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Have you ever considered there is quite a lot more to running an electric car than most people first anticipate? The challenges of keeping your car charged, planning long journeys and monitoring the running costs should all be taken into account when looking to buy an electric car. It could actually all appear quite daunting. Most motorists are usually concerned about the re-charge costs, so it does beg the question are electric vehicles cheaper than fuel cars?

Facts of owning an electric car

The cost of charging an electric car in the UK changes from county to county as electric prices vary. Petrol today costs approximately £6.04 per gallon; to fully charge a small EV (electric vehicle) such as the Nissan Leaf it can cost an average of £2.00.

Although the differences appear very little, in reality they are quite big. A small EV can travel approximately 100 miles on a full charge. However, 1 gallon of fuel is only capable of driving 30 miles.

Furthermore, some motorists can save themselves a lot more money by charging their car at night by using economy 7. Economy 7 is an off-peak electricity tariff and is much cheaper than using daytime electricity. Making the most of your economy 7 pricing will bring the cost of charging the electric car down even further.

With the rising popularity of solar panels, many motorists can now charge their cars naturally using solar panelling. There are drawbacks to this, in the UK it is not always sunny; subsequently, depending upon the quality of the solar panels it could be risky.

They are not really worth relying on due to rain and intermittent clouds, but they are an excellent choice for those sunny days.

Should you be privileged to own economy 7 and solar panels, then financially you would really save some money. The economy 7 can be used during the night, and the solar panelling can be used as a backup during the day. You should never charge your electric car during the day on economy 7 as the prices of electricity are really high.

It is believed that solar panels can rise CO2 levels during the day. If you have concerns about this, it is possible to charge a car at night using solar panelling. Any surplus solar from the daytime goes directly to the grid, this then produces cleaner electricity. Providing your grid has enough surplus electricity, it is possible to fully charge an electric car during the night. CO2 levels are known to be lower at night than during the day, but could cost more to charge. It is for this reason that most people opt to charge during the daytime. It stands to reason that financial concerns are above CO2 footprints given the economic climate at present.

It is a personal consideration as to how motorists charge up their car. Standard electricity is much cheaper than fuel; night time charging and solar panels make the re-charging process even more feasible. Your tariffs, electricity usage and attitude to CO2 will determine your bill.

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Do you own an electric car? What are your views on this?