The pros and cons of electric vehicles

Electric vehicles, or EVs, have for some time been a popular choice for any fleet manager looking to procure green cars.

With the obvious advantages of cost savings and lower impact on the environment, it's no surprise the market for them is growing - but have you considered the potential downsides as well?

Here we weigh up the pros and cons of electric cars to help you decide whether adding them to your fleet is the way to go.

Pros

·         Eliminate the need for fuel consumption. With the continuous fluctuations and volatility in the global oil market, no one knows what will happen to petrol prices in the future. Having electric cars in your fleet means that at least that worry is out of your mind.
·         Zero emissions. By running a fleet of 100 per cent electric vehicles, you can wave goodbye to tailpipe emissions and market your company as an environmentally conscious one.
·         Quiet operation. Noise pollution is another issue for company fleets. Fortunately, electric cars are much quieter on the roads without compromising on performance.
·         Easier maintenance. With less complex engines than conventional cars, most electric cars require less frequent servicing than their gas-powered counterparts.

Cons

·         Higher upfront cost. Like most green cars, electric vehicles tend to cost more to purchase - does your company have the funds to make that initial investment?
·         Limited range. One of the most glaring pitfalls of electric cars is the limited distances they can travel before they need to recharge, although manufacturers are working furiously to improve this.
·         Charging issues. On top of limited range and the need to frequently 'refuel', these vehicles can take some time to fully recharge, which can cause a drain on your business productivity.
·         Lack of development. Electric vehicles are yet to fully catch on in the world, with a current dearth of specialist EV mechanics and infrastructure such as charging points.

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