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Pros & Cons of Electric Cars

The electric car market is becoming more and more relevant, for both car manufacturers and consumers alike.

In fact, those who wish to upgrade their cars and make a more sustainable choice will need to evaluate all the pros and cons of electric cars, not just from an economic point of view, but also from an environmental one.

Owning an electric vehicle is becoming a more attractive option and a genuine alternative to petrol and diesel cars, thanks to their great advantages.

But let’s look more in detail at the pros and cons that electric cars present.

Low to Zero Emissions

If you are looking to reduce your car’s C02 emissions due to their pollutant nature, then an electric vehicle might be the right choice for you.

Depending on the type of EV you choose, your car will produce low to no emissions at all.

If you choose an EV with a combustion engine and electric motor, the amount of C02 emissions will be significantly reduced, whereas if you opt for an all-electric car, there are no exhaust emissions at all, due to the car being powered by a battery and driven by its electric motor. 

Peugeot 208

Reduced or Absent Road Tax

Electric vehicles contribute to a cleaner environment, thanks to a reduction or absence of C02 emissions, and this also comes with the added benefit of a significantly reduced or absent road tax.

Zero-emission vehicles like Battery Electric Vehicles (also known as all-electric cars) do not pay any road tax, whereas when it comes to hybrid vehicles, it all depends on their emissions.

Plug-in Electric Vehicles, for instance, will pay a cost between £0 and £105 for their first year of ownership, depending on their C02 emissions, and £145 afterwards.

Something to note though is that you’ll need to pay a premium of £335 per year for 5 years for any EV priced over £40,000 unless you bought a zero-emission one/all-electric car, in which case you’re exempted.

Vehicle CO2 emissions

First Year Rate

Second Year Onwards

Premium Supplement

0 g/km




1-50 g/km




51-75 g/km




76-90 g/km




91-100 g/km




101-110 g/km





Significantly Lower Running Costs

Once you’ve bought an electric vehicle, you’ll be able to notice how this translates into lower running costs compared to a petrol or diesel car.

It costs in fact less to run a car on electricity as opposed to fuel, as the cost per mile of running on electricity is significantly lower than petrol.

What is more, is that EVs can be charged during the night using a cheaper rate and getting them ready for the day, costing you only a few Pounds for a full charge and significantly less in fuel to cover a similar mileage.

It’s also important to bear in mind that many workplaces and shopping complexes do offer free charging as well, in return for using their services.

To be balanced, however, we must also admit that owning an electric car comes with some downsides as well.

Initial Investment

It’s not a secret that brand-new electric cars still come at a premium price compared to their petrol or diesel counterparts.

An example could be a Volkswagen Golf 1.0 Petrol costing £20,280 vs. its electric counterpart, the Volkswagen E-Golf with a list price of £28,075.

As mentioned earlier, the government offers some tax reliefs and discounts, but the initial investment will still be quite pricey, requiring customers to dig into their savings or purchase the car on finance.

Charging Times

If it may be cheaper to run a car on electricity as opposed to another combustion method, it can take any time between 1 to 22 hours to recharge an electric car.

The charging time will vary depending on the size of the battery and the chargers’ point speed.

To give you an example, to fully recharge our Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV at home it will take 4h using a 3.6KW charger and 2h using a 7kW charger.

Hyundai Santa Fe

Taking as another example, our Cupra Leon E-Hybrid, will take 6h to fully recharge at home using a 3-pin plug or 4h using a 3.6 or 7 kW charger.


The wait time may put some customers off, however, if you don’t mind putting your vehicle on charge during the night, we reckon that you’ll still be pleased with your electric car.

Unsuitable for Road Trips

If you’re looking for a car that will bring you on road trips over 300 miles without the need to stop and recharge, then electric cars may not be the right choice for you.

In fact, on average the majority of electric vehicles will roughly be able to do 100 miles between charges, making them more suited for shorter commutes, city driving and medium-length trips.

As mentioned above, charging will take its time, and if, chargers in public locations such as service stations, are faster than at home charging points, you will still need to account for 30 minutes to 1 hour to add to your journey, compared to some petrol cars which will be able to go on for over 400 miles between refills.

Not Enough Charging Points

Across the UK there are currently charging points in 15,500 locations, with the prospect to increase this number to 80,000 by 2025.

Thinking about the situation at the moment, this number is still quite small, especially considering the fact that a)the majority of these charging points are in petrol and service stations and b)the fact that it takes 30 min to 1 hour as a minimum to charge electric cars.

Many people have the advantage of being able to have an at-home charging point, but how about those who live in a flat or with no off-street parking, they will need to rely on charging points at workplaces or in public locations, making the experience less pleasant.

To help you search for the closest charging point, we have put together an interactive map

We hope that providing you with a balanced number of points as regards to advantages and disadvantages of electric cars will help you in the choice of your next vehicle.

Should you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your local Perrys dealerships and they will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Written by Lucrezia | 10 min read
21 Jan 2022