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Are Electric Cars Reliable?

Having a reliable car is essential for every driver, regardless of whether it is fuel or electric-powered. While we can mostly speak for the reliability of petrol and diesel cars by now, the rapid development of technology has pushed transport into its next stage of evolution – electric vehicles.

With the confirmed ban on new petrol and diesel car sales by 2030, the future seems to be electric cars, whether we like it or not. The answer to the question of how reliable they are depends on the make and model of the vehicle but there are many benefits and downsides to take into consideration if you’re thinking about getting an upgrade.

Efficient Advantages

The initial upfront price of an electric or hybrid vehicle may be higher but the energy-efficient pros of owning one usually offset these costs. This includes some big money-saving perks that you do not get with petrol or diesel cars, thanks to them being zero-emission vehicles. Owners get to skip out on paying road tax, London congestion charges, and the soaring petrol prices.

Not only are EVs better for the environment, but their design offers numerous other advantages: less moving parts and no fluids need replacing, plus access to cutting-edge technologies like solid state batteries, battery management systems and regenerative braking.

You can maximise the benefits of your electric car by using premium Firestone tyres or other quality brands. These are exclusively designed for electric vehicles to keep them performing at their best. That being said, electric cars do not necessarily need EV-specific tyres but your old ones might be doing more bad than good.

The Downsides

Electric vehicles certainly present numerous advantages, yet you should carefully consider their potential drawbacks before investing in one.

An electric car’s range depends heavily on its battery size, weather conditions, age and driving patterns – as well as other external influences like age and driving patterns. This can become a problem if you’re looking to travel long distances, so it’s recommended that you check the maximum range before purchasing. You can expect modern models to have a range of 100 and 300 miles.

The UK’s charging station infrastructure is developing rapidly but the number available to drivers depends on the area. While some places will have many opportunities for charging, others will have barely any charging points at all. Petrol stations are normally easier to find and take less time to refuel the vehicle.

Batteries are central to EV operation and are responsible for storing the electricity and powering the car. This makes it the most expensive element of electric cars and the cost of replacing them can be high if there is ever a problem.

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