The UK should lead the global fight against climate change by cutting greenhouse gases to nearly zero by 2050, a report says.
The government has set a target date of 2040 beyond which conventional car sales will be banned. However, the committee says that deadline should be 2030. So it seems that change is well and truly on its way.
An electric vehicle (EV) has been on my bucket list for a number of years. It would be an ideal way of reducing my carbon footprint and fuel bill. A the moment I drive a diesel car. I bought it when we were all being told by the government that it was the right thing to do. Now they have committed to banning them. I feel quite stupid now but I am hoping that an electric car, will be a smart move.
IS THE TESLA MODEL 3 A CONTENDER – EV?
I researched extensively before committing to any purchase. I got slightly sidetracked, however, when I spotted the new Tesla model 3. This EV seems to do significantly more miles than it’s competitors. The car can auto find you in a car park!!! I now have an image of me, like The Hoff and Kitt, suddenly swinging into Marks and Spencers. The car pulling up and me jumping in with my meal for a £10. This could be a reality!
I am not sure if it is quite yet in my budget but from the buzz on social media quite a few people have similar plans.
WILL I BECOME A MODERN DAY KNIGHT RIDER?
I am not sure that with UK roads being so different from those in the US I will get the change to call my car to pick me up. It would most likely get stuck on the roundabout in a massive line of traffic and I would have to walk home but I do see us all in the future driving electric vehicles. The idea of a car that auto drives doesn’t really appeal to me that much. There are just too many things that could go wrong. but the car does seem to outperform others on miles per charge and that is very attractive
IS AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE REALLY BETTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT?
I think any car can contribute too pollution be it diesel, petrol or EV. The car still has to be manufactured and once in use fuelled. I think the key factor is how green your electricity supply is. Unless you have your own solar panels you will have to tap into the national grid to charge it.
OCTOPUS EV TARIFFS
I use 100% renewable energy at home. I am with Octopus Energy who replace every kWh I take from the national grid with a kWh of renewable energy be it wind, solar or AD. Octopus offers a tariff specifically for EV owners called Octopus Go.
Octopus Go is an electricity tariff with a bonkers cheap 5p / kWh rate for four hours every night (between 12.30 and 4.30am). It was designed with EV-angelists in mind as charging can be done very cheaply whist your asleep. This can help keep fuel costs to around 1p per mile.
If you lease a car with Octopus EV and take OctopusGo, Octopus Energy will credit 8000 miles to your energy contract. Top that with a £50 amazon voucher when you buy or lease an EV using my Octopus EV referral code OEV-SC579 and it all starts to look rather attractive.
For now, I will carry on cycling and saving my pennies but I do hope a Tesla ends up on my drive someday soon.
Posted by Sarah at www.octopusreferral.link