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Will today’s electric cars soon be obsolete?

Should you buy an electric car now? Or will today's EVs soon become obsolete when new tech emerges? Rory Reid explores advancing battery technology and asks whether now is the right time to buy.

What’s the point of buying an electric car now if we know that, in the future, there’s going to be better technology?
It’s a valid question, and one Rory Reid investigates in our new video. Hit play to find out whether there’ll ever be a right time to make the switch to electric.

Should we wait for new technology in electric cars?

A fair few people are holding off buying an electric car now, because they don’t want to be stuck with an outdated car and obsolete battery in the near future.
It’s a bit like waiting to buy a new phone. You could wait forever for the next, new-and-improved model to be released and, as soon as you buy, they’ll announce another one to be right around the corner. Yes, you can get a phone on contract and swap for the latest model – but you can also lease an electric car and get the newest model every couple of years. When buying any car, the real question is “is it right for me?” and asking does it have enough space? Is it in budget? Will the range get me where I need to go? If there’s an electric car out there that ticks all the boxes today, then now is a great time to make the switch. Electric cars are always improving. Battery life will continue to advance, and electric cars will likely become greener, smarter, more powerful, and deliver better value. But the market today? That’s a great one to dive into.

The next decade of electric cars

How much are electric cars going to change, and how much have they changed since they were first created (way back in the 1800s!)?
Explore the history, and future, of electric cars.

Make the switch

Are you thinking about buying an electric car? Here’s some resources and tips to get you started:
Electric cars in stock and available today. The best electric cars on the market. Guide to leasing an electric car. Your chance to win a brand-new electric car in Auto Trader’s monthly giveaway.

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