The Clash of Cars!!

Electric Cars verses Hybrid Cars verses Petrol Cars.

The current electric car market is beginning to boom! The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have reported that sales have significantly increased over the past years. Approximately 500 electric cars per month were registered in 2014, whereas 9,400 per month in 2020. The first half of 2020 saw an increase of 262% in pure electric registrations, in excess of 136,600 vehicles and PHEV’s (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) by 322% over 330,800 vehicles. Petrol and diesel markets have declined by 90%. Not a bad result considering we are in the middle of a Pandemic!

With this in mind, let’s have a look at the advantages and disadvantages of the various cars.

Electric Cars

Electric cars run solely on electricity, they require no petrol which means no petrol costs. They run much smoother and are significantly quieter than petrol cars. As a rule they are cheaper to run with no petrol costs and also no maintenance costs and they don’t need to have oil changes. A well maintained battery should be able to achieve 150,000 miles.

The disadvantages are that they require a lot of charging, overnight for long journeys. The most you will get from a single charge is between 80-100 miles. Electric cars are more expensive to buy than petrol cars.

Hybrid Cars

Hybrid cars are the most environmentally friendly cars. They have slower emissions as they combine electric with fuel. This means they have a better gas mileage too. As well as being entitled to tax incentives they are also great for the environment and you will of course save some money on fuel.

The main disadvantage of hybrid cars is that they cost more than petrol cars. As a result of their weight and size they don’t handle the road as well as petrol cars and are also not as fast.

Petrol Cars

The most long standing and popular cars on the market! They are cheaper to purchase than electric and hybrid cars. They are heavier meaning they handle the road better and of course are faster.

The downside for these cars is the expensive fuel costs, making them not very efficient. Their maintenance can also be pricey. They are the most environmentally unfriendly vehicles.

As you can see above there are advantages and disadvantages with all of these vehicle types. You would have to look at your own needs for a vehicle to decide which sort would suit your lifestyle. If you have concerns about the environment and global warming there are some good options here to ‘do your bit’ to help out.

The Government has brought forward its plan to ban new petrol cars to 2035. The National Grid predicts by 2040 there could be 36 million electric vehicles on UK roads. Let’s hope the Government can accommodate enough charging points for this demand. Maybe in the future the number of miles per charge for electric cars will increase with advancing technology.