Buying an electric vehicle? Here’s what EV owners have to say!

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Are you considering buying an electric vehicle (EV) this year? In 2021, the conversation surrounding electric vehicles really took off and we saw more people buying an electric vehicle than ever before! Do you think you’re ready to make the switch to electric driving? If so, here are what some current EV drivers think of their eco-friendly alternatives.

People love driving EVs!

A new poll from ZapMap shows high satisfaction among those who drive electric vehicles. ZapMap is the UKs number one EV charging app, allowing EV drivers to confidently charge their vehicles on the go.

The results show that more than 90% of EV drivers are extremely happy with their electric vehicle and would not replace it with a conventional vehicle. This includes drivers of both battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs). 

While driver satisfaction was higher among both BEV and PHEV drivers, ZapMaps poll shows a much higher satisfaction rate for those driving pure electric vehicles. BEV drivers reported a satisfaction score of 91 out of 100 on average. Compared to only 74 out of 100 for petrol and diesel vehicle drivers.

This highlights the positive impact of electric vehicles on their drivers, who benefit from a brilliant driving experience, low running costs and low emissions. Only less than 1% of all-electric vehicle drivers said they would switch to driving a petrol, diesel or hybrid vehicle.

Your EV can travel further than you think!

Alongside happy EV drivers, the poll also shows that drivers were increasingly confident about driving long distances in a pure electric vehicle. When asked about their furthest journey in their EV, the majority said they had travelled over 200 miles in a single trip.

Almost a quarter of respondents said they have driven over 300 miles in a solo trip, while 7% said they have driven over 500 miles. These figures show the drivers are using their electric vehicles on longer journeys and therefore are not concerned about range anxiety.

Range anxiety is when drivers may fear not having enough miles to get them to their destination. It’s one of the most common reasons we heard for people not wanting to switch to electric driving. 

These figures should help remove some anxiety for those buying an electric vehicle. At least for the average driver an EVs range shouldn’t be an issue. In 2019, the Department of Transport reported that the average UK journey was only 8.4 miles – a distance which an EV would cover!

Many of the respondents were first time EV drivers with more than 48% saying that their current electric vehicle was their first one. Meanwhile, 28% said they had owned their current EV for over a year.

2021: the record-breaking year for EVs!

ZapMap’s poll comes at a time of record-breaking sales for the EV industry. Latest figures from the Society of Motoring Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that BEVs accounted for more than 25% of all new car sales in December 2021. 

Overall, the sale of pure electric vehicles went through the roof in 2021. Over 190,000 battery electric vehicles were sold in 2021, a 76.3% increase from 2020 sales. That means all-electric vehicles accounted for 11.6% of the total car market in 2021. Meanwhile, both petrol and diesel vehicles are in decline.

These statistics, plus ZapMaps poll, are strong evidence of a continuing shift in attitudes towards EVs. Transport Minister, Trudy Harrison, said, “These survey results show that drivers are becoming increasingly confident in making the switch to electric vehicles and I hope this data encourages others to consider going electric as we work towards the UK’s ambitious net-zero targets.”

Buying an electric vehicle from EV Sales

If you’re considering buying an electric vehicle, you’ve probably seen how expensive they can be. Even with the Governments plug-in grant, electric vehicles are out of a lot of people’s budgets. 

Here at EV Sales, we specialise in the sale of all-electric vehicles! At the moment, we have a range of both brand new and second hand electric vehicles. In terms of new electric vehicles, we have a few great options.

The first is the brilliant Vauxhall Vivaro-e electric van which is perfect for any business! We opted for the larger 75kWh battery Vauxhall Vivaro-e, which gives drivers a generous 200 miles of range. Plus, with thanks to rapid charging you can fully charge your Vivaro-e in just 30 minutes!

If the Vivaro-e is slightly too big for your liking, you could go for the Renault Kangoo electric van, which is equally impressive. The Kangoo is fitted with a 33kWh battery which provides roughly 120 miles on a single charge. 

One of the best features on the Kangoo is how practical it is! Thanks to its configurable rear seats you can choose between two or five seats, making it perfect for all occasions.

Buying an electric vehicle second hand!

We also have some brilliant second hand electric vehicles too! All of our second hand vehicles have only one previous keeper, meaning they’re in great condition. 

Tesla has become one of, if not the most, famous electric vehicle manufacturers across the globe. In fact, in 2021 the Tesla Model 3 was the second best selling car in the UK, and the best selling electric car.

Packed with fantastic features, we can see why the Model 3 is such a hit. We have a great 2019 Tesla Model 3 available right now. With only 32,000 miles on the clock and a stunning interior, this EV has clearly been looked after.

Interested in this Tesla Model 3? You can give our friendly team a call on 01634 914 063 or email us at for more information or to book a viewing.

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All information correct as of 19/01/2022.