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Are Electric Cars Good for Families?

As the world increasingly seeks to address environmental concerns, notably global warming, electric cars have been touted as one solution. Their popularity has soared in recent years, with sales figures reaching unprecedented heights. However, one lingering question remains: Are electric cars suitable for families? This article aims to explore the potential benefits and drawbacks associated with electric cars from the perspective of a family unit.

Affordability and Running Costs

While you might initially balk at the substantial upfront cost of an electric vehicle (EV), the long term prospects should make you think twice. Over the lifetime of an electric car, the associated costs can be significantly lower than their petrol or diesel counterparts. For example, the cost of charging an electric vehicle is markedly less than that of filling a tank with diesel or petrol. Furthermore, with advances in technology, individuals can find an electric car on a lease, mitigating the hefty upfront cost. The electric car leasing industry has been growing steadily, allowing families to have the best of both worlds–benefiting from an electric vehicle without making a major financial commitment. Importantly, as technology advances, the opportunity to upgrade your car to a superior model becomes readily available.

Environmentally Friendly and Health Benefits

With zero tailpipe emissions, EVs contribute significantly less to air pollution compared to traditional vehicles. Therefore families can actively play their part in enhancing the local air quality by owning an EV. Moreover, reduced exposure to air pollution can have significant health benefits, especially for children who are more vulnerable to air quality-related ailments.

Comfort and Quietness 

Another advantage of electric cars is their quietness. The absence of engine noise ensures a smoother and more peaceful ride, facilitating conversations, music-listening, or simply enjoying the peace, particularly on long drives with the family. Also, the low centre of gravity in many electric vehicles affords better handling and stability which can enhance the overall driving experience. 

Are There Any Downsides?

One of the shortcomings of electric cars initially was the limited range. However, recent advancements have seen the driving range of most electric vehicles greatly increase, reducing ‘range anxiety’. Despite these improvements, long-distance travel might require some planning due to the need for charging stops, which may not suit all family dynamics or needs. 

Additionally, the infrastructure for electric vehicles is not yet as widespread or as accessible as it is for petrol or diesel cars. Although charging points are on the increase throughout the UK, they are not as abundant or as fast at re-fuelling as petrol stations. These considerations may pose logistical hurdles for families who need to make use of their vehicle frequently or on short notice. 

To summarise, while electric cars may present some unique challenges for families, they can also offer a range of benefits. Not only are they cost-effective and environmentally friendly, but they can also provide a quieter and smoother driving experience. For some, the prospect of having to plan journeys more meticulously to account for charging might seem daunting. However, as electric car technology and infrastructure continue to improve, these challenges are likely to diminish over time.

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