Many early electric vehicle (EV) drivers felt “range anxiety”’; the fear of not having enough energy storage/battery capacity to get to their destination. This has been largely replaced by “charge anxiety”; the fear of running out of charge before reaching a destination, not being able to find a charging station or experiencing long wait times.
While EV charging networks are rapidly expanding, the availability and accessibility of charging stations can still vary depending on where you live or travel.
The charging infrastructure for EVs is constantly improving, with more charging points being installed across the country every year. The UK government has committed £1.6 billion to reach its target of installing 6,000 high-powered, super-fast charging points by 2030, which will help make long-distance travel in an EV even more viable.
However, there are still areas where the charging infrastructure is less developed, and some rural areas may have fewer charging points.
Installing a home charger greatly eases charge anxiety as you will have a reliable and convenient charging solution available to you at all times.
With a home charger installed, it is likely that you will rarely need to plug your EV in anywhere other than at home.
A home charger can offer faster charging speeds than many public charging stations, which can help reduce the time it takes to recharge your EV. This is particularly beneficial for EV owners who have busy schedules or need to use their vehicle frequently.
Home chargers can also provide more control over the charging process, allowing you to schedule charging times and adjust charging speeds to better suit your needs.
It is understandable to be concerned about the fluctuating cost of electricity when considering purchasing an EV, however, it is important to note that the overall cost of operating an EV is still typically lower than that of a petrol-powered vehicle.
EV’s are also generally more energy-efficient than traditional petrol-powered cars, so the amount of electricity required to travel a certain distance is typically lower than the amount of petrol required to cover the same distance.
Additionally, many utilities offer special rates or incentives for EV owners, such as lower off-peak electricity rates or special EV charging rates.
It is worth remembering that whilst electricity prices may go up and down, so do petrol prices.
Rather than fluctuation, the long-term trend for petrol has generally been towards higher prices due to factors such as increasing demand, changes in the global oil market, limited supply, and efforts to reduce carbon emissions, meaning you pay more at the pump.
Availability can also be a concern with petrol, for example the 2021 fuel supply crisis, which saw many of us unable to refuel our cars.
Anything that is plugged in and draws electricity will contribute to your energy bill, so you will see an increase in monthly costs when using electricity to charge your EV’s battery.
One environmentally friendly way to help alleviate additional electricity costs is to have solar panels installed.
This allows you to generate your own electricity and reduce your dependence on the grid.
If you work from home, you can charge your EV when the panels are generating electricity, or, if you choose to have a battery installed with your panels, you and draw electricity after daylight hours.
Installing a home charger and solar panels is a great way to alleviate charge and price anxieties, and help make your EV more convenient, cost effective, and environmentally friendly.
Call AW Electrics today on 01142 134 610 to discuss installing either an EV charging port, solar panels, or both!
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