What Do EVs And Schools Have In Common?
The first time I noticed it, I smiled and remarked ‘nice coincidence’. However, after several sightings, it became apparent that it is a fast growing trend in the UK. I am talking EVs parked outside schools with patiently waiting parents, mostly mums.
In fact, spotting multiple EVs parked outside a school is more the norm than the exception. Though surprising to some, to me its seems rather obvious. After all, most parents (if not all) would like to have lower air pollution around their children.
Air Pollution Results In Significant Health Issues To Include Deaths
The urgency in regards to air pollution becomes rather ‘immediate’ when your children are standing a few feet from the billowing tailpipe of a polluting diesel or petrol car. Inhaling life threatening pollutants like Particulate Matter (PM), Ammonia (NH3) and Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) leads to early deaths.
In fact, child experts in the UK have warned that families and parents are worryingly unaware of the severe detrimental effect to children as a result of increased local air pollution. This includes, increased cases of asthma and related deaths, negative effects on mental and overall health.
Road transportation contributes nearly 60% of the total air pollution in the UK. Parents are doing the right thing by driving zero emission cars for school runs, as it helps reduce the harmful effects of toxic pollutants in the immediate vicinity of the school children.
In fact, I cannot fathom why parents would use internal combustion engines like polluting petrol and diesel cars, that have such a significant, direct and strong detrimental correlation to children’s health.
The good news is that electric cars are a real and robust alternative to petrol and diesel cars for school runs and much more.
Top Reasons For Parents To Own A Pure Electric Car Or Battery Electric Car (BEV)
- Reduce air pollution in the immediate vicinity of your children: reduce the detrimental and real impact of air pollution on their health
- Save money with a more economical drive: BEVs cost up to £5 to fully charge. Filling a petrol or diesel fuel tank can set you back between £50 and £80. Use the money saved for wonderful weekend family trips in your EV
- Good range: yes, electric cars are capable of much more than just local trips to the school, grocery store, gym or local high street. The latest electric vehicles have real world ranges between 100 to 200 miles
- Lower maintenance and repair cost: yes, EVs cost less to maintain and repair compared to traditional petrol and diesel cars. The reason is simple. Electric cars have significantly fewer moving parts compared to internal combustion engines
- Enjoy the smoother drive:all pure electric cars are automatic, which means you do not need to simultaneously shuffle gears and calm hungry children
- Take advantage of the UK government plug-in grant incentive (PiCG): to reduce the cost of buying a battery electric vehicle. Honestly, take advantage of this while it lasts!
- Last but not the least, image matters: never underestimate the importance of ‘image’ to kids. Kids nowadays are passionate about the environment. Electric cars are simply considered ‘very cool’. Internal combustion engine cars are NOT. If you do not believe me, ask your children
Top 2 EVs For School Runs And More That Will Not Break The Bank
- The best selling EV globally with a strong track record. It is also the best selling battery electric car (BEV) in the UK and Europe
- 40 kWh lithium-ion battery with a NEDC range up to 168 miles
- 5 doors and 5 seats. So easy to get adults and kids in and out effortlessly
- Boot capacity: 400 litres (enough to fit in all the sports gear and more)
- Maximum speed: 90 mph
- Good reviews
- Top Gear: 8/10
- What Car?: 4/5
- Auto Express: 4/5
- Another popular EV with a strong track record and certainly cute!
- 41 kWh lithium-ion battery with a NEDC range up to 186 miles (very similar to the Nissan Leaf)
- 5 doors and 5 seats. Like the Nissan Leaf, easy to get adults and kids in and out effortlessly
- Boot capacity: 338 litres (slightly smaller than the Nissan Leaf but still sufficient for school kits and weekend luggage)
- Maximum speed: 84 mph
- Good reviews, but the Nissan Leaf is ahead
- Top Gear: 7/10
- What Car?: 4/5
- Auto Express: 4/5
There are certainly other suitable EVs, like the BMWi3. However, these models do cost more, but worth considering. In general, I encourage first time EV buyers to start with a smaller budget. Be prudent. Gain some ‘real world’ experience driving an electric car. You can always upgrade to a Jaguar I-PACE or Tesla Model 3 anytime!