Should I Buy An Electric Car In 2021?

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If you love cleaner air, if you love protecting your family, if you love protecting your environment, if you truly want a better standard of life, the answer is yes!

Electric Cars: The Basics

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2020 has been a defining year in many respects and the UK automotive industry has been no exception. In 2020, the UK witnessed the lowest registrations of new cars since the the Second World War. The worst performance in decades!

According to data released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), total number of new car registrations were down by 29.4% in 2020. Diesel registrations were down by a whopping 55% in 2020 compared to 2019. Petrol performance was down 39% in 2020 compared to 2019.

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New Car Registrations UK (credit: SMMT)

However, the registrations of pure electric cars (also known as battery-electric vehiclesBEVs) increased an astounding 185.9% in 2020. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) also performed increasingly well with an increase of 91.2%.

It is clear that the excitement over zero-emission electric cars is no more contained just to the early adopters. Individuals, households and businesses across the country are keen to either buy an EV or learn more about zero-emission electric driving.

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The Award-Winning All-Electric Tesla Model 3 Battery-Electric Vehicle

Individuals like Elon Musk, the co-founder of Tesla Inc., and also the richest man in the world, has increased our fascination with electric cars. As of early 2021, Elon Musk has a net worth over US$ 188 billion. The primary driver of his increased wealth has been driven by the success of his portfolio of battery-electric cars, to include the all-electric Tesla Model 3, the all-electric Tesla Model S, the all-electric Tesla Model Y and the all-electric Tesla Model X.

The increased adoption of plug-in electric cars in the UK is not temporary, but a significant paradigm shift, driven by a number of key stakeholders. For a start, the UK government has been determined to take leadership in the rapidly emerging electric vehicle sector. In its Road to Zero Strategy, the government has clearly articulated its vision and determination for a UK transportation framework that has a lower impact on the environment and air quality.

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2020: Ban Of New Petrol And Diesel Vehicles

The UK government had initially suggested stopping the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2040, but has now brought forward the date to 2030. We at e-zoomed believe this is a prudent decision.

There are a number of reason for the UK government to bring forward the ban by a decade, but one important factor has been the harmful effects of tailpipe pollution of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles.

In the UK and across the world, many millions suffer health issues due to poor air quality. Road transportation is a significant source for increased air pollution in our cities, towns and villages. The government is keen to improve air quality across the country, but in particular, in densely populated cities like London.

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Clear Air Zones Map UK (credit: BVRLA)

A number of local and regional authorities have already announced their intentions to introduce clean air zones (CAZ) that ban petrol and diesel vehicles from the city centres, in an effort to curb tailpipe pollutants and reduce air pollution.

The UK government is not alone in its support for battery-electric cars. Individuals and families across the country have all become ‘eco-warriors‘. Key issues like climate change, climate crisis and environment are now permanent features of our narrative, online and offline. Many of us are keen to make a difference to protect our planet. This significant and fundamental shift in consumer sentiment, expectations and behaviour has been instrumental in the increased sales of green cars in the UK and many other key international markets. In 2020, more than 108,000 pure electric cars were registered and over 66,000 plug-in hybrid electric cars!

The final stakeholder that is influencing the change, are the automotive manufacturers (OEMs). The continued change in legislation in reducing tailpipe emissions, along with greener consumer choice, is forcing OEMs to evolve and re-invent their vision for the 21st century. Some of the largest global automotive manufactures like Volkswagen (remember ‘dieselgate’) have already committed billions to developing and manufacturing electric cars like the all-electric ID.3 car.

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The All-Electric Volkswagen ID.3 Electric Car (credit: VW)

The fast-selling Volkswagen ID.3 is an excellent example of the leadership demonstrated by an automotive behemoth for electric driving. However, Volkswagen is not the only car company that is working hard in winning the hearts and minds of EV consumers. Nearly every global and local manufacturer is in the game. Indeed the competition is well-beyond the traditional competitive landscape, with the likes of Apple Inc., yes your phone manufacturer announcing its intention to develop an electric car. How cool is that!!!

