number of models which also come with an attractive AF saving.

Once you’re behind the wheel, the running costs are minimal. There’s also the added bonus of a feel-good ‘green’ factor towards the environment. Amongst the models recommended, with AF savings to boot, are Peugeot e-208, Renault Zoe, Nissan Leaf and Hyundai Kona.

There are many more, new EV’s set to arrive onto the market in the next 12-months – DS 3, Honda e, Skoda Enyaq IV, Volvo XC40, Volkswagen ID3, Audi Q4 e-Tron, BMX iX3, Peugeot e-2008 and FIAT 500.

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