With rising fuel prices and the looming pressure of hitting net zero, we can see why so many people are choosing to drive electric cars. Drivers of conventional petrol and diesel vehicles have been struggling to find fuel stations that actually have any fuel this week, and we can’t see that getting better. Could it be time to rent an electric car?
The long-term cost differences between driving a conventional car and an electric one have always been clear. Electric cars are far less expensive to own, drive and maintain. The first huge saving is not having to purchase fuel. But with fuel prices increasing rapidly, this gap is bigger than ever.
Since August 2021, the UK has struggled to maintain a stable supply of fuel. Whether that be due to panic buying or Russian war threats, it’s clear that driving to a fuel station and filling up is not as simple as it was.
Figures from the RAC show that the average price of diesel increased by 22p per litre in March 2022; peaking at 179.9p. This was three times higher than figures recorded in May 2008, the previous worst month for diesel prices on record. Meanwhile, the average cost of unleaded petrol increased by 11p per litre. This is the largest ever increase in petrol prices ever recorded in a single month.
So how much more are we spending?
Thanks to these rising costs, those driving petrol or diesel vehicles are paying significantly more to fill up. The RAC predict that it now costs roughly £90 to fill up a 55-litre petrol car. This is £6.38 more than it did at the start of March 2022, and £22 more than it did in March 2021.
If you’re driving a diesel vehicle, you could see over £12 added to your total cost as a tank of diesel now costs £97.51 on average. A £15 increase on what it would have cost at the start of 2021, and almost £28 more than in March 2021.
As Easter weekend approaches many families may be travelling the country and these rising costs are bleak at best. While 6% of drivers say they’re not planning a car trip at all over Easter for this exact reason, we imagine the roads will be busier than ever.
Rent an electric car = huge savings!
If you’re one of the 21 million motorists making a journey this Easter, why not rent an electric car and save yourself fuel costs. Here at EVision Electric Vehicles, we have over 1,000 all-electric vehicles available for both short and long term rental terms.
Whether you need to take advantage of the Tesla Model Y’s huge range, or enjoy a comfy family drive in the Volkswagen ID.4. Finding an electric car that suits your needs is easy now there’s so much to choose from. Gone are the days where EV drivers were battling with short ranges and limited tech.
We also have some great deals on short term rentals! Even if you hire for just one day, you’ll benefit from having breakdown cover, maintenance, tyre wear and the charging cables included within your hire. That makes driving an electric vehicle simple and hassle free.
Since the UK’s fuel crisis began last August, we’ve seen a huge rise in enquiries from motorists looking to test out an EV before they make the switch. Pure electric vehicles such as the Renault Zoe and BMW i3 are perfect for those just starting out their all-electric journey. They’re affordable and convenient, but also come with some of the best technology on the market.
Make the switch and rent an electric car today to start saving yourself money and time! Plus, you’ll be able to boast about driving the most eco-friendly vehicles on the planet. Climate change is a major issue, and one which leaders across the globe are challenging day by day.
While lots of people argue that it would be better for individuals to look at methods of public transport or zero-emission travel, such as cycling or walking, electric vehicles are really our only viable eco-friendly alternative for the near future.
Hasn’t climate change been an issue for decades?
In short, yes! Climate change is a conversation that has been at the forefront of political discussions for many years. The 2008 Climate Change Act was introduced to reduce UK greenhouse gas emissions by 80%, compared to 1990 levels, by 2050. However, in 2019 the UK became the first major economy to commit to a net zero target.
That same year, the government recorded that 27% of the UK’s total emissions came from the transport industry. Of this, 91% came from road transport vehicles such as cars, vans and buses. Seeing these figures, it’s obvious that in order to reach net zero in time something has to change within the transport sector. In light of this, the UK government has committed to banning the sale of any new petrol or diesel vehicles by 2030.
This isn’t too far off most other major countries with Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands holding themselves to the same date. Meanwhile, only Norway, Singapore and Belgium are determined to ban fossil fuelled vehicles earlier than 2030.
Be ahead of the curve and start driving electric today!
* All information correct as of 13/04/2022.