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Vast Choice Of Electric Vehicles

A vast choice of electric vehicles (EVs) available to consumers from pure electric SUVs to all-electric sedans. EVs of all sizes and prices are now available. Further down the article is a list of EVs currently on our roads in the UK. The choice is simply impressive!

Increased Zero-Emission Range

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The All-Electric Kia e-Niro (credit: Kia)

Electric car driving range has improved significantly in recent years, and the latest models of EVs can achieve well over 200 miles (WLTP), if not over 300 miles (WLTP) on a single charge. As an example, the all-electric Kia e-Niro compact SUV has a range of 282 miles. The best-selling pure electric Nissan Leaf has an electric range of 239 miles on a single charge.

Of course, do keep in mind that the average commute in the UK is a mere 12 miles!

Increased Public Charging Infrastructure

Range anxiety‘ is now certainly a issue of the past, as electric cars are able to deliver significantly increased range on a single charge. However, for those of you still nervous about range and charging, you will be pleased to note that in the UK the public charging infrastructure has increased significantly in the recent years.

According to ZapMap, we have 44,776 connectors across 16,412 locations across the UK. Also keep in mind that 80% of charging is done at home overnight.

We at e-zoomed sell and install leading electric car charging stations for the home!

Lower Running Costs

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You Can Recharge A Pure Electric Car For £5 (Ashvin Suri, Founder e-zoomed)

If there is one thing that is clear from the ongoing pandemic, it is, that ‘household wallet’ across the nation has become constrained, as a direct result of the pandemic. Now, more than ever, households are feeling the pinch of filling petrol or diesel tanks, sometimes over £100 for a full tank of fuel. An electric car can be charged at home for between £5 to £10, a fraction of the costs of petrol!

Lower Tailpipe Pollution

Battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) or all-electric vehicles do not have tailpipe pollution. In fact, such electric cars do not even have a tailpipe! Zero-emission electric driving has a real and immediate impact on air quality i.e. improving air quality. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) have reduced tailpipe pollution compared to traditional petrol and diesel vehicles.

Lower Maintenance Costs

How many times over the past few decades have you suffered an increased monthly expenditure due to unforeseen repair and maintenance costs with petrol and diesel cars? How often have you had to forego the much anticipated family holiday to clear credit card bills related to unexpected car maintenance.

With pure electric cars you are certainly reducing and mitigating this risk, as EVs have far fewer moving parts compared to internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. The fewer the moving parts, the lower the probability of repair and maintenance. We expect a significant reduction in repair and maintenance costs for households and businesses, as we migrate to electric driving. e-zoomed offers very competitive electric car breakdown quotes. Simply follow this link!

The Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG)

By now, no doubt, most readers would already be convinced that buying an electric car is a far better option than committing to another tailpipe pollution vehicle for the next few years. However, for those few of you, on the fence, this will certainly help you migrate to zero-emission electric driving.

The UK government offers you, the buyer, a grant (£3,000) for buying an electric car. The grant is known as the plug-in car grant and to learn more about it simply follow the link. Is that not exciting!

Competitive Electric Car Financing And Leasing Deals

How many times have you or the family looked at a new car and sighed ‘I wish’! With leasing a green car, you increase the affordability, by not having to pay upfront for the car. Instead, by paying affordable smaller monthly payments, most households can drive a much larger or more premium (expensive) car via leasing, compared to an outright purchase. It is also worth adding that EV leasing companies are competing hard to secure your business, which results in many very attractively priced lease offers!

