Peter Long's story
Ever since I took the plunge and bought an EV, I have never looked back. I knew I needed to buy an EV sooner or later, so I decided to buy one sooner to save me money sooner. I had only owned an old petrol car for one year before I got my hands on my very own second-hand EV, but I can certainly say I would never go back.
The transition to an EV is certainly a big decision to make, but this decision will be getting easier with the broadening and expanse of the 2nd hand EV market; the variety of cars to choose from is continuously improving, and this will only continue in the coming years with nearly every major car manufacturer producing at least one mass market EV. It should be safe to assume that within the next 3-5 years anyone will be able to purchase a 200+ mile EV for around £10,000. But for those eager to adopt, I found that I was able to purchase the model, make, colour of vehicle I wanted, in the price range I was looking at, within 10 days of placing my order.
The 80% reduction in moving components translates to a more robust and reliable vehicle. Annual maintenance can be expected to be cheaper. There is no engine oil to replace. Brakes experience less wear due to regenerative breaking. This reduced rate of wear can provide a level of confidence to a second-hand buyer that the vehicle they are buying, or considering to buy, should provide them with more problem free owner experience.
If the rapid expansion of EV and battery technologies continues on the same exponential curve then the world can expect leaps in the miles a EV can cover on a single charge. I look forward to the day when I can swap my beloved LEAF, with an 80 mile range on a good day that I typically charge once a day, for one that I would probably charge every third or fourth day. At the rate at which the market is moving, and as long as you are patient, there is little need to look beyond the second-hand market for your next electric vehicle.
An EV Ecosystem
An EV ecosystem will require a number of different players including people who are willing to purchase EV’s, new and used EV’s being available for sale, charge points in suitable locations and Garages that can carry out EV servicing and repairs.
Buying an EV – Save Money?
Electric vehicles have been in the news a lot recently, with the Scottish Government’s target to phase out the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2032.
Journey Planning for EVs
Vehicle range can seem like barrier to EV uptake. However, statistics from Transport Scotland show that the average journey by car in Scotland is less than 15 miles.
Owning Chargers – Income for Communities?
Chargers on the ChargePlace Scotland network are free to use, whereas privately owned chargers tend not to be. However, it is unlikely that charger owners will provide free EV charging indefinitely.