Cons of Owning UK Electric Cars
Recently, we wrote an article about the benefits of driving an UK electric cars. Electric cars have been an excellent addition to the world and have gone a long way to giving the green-minded ones of us, a bit of hope for the future of the planet once again. However, they are not all sunshine & rainbows – you need to be aware of some rather specific issues that can arise from driving an electric car, including;
It’s Not “Here” Yet
One thing you need to think about is the fact that whilst UK electric cars seem like something in the future, they are technically still in the future at the moment. There is a lot of uncertainty about using these cars, and as we mention below, the cost of using an electric car can be quite massive. This means that the majority of us would struggle to afford one, making the technology itself a little pointless – how can it make a difference if only those who are doing well can afford one?
There’s also no long-term guarantee that UK electric cars will make it in the long-term interests of the industry. There’s nothing to say that they are going to die out, but in a decades time UK electric cars might have been replaced by something else entirely. Technology moves fast and this can leave you at a big disadvantage if you sink all of your money into a long-term purchase, only to watch it fall flat right in front of you and be replaced by something even better!
You will typically cover around 60 miles of distance when driving typical UK electric cars at motorway speed; this will run through your juice very fast, though. This is a big problem and will typically mean that you can’t get to where you are going without having to stop at one of the – albeit many – charging stations in your city. Whilst going at around 30-40mph will give you roughly 120 miles, you might want to go elsewhere for now if you are going to be making long and arduous drives with regularity.
Tax Credit Downsides
In the other article, we mentioned how useful it is to have tax credits coming into your pocket for buying this kind of car. However, you will notice that the cost of repairs and general upkeep of UK electric cars be quite staggering in comparison with your normal car. This can mean that those extra pennies you are being provided will be gobbled up fairly quickly if you are someone who drives almost everywhere.
A UK electric cars battery change alone could leave you with almost all of that gone right away. Bottomline, you need to be prepared for the big costs of taking on UK electric cars.
To health and vehicle happiness
Your fearless mechanic,
Benefits of Owning An Electric Car UK
In the last decade or so, the prominence of the electric car UK has become far more popular than many expected it; it’s been a relatively fast take off for a revolutionary part of the vehicle industry. Especially in packed cities like London, being able to get access to gas-free vehicles can cut down on their rather staggering petrol costs that you might incur along the way. Due to the size of the capital, it’s important to be able to drive around at your leisure without the constant cost of petrol being factored in.
If you aren’t sure on where to go in terms of your vehicle, we would highly recommend picking an electric car UK for the following reasons;
Avoid Petrol Stations
Whilst petrol stations are an expense that we could all do without, they also come with another issue that many of us might not factor in; they are quite dangerous. Petrol stations in big cities like London can typically be surrounded by a variety of hazards, from “dirty rain” to muggers. If you are driving around in an electric car, though, this problem literally disappears for you.
Helping The Environment
You’ll also be helping out the environment, which definitely needs all the input we can possibly put into it! Choosing a car that is good for the environment is going to be good for your own health, as well as the health of your ancestors. Make the right choice if you are an environmentally conscious person.
Another excellent benefit of buying an electric car UK is the fact that drivers in the UK are being rewarded for doing so. In fact, up to £8,000 can await from you in the form of tax incentives if you go down the green route and get an electric car. In the US, you can get up to $7,500 for your troubles; so you will be getting a nice little reward for making a conscious decision to help out the planet and your wallet!
Charging Stations on the Up
The big problem with using electric cars UK in the past was the fact that charging stations were few and far between. However, they are beginning to pop up all over the place and you’ll be able to park up with ease at charging stations, making it easier than ever to park. In fact, charging points also double as parking spaces so you can find a parking spot easier than many of your fellow Londoners! This is the case for many big cities in the UK and the US, though, so you can benefit almost anywhere!
To health and vehicle happiness
Your fearless mechanic,
Top 10 most expensive cars in the world
Some of the most expensive cars in the world are breathtaking to look at and drive. so if you’ve got dreams of one day owning your very own Lamborghini, Ferrari or Aston Martin what we’re about to look at will be right up your street.
So if you’ve got a spare few million pounds floating about, in this post we count back from 10 of the most ridiculously expensive, most expensive cars in the world (not including the classics) that money can buy.
10. Porsche 918 Spyder (£501k)
At £501,000, the Porsche 918 Spyder is one of the cheapest most expensive cars in the world on the list, but it’s also, according to Porsche, ‘the future of the sports car’. The Spyder goes from 0-60mph in 2.8 seconds, and, in case you’re bothered about the environment (which, looking at this list, is unlikely), it breaks the super car mold by being a hybrid too.
9. Hennessey Venom GT (£652k)
We’re only the second car in and we’ve already broken the half a million pound barrier. At £652,000 the Hennessey Venom is a car you might not have heard of before, but one which you’d definitely notice if it pulled up next to you at the Tesco. Aside from its dashing good looks, Hennessey also claim that the Venom has a top speed of 287mph. We say claim because, well, who’s ever going to find out?