Electric Cars On Our Roads

  • Audi A3 e-tron EV 
  • Audi e-tron Sportback 50 Quattro EV 
  • Audi e-tron 50 Quattro EV 
  • Audi e-tron 55 Quattro EV 
  • Audi e-tron EV 
  • Audi e-tron GT EV 
  • Audi Q2 e-tron EV 
  • Audi Q4 e-tron EV 
  • Audi Q7 e-tron EV 
  • BMW 2 Series EV
  • BMW 225xe EV 
  • BMW 330e EV 
  • BMW 530e EV 
  • BMW 740e EV
  • BMW i3 94 Ah Rex EV  
  • BMW i3 Rex EV  
  • BMW i3 120 Ah Rex EV  
  • BMW i3s 120 Ah Rex EV  
  • BMW i4 EV
  • BMW i8 Coupe EV
  • BMW i8 EV
  • BMW iX3 EV
  • BMW X5 EV
  • BMW X5 xDrive40e EV
  • Chevrolet Spark EV
  • Citroen e-C4
  • DS 3 Crossback EV
  • DS 3 Crossback E-Tense EV
  • Fiat 500e Convertible EV
  • Fiat 500e Hatchback EV
  • Ford Kuga EV
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E SR EV
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E ER EV
  • Honda e EV  
  • Hyundai Ioniq EV 
  • Hyundai Kona EV
  • Jaguar I-PACE EV 
  • Jaguar XJ EV
  • Kia Niro 64 kW EV 
  • Kia Niro PHEV
  • Kia Optima PHEV
  • Kia Soul 64 kW EV
  • Land Rover Range Rover P400e EV
  • Land Rover Range Rover Sport PHEV
  • Land Rover Range Rover Vogue PHEV
  • LDV EV80 EV
  • LEVC TX Electric Taxi EV 
  • Lexus UX300e EV
  • Lucid Air EV
  • Mazda MX-30 EV
  • Mercedes B Class E-Cell EV
  • Mercedes C Class EV
  • Mercedes E300de Estate EV
  • Mercedes E350 EV
  • Mercedes EQA EV
  • Mercedes EQB EV
  • Mercedes EQC 400 4Matic EV
  • Mercedes EQV 300 EV
  • Mercedes GLE500e EV
  • Mercedes S500 PHEV
  • Mercedes SLS EV
  • Mercedes Vito E-Cell Van EV
  • Mercedes Benz EQC EV
  • MG ZS EV 
  • Mini Countryman EV 
  • Mini Countryman Cooper SE EV 
  • Mini Electric EV 
  • Nissan Ariya EV
  • Nissan IMx EV
  • Nissan Leaf EV
  • Nissan Leaf E-Plus EV
  • Peugeot e-2008 EV
  • Peugeot e-208 EV
  • Polestar 2 EV 
  • Porsche 918 Spyder EV 
  • Porsche Cayenne EV 
  • Porsche Macan EV 
  • Porsche Panamera S PHEV 
  • Porsche Taycan EV 
  • Renault Kangoo Crew Van ZE33 EV
  • Renault Kangoo Phase 2 EV
  • Renault Twingo ZE EV
  • Renault ZOE 2013 EV
  • Renault Zoe EV
  • SEAT El-Born EV
  • SEAT Mii EV 
  • Skoda CITIGO E IV EV 
  • Skoda ENYAQ Vision IV EV
  • Skoda OCTAVIA IV EV 
  • Skoda Vision IV EV
  • Smart EQ ForFour EV
  • Smart EQ ForTwo EV
  • Smart ForFour ED EV
  • Smart ForTwo ED EV 
  • Tesla Cybertruck EV
  • Tesla Model 3 EV 
  • Tesla Model S EV 
  • Tesla Model X EV 
  • Tesla Model Y EV
  • Tesla Roadster EV
  • Toyota Prius PHEV 
  • Vauxhall Corsa-e EV 
  • Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid EV
  • Vauxhall Mokka-e EV
  • Vauxhall Vivaro-e Van EV
  • Volkswagen e-Golf EV 
  • Volkswagen e-Up EV  
  • Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSE EV 
  • Volkswagen Golf GTE PHEV
  • Volkswagen ID Neo EV
  • Volkswagen ID Vizzion EV 
  • Volkswagen ID.3 EV 
  • Volkswagen ID.4 EV 
  • Volkswagen ID.Buzz EV  
  • Volkswagen ID.Crozz EV 
  • Volkswagen Passat GTE EV 
  • Volvo C30 EV 
  • Volvo S90 T8 EV 
  • Volvo V60 PHEV 
  • Volvo V90 EV 
  • Volvo XC40 EV  
  • Volvo XC40 P8 EV  
  • Volvo XC60 EV 
  • Volvo XC90 T8 EV 

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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