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Motorists could save £1,900 a year by switching to electric

With petrol prices rising to a record high* in the UK, it will come as no surprise that interest in electric cars has also risen sharply, with searches for ‘electric vehicles’ skyrocketing this year by 1,500%. 

But as the cost of domestic energy is also increasing dramatically, just how much more cost effective would it be to own an electric car and charge it at home? The car experts at Quotezone.co.uk have crunched the numbers to find out exactly that.

Quotezone.co.uk is able to reveal that motorists can save an average of 80% of their fuel costs per year if they switch to an electric car, which amounts to £1,900 in annual savings despite the rising cost of domestic electricity.

Quotezone.co.uk also crunched the numbers on a regional basis to reveal that drivers in the Inner East and Inner West of London would benefit from the biggest cost savings from going green. With petrol prices per litre in both areas estimated at £1.526 and price per kWh at £0.185, Quotezone.co.uk then estimated a year of driving equivalent to 10,000 miles. This would suggest a total cost of £2,441.60 with a petrol car a year and just £457.48 in an electric car. Residents from these areas could see an 81.26% decrease in costs by switching from a petrol to electric vehicle – a staggering £1,984.12 decrease in expenses per year.

All areas of London made the top 5 (Outer London: East, North East, South, West and North West) – with petrol prices at the time of analysing reading at £1.510 per litre, 10,000 miles (the estimated equivalent to a year’s driving) in a petrol vehicle would cost £2,416, five times more than in an electric car at just £457.48. This would save residents 81.06% in expenses – £1,958.52 a year.

London is the best region to be a green motorist

 CountyRegionSavings in cost from petrol to EV (%)Savings in cost from petrol to EV (£)
=1Inner London — EastLondon81.26%£1,984.12
=1Inner London — WestLondon81.26%£1,984.12
=3Outer London — East and North EastLondon81.06%£1,958.52
=3Outer London — SouthLondon81.06%£1,958.52
=3Outer London — West and North WestLondon81.06%£1,958.52
6East Yorkshire / Northern LincolnshireYorkshire and the Humber / East Midlands80.78%£1,950.44
7North YorkshireYorkshire and the Humber80.76%£1,947.24
8West YorkshireYorkshire and the Humber80.66%£1,934.44
9CumbriaNorth West80.64%£1,990.76
10South YorkshireYorkshire and the Humber80.56%£1,923.24

Greg Wilson, Founder of car insurance comparison website Quotezone.co.uk comments:  “Fuel prices are on everyone’s lips at the moment as prices rocket and the deadline for the switch to electric vehicles looms.  Whilst electricity prices are also on the up, we thought it an ideal time to stop and compare, to help get a sense of where there are real savings to be had.

“Of course there are a lot of other variables involved in choosing between petrol and electric cars such as the cost of buying the vehicle itself, the cost of installing charging infrastructure and how much they cost to tax and insure.  Electric cars tend to be more expensive to buy new but there are tax incentives from the government to help make them more affordable.  Insurance wise, it’s actually become more of a level playing field as more insurance providers add electric cars to their offering, creating more competition and better value for our customers.”            

Most popular petrol car and EV in London

Interestingly through further analysis, Quotezone.co.uk were able to reveal the most popular petrol car model in London to be the Toyota Corolla, and the most popular electric car model to be the Hyundai Ioniq.


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