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Get to know the advantages of electric cars

Last updated on January 31, 2024 in Electric Vehicles by Geotab Team |  5 minute read


Thinking about going green? It’s important to analyse the pros and cons before making the jump. Read on to learn about the benefits of electric vehicles.

The growth in popularity of electric vehicles (EVs) over the past decade has been remarkable. After long holding a negligible share of the auto market, EVs now account for a significant portion of new vehicle sales worldwide.

 

Global EV sales doubled in 2021 to a new record of 6.6 million. Experts expect this trend to continue. Nearly half of potential car buyers in the U.K. are considering an EV, a 49% increase from last year.

This surge in popularity includes consumers and commercial use. Fleet owners are increasingly turning to electric vehicles due to their numerous advantages over traditional internal combustion engine vehicles. EV market revenue could reach £462.1 billion in 2023 and ride a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.84% to hit £674 billion by 2028.

 

Understanding the benefits and drawbacks of EVs is vital for everyone, especially those considering purchasing a vehicle or fleet owners looking to transition. Electric cars are slated to increase from a 2% global share in 2016 to 22% in 2030.

 

Let’s explore the benefits of electric cars and potential drawbacks so fleet managers can make an informed decision.

Electric car benefits and drawbacks for fleets

What makes electric vehicles so attractive for companies with fleet needs? They offer high efficiency, zero emissions and reduced maintenance requirements. They’re also a major win for environmentally conscious businesses because they minimise a fleet’s carbon footprint.

 

There are challenges that fleet-based businesses face when adopting EVs, however. Limited driving range, longer refuelling times and higher upfront costs can be hurdles. Advances in EV technology can counter these drawbacks, making EVs increasingly viable for fleets.

The advantages of electric cars

We’ve put together a list of benefits that could help nudge you toward sustainable fleet management. Consider these points when you’re contemplating how EVs could make an impact in your fleet.

Environmental benefits of electric cars

One of the most attractive benefits of electric vehicles is how they contribute to a more sustainable future:

  1. Zero emissions: EVs produce zero tailpipe emissions. They do not emit harmful pollutants or particulate matter into the atmosphere. This helps improve air quality, especially in urban areas, and cuts down on noise pollution from loud engines.
  2. Reducing climate change impact: EVs help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by not burning fossil fuels. This is crucial in mitigating climate change, as road transport contributes about 24% of  CO2 emissions in the U.K.
  3. Lower carbon footprint: The carbon footprint of an EV is generally lower than that of a conventional vehicle. As the electricity grid becomes greener, this advantage will only increase.
  4. Energy conservation: EVs are significantly more energy-efficient than conventional vehicles. This efficient use of energy helps conserve our planet's resources.
  5. Sustainable charging: With the proper infrastructure, EVs can charge using renewable energy sources like solar or wind power. This further reduces their environmental impact and makes them crucial to a sustainable, low-carbon future.

Cost savings of electric cars

EVs offer significant cost savings over time, which can make a big difference when building a fleet of vehicles. Electric cars have lower fuel costs because the electricity needed to charge them can often be cheaper than petrol. In addition, maintenance costs are lower; EVs don’t have as many moving parts and don’t require oil changes. Finally, the availability of tax credits and grants can offset the higher upfront costs of switching to electric cars.

 

Over time, these significant savings can add up and make a big difference to your company’s bottom line, especially for fleets, whose costs multiply across several vehicles. That doesn’t even touch on the resale value of EVs, which often retain their worth well. When it’s time to upgrade, you can recoup some of the cost of transitioning.

Improved safety and performance

EVs aren’t just cost-effective. They also offer some safety benefits, including state-of-the-art driver assist and safety features typical of most new vehicles. Electric vehicles benefit from performance enhancements that traditional internal combustion cars don’t have. These include:

  • A lower centre of gravity than petrol-powered cars, leading to reduced rollovers.
  • Quicker acceleration due to increased torque.
  • Better crumple zones due to the absence of a large engine block.

These fleet safety and fleet sustainability features make managing your fleet even easier.

Compliant with changing policies

Businesses aren’t the only ones shifting their priorities to electric vehicles. Governments worldwide are increasingly investing in making EVs more affordable. 

 

In the U.K., the government has announced several grants to help EV buyers save money on zero-emission cars, allowing taxpayers a nice break in the cost. The goal is to help kickstart EV demand. There are also new rules surrounding paying at chargepoints to make things simple for EV owners.

 

Additionally, the EU Green Deal demonstrated a commitment to decarbonisation by extending government subsidies for electric heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) that were due to be phased out. The Electric Vehicles Initiative supports governments in reducing vehicle carbon and air pollutant emissions, further catalysing the clean transportation economy.

 

Internationally, similar efforts are underway. The Biden-Harris administration in the U.S., for example, has announced a series of investments to make EVs more affordable and accessible. This includes the National EV Charging Initiative. This is a concerted effort involving business, labour and government entities.

 

The shift toward EVs consists of more than just government initiatives. Automakers are also making significant commitments to electric vehicles.  

 

The commitment to EVs is a global trend and reflects growing recognition of their environmental benefits and potential cost savings.

Overcoming challenges

For all their benefits, EVs aren’t without their challenges. Fleet managers must be aware of and ready to deal with issues unique to electrified vehicles. Some of these challenges include:

  • Shorter drivable distance due to limited battery range.
  • Slower charging speeds, which can impact fleet uptime.
  • A lack of charging infrastructure, especially in rural areas.

Fleet managers do have plenty of options to offset these problems, however. They can take extra time to plan routes to optimise battery capacity. Determining traffic conditions, weather and terrain will help them plan most efficiently. While advancements in battery technology are leading to longer-range EVs, they still have trouble keeping up with traditional engines. 

 

To overcome slower charging speeds, many route managers turn to fast-charging solutions. These chargers can reduce charging time and quickly get vehicles back on the road.

 

While governments are stepping in to offer subsidies and incentives to promote the installation of charging infrastructure, there are still far fewer stations than are necessary, especially in rural areas. Many electrified fleet managers address this issue by installing dedicated charging stations at their facilities.

Are electric cars worth it?

While the number of internal combustion vehicles on the road still significantly dwarfs that of electric vehicles, there’s still a compelling case for EV adoption. While upfront costs might be higher, the continued priority shift among automakers, governments and delivery companies to rely on EVs is a good sign they’re not just here to stay but to grow.

 

Ultimately, your decision to electrify your fleet comes down to budget priorities and needs. Analyse your existing fleet’s driving profiles with Geotab’s EV Suitability Assessment to help determine if EV adoption makes sense for your business. 

Frequently asked questions

What are the benefits of electric cars?

There are many benefits to electric cars, some related to our environment and lower emissions overall, and others related to tax breaks for EV owners.

What are the benefits of electric cars?

Many EV owners find that they save money and time with their electric vehicle rather than having to spend money on petrol or getting the oil changed. They also can rest assured that their vehicles are not contributing to emissions or damaging the environment compared with petrol-powered vehicles.

What are the pros and cons of an electric car?

There are several pros to electric cars. Looking at environmental factors, there are less emissions, improved safety, and other cost-benefits for those who choose to purchase them. However, there are also some disadvantages, which include shorter driving distances, slower charging speeds, and a lack of charging infrastructure in some areas. 


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