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5 reasons why it makes sense to go electric today

With great range, easy public charging, and cost-effective home charging on all-electric cars like the Nissan LEAF, there are lots of benefits to making the switch ahead of 2030...

With great range and easy cost-effective charging on all-electric cars like the Nissan LEAF, there are lots of benefits to making the switch ahead of 2030

The future of the car has long been electric, but now the UK Government has confirmed a 2030 deadline on sales of new petrol and diesel models – with all new cars being 100% electric from 2035. Why wait until then to make the switch, though? When you’ve got great all-electric models like the Nissan LEAF hatchback and the upcoming Nissan ARIYA SUV, there are lots of reasons to go electric right now.

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1) Electric cars already have the range you need 

Today’s electric cars are already a match for petrol and diesel in terms of range – with 62kWh Nissan LEAF e+ models boasting 239 miles (WLTP) of range, and the upcoming Nissan ARIYA offering up to 310 miles (WLTP)[1].

2) Home charging is easy as pie and cheap as chips

Plugging your Nissan LEAF in for a charge when it’s not being used is cheaper than you may think. You can expect to pay less than 4p per mile for home charging, compared to nearly 11p per mile for a petrol car[2]. Plus, if you go electric now, you can make the most of those everyday savings straight away.

3) There are lots of public chargers, with more coming fast

There are currently 13,000 UK charging locations in the UK, with 2500 offering rapid charging[3] – and those numbers are growing every day. With 97% of motorway services offering rapid charging[4], it’s easy to do a fast recharge on long journeys.

4) Public charging isn’t a chore. It’s easy to top up

It’s quicker and easier than you think to top up on the go. Using a 50kW CHAdeMO rapid charger, a 62kWh Nissan LEAF e+ takes just 90 minutes to boost its battery from 20% to 80% on a rapid charger[5]. That’s worth around 143 miles, so it’s easy to see how you can fit little boosts of range around everyday activities.

5) Benefit from cost savings right now

The UK Government currently has a range of grants for early adopters that make buying and running an electric car incredibly affordable – whether it’s contributing up to £3000 of the purchase price[6] up to £350 of the cost of installing a home charger[7], or providing a range of ongoing benefit-in-kind (BIK) and road tax savings, as well as congestion and ultra-low-emissions zone (ULEZ) exemptions. All working together with the low recharging costs, it’s hard to see why you wouldn’t go electric.

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[1] Nissan LEAF e+ 62kWh battery with 239 miles range. Nissan ARIYA 87kWh battery with 310 miles range (provisional figures subject to final homologation). WLTP figures shown are for comparability purposes. Actual real-world driving results may vary depending on factors such as the starting charge of the battery, accessories fitted after registration, weather conditions, driving styles and vehicle load. 

[2] Petrol cost for 239 miles, based on average price of £1.15 per litre (AA, October 2020) and a car delivering a fuel economy of 48.2mpg (combined). 48.2mpg = 4.96 gallons = 22.5 litres @ £1.15 = £25.93 (10.9p per mile). Cost to charge 62kWh Nissan LEAF e+ to up to 239-mile range based on average daytime electric rates of 14.4p per kWh (UK Power, November 2020) = £8.93 (3.7p per mile). 

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[5] Indicated rapid charging time may vary depending on factors including charging conditions, battery and ambient temperature at point of use. 

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