Electric cars are increasingly popular thanks to their low running costs and environmentally friendly, zero-emissions status.
Technology has developed rapidly over the past few years, easing concerns over battery range
. In fact, it has improved to the point where some electric cars are capable of 350 miles or so between charges. Around 150-250 miles is more common, however, so you still need to plan journeys more carefully than with a petrol or diesel car.
Running an electric car is often cheaper than petrol or diesel, because the cost to charge them is much lower than the cost of fuel for the same mileage. There are also major tax incentives, whether you are a private or business user.
Electric cars are generally more expensive to buy than a diesel or petrol equivalent, though, and the choice of brands and body styles available is limited. The number of options is increasing, however, with many car brands set to release new full-electric models over the coming months.
Your lifestyle and driving habits may well decide whether an electric car is right for you. While the number of public charging points
has increased, finding one isn’t always easy, depending on where you are in the country. Home charging points are available, but not everyone is able to park directly outside their house or flat.
Electric cars are a great option for drivers who don’t often make long journeys and have easy access to charging points. As the technology and infrastructure for electric cars improves, they’ll become more and more viable. Explore electric cars on Auto Trader
, or browse our picks for the best electric cars of 2020