Which is more affordable for UK drivers, electric or hybrid cars? If we look into the cost of buying and running an environmentally friendly vehicle, it would be hard not to compare it to the average price of conventional combustion engine cars, which are typically cheaper. However, it’s easier to understand why many drivers shift to electric or hybrid vehicles, in spite of the price of going electric, once we start seeing the big picture. Eco cars are more affordable to run than their petrol or diesel counterparts and it is also possible to buy a used electric car to save money too. Let’s investigate it more thoroughly by contrasting the operating costs of hybrid and fully electric vehicles.
Difference Between Hybrid and Electric Cars
The best way to start this comparison is by understanding the differences between a hybrid vs electric car. In addition to a combustion engine that burns fuel, a hybrid car also has an electric motor and a battery pack. Depending on the hybrid vehicle type, either the engine or the electric motor can be used to provide power. Drivers can travel further without consuming more fuel thanks to hybrid vehicles’ use of electric motors, which supplement their engines and allow them to run on less fuel.
As for full-electric vehicles, they have motors that run completely on electric power coming from the battery packs. These cars do not have combustion engines, so they don’t need fuel. Additionally, they do not emit any carbon dioxide, which contributes to the improvement of the air quality in our cities. Electric vehicles must be plugged into an EV charger to function, either at home or at a public charging station. Regular wall chargers may take eight to ten hours to fully charge the car. However, there are an increasing number of rapid chargers in the UK, allowing EVs to charge from zero to 80% in just 30 minutes or less.
What is a Plug-in Hybrid Car?
Is a Hybrid Car Cheaper to Run?
To answer this question, we first have to determine what type of hybrid car we want to examine. In general, hybrid vehicles have better fuel efficiency than their gasoline or diesel counterparts. Comparing driving a conventional car that is fuel-only to an electric vehicle, you could save 30% less on fuel consumption per mile. Looking at this factor alone, we can safely say that a hybrid car is cheaper to run than a petrol or diesel engine vehicle.
But you should also take into account how you use your vehicle. If you drive it in the city for less than 30 miles, then you will enjoy significant savings on fuel costs because you can drive a plug-in hybrid using electricity alone. Unfortunately, longer journeys are not covered by this. Hybrids have smaller batteries than full-electric cars, so they can’t run on just electricity for longer distances. Are Hybrid Cars Good for Long Distance Driving?
A hybrid car is less expensive to operate than a petrol or diesel vehicle if you primarily drive it in urban areas at lower speeds. However, it would be wise to first evaluate your driving requirements before purchasing a hybrid car if you frequently need to make longer trips. It’s important to keep in mind that hybrid vehicles are generally heavier than their conventional counterparts, and if their batteries go flat, it is going to be a thirsty petrol or diesel car. Driving a hybrid requires understanding how the car operates and how to make the most of its hybrid technology and other features in order to enjoy better fuel economy.
Costs of Running An Electric Car
Electric cars do not need fuel to run. By itself, this demonstrates how much less expensive it is to operate EVs than gasoline-powered or hybrid vehicles, both of which require fuel. To keep power stored in their batteries, electric cars do require regular recharging. Compared to filling up at a fuel station, the price of electricity is significantly lower. Also, did you know there are actually some free EV chargers all over the UK?
Many businesses offer their staff members free EV charging. Hotels, eateries, supermarkets, and other commercial establishments all provide free EV charging for their clients. Locating free charging stations in your city would be a good idea if you want to save money by owning an electric vehicle. A quick online search will return a ton of results, which is helpful if you’re planning a road trip!
But how much does it cost to charge an electric car if there aren’t free chargers available? Using a rapid charger will cost you on average about £7 for 30 minutes of charging. Your EV may be powered by this and may travel up to 100 miles before requiring another plug-in. Of course, when it comes to cost-effectiveness and convenience, having an EV charger at home is the best option. However, you must be ready to pay the installation fee for an electric car charger, which could be close to £1,000. However, do look into any government grants that might be able to assist you with this. A few are currently available, but always check the.gov website for the most recent information.
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