9. McLaren P1 (£652k)
In joint place with the Hennessey Venom, the McLaren P1 also has a price tag of £652,000. Auto Express has compared the P1 to a fighter jet, and McLaren claim it’s the ‘best driver’s car in the world’. We think that’s probably something to do with the 3.8 liter twin-turbo V8 engine… or then again maybe it’s just because of the beautiful carbon fiber chassis.
8. Zenvo ST1 (£710k)
As one of the most expensive cars in the world, the Zenvo was the brain child of a group of people who wanted to make a car which could do two things: get you to the shops and back, as well as rival a Bugatti on the track… hence the massive 7 litre engine, and the three different driving modes. The £710,000 Zenvo ST1 also set Jeremy Clarkson on fire on Top Gear (which could be either a positive or negative… depending on how you look at it).
7. Maybach Landaulet (£750k)
If you’re a rapper (or you have £750,000 to spare and want to look like Birdman), the Maybach Landaulet is more like a display case for the rich and famous. With a roof, which reclines the whole way back and a screen separating you and your driver, the Maybach Landaulet is so posh that you require someone else to drive it for you.
6. Ferrari LaFerrari (£770k)
It’s got a posh name and an even posher looking set of doors. This £770,600 Ferrari probably isn’t one you’re likely to spot down your local Morrisons, and with a name which translates to ’The Ferrari’, it’s no wonder it’s exclusive. In fact, it’s so exclusive that Ferrari had to invite you to buy one of the 499 made. Didn’t get the call? There’s always eBay…
6. Pagani Huayra (£770k)
The Pagani Huayra might be in a draw with LaFerrari, but, apart from that as one of most expensive cars in the world it’s a pretty unique supercar. With a 6 litre engine (custom made by AMG, of course), Autocar claim it’s on par with the Bugatti Veyron, and suggest it’s ‘arguably the best-looking supercar on the planet’. And they’ve certainly got a point.
5. Lamborghini Reventon (£954k)
Here’s one of the most expensive cars in the world you may recognise. The Lamborghini Reventon has the looks of a fighter jet and the engine of one too. It’s not just the engine people are shouting about either – it’s got the intimidating looks we’re used to from Lambo as well. What makes this even better? There was only 20 of the Reventon’s ever made. And if you’ve got just shy of £1million going spare, one of those could be yours.
4. Aston Martin One-77 (£1.1m)
If an Aston Martin is good enough for James Bond, it’s good enough for someone with £1.1million sitting in the bank. It’s sophisticated, it’s fast and it’s really bloody expensive… but what more do you want from one of the most expensive cars in the world and a supercar with a 7.3 litre engine?
4. Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster (£1.1m)
The Pagani Zonda is sitting pretty in joint fourth, proving that new doesn’t always mean better. It may cost a few hundred thousand less than it’s baby brother, but there’s no denying it’s just as impressive. But you could be in for a bit of a wait if you’re in the market for one, as Pagani only made 5…
3. Koenigsegg One:1 (£1.18m)
Now I know it sad, but this is one of the most expensive cars in the world that we have no idea about how you pronounce the name. But who cares when you find a car that looks like this. If you’re not one for following tradition, Koenigsegg’s self-titled ‘world’s first Megacar’ has a horsepower to kg curb weight ratio of 1:1. If you’re not sure what that means, it’s basically the ‘dream’ power to weight balance… hence the name, One:1. Clever eh?
2. Bugatti Veyron Vivere by Mansory (£2.01m)
Not only is this Bugatti Veyron one of the most expensive cars in the world, but it’s also the fastest road-legal car in the world. The Bugatti Veyron might seem a little less alluring since Katie Price bought one and sprayed it pink, but we’re sure Mansory won’t let her get her hands on one of these beauties.
2. W Motors Lykan Hypersport (£2.01m)
It’s got a funny name, it’s one of the most expensive cars in the world, and has a price tag so ridiculous you’d have to be swimming in money to buy one. The Lykan Hypersport comes from Lebanon (hand up who knew they were into making cars?), and it has lights covered in diamonds (real ones of course). If you’re looking for more than just pretty lights from a car, it will also do 245mph and 0-60 in 2.7 seconds.
1. Lamborghini Veneno Roadster (£3.3m)
And here we have it – the title of the most expensive car in the world goes to the Lamborghini Veneno Roadster. At an eye-watering £3.3million, any buyer should be expecting a lot from this supercar, but don’t hope to keep your eardrums intact.
The roadster follows in the footsteps of the hard top version (of which only three were made), and to be quite honest, it looks like it could take off at any moment. You’re going to have to be pretty ballsy to get in the driving seat of one – the name is Spanish for ‘poison’, you know.
I’m off to see if anyone in my family has one the lottery.
Your fearless mechanic,
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