What you need to know about buying an electric car

Electric vehicles (EVs) have been around a while now and with the UK Government confirming its plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030, there’s never been a better time to consider switching. If you’re ready to buy an electric car, M&S Bank can help with our personal loans as well as protect your new car on the road with our electric car insurance. But, if you’re not sure about the financial, practical and performance considerations, read on to find out all you need to know.

Financial:

Initial cost

Electric cars still cost more than conventionally-powered alternatives, but costs are coming down as more and more people make the switch. The sales of fully electric cars increased from less than 1,000 in 2011 to almost 100,000 in the first 5 months of 2022 alone.1

Insurance

Insuring an electric car is as easy as insuring conventionally-powered cars.

Tip: Make sure your insurance covers your battery and cables (even if the battery’s leased). That way, you’re covered if they get damaged in an accident or get lost or stolen. 

Why not check how much electric car insurance might cost with a quote for M&S Electric Car Insurance?

Cost of charging

Charging your car at home will definitely increase your electricity bill, costing about £15.10 for a full charge. But, if charging on the road, charging points at supermarkets and public car parks often let you charge for free. If pulling into a motorway service station, charging typically costs £11 for 30 minutes, approximately a 90 mile charge.2

Driving green

The UK Government have introduced “e-plates” for EVs which could mean benefits like free entry into new ‘ultra-low emissions zones’ and use of bus lanes.

Performance: Fact or fiction?

Range

‘Range anxiety’ – worrying you’ll run out of fuel on a trip – has long been a worry, but things are changing with some EV models now boasting ranges of 200+ miles.3

Battery life

Scare stories about the cost of replacing a battery that no longer holds its charge – think phone batteries after a couple of years – used to put off lots of potential EV buyers, but most manufacturers now offer seven or eight year battery warranties, or around 100,000 miles, as standard.

Practical:

How will I charge my EV?

The good news is that you’re never more than 25 miles away from a rapid charge point anywhere along England’s motorways and major A roads.4

Home charging

Perfect if you have off-street parking. A fully installed home charging point costs from £799.2 It’ll take between 5 and 12 hours to recharge from flat, depending on the size of the battery.

A ‘standard’ electric car, with a 60kWh battery and range of approximately 200 miles, currently costs around £15.10 to charge at home. If you drive around 150 miles a week, a nightly top-up should be spot on.2

Planning a longer journey?

With websites like ZapMapor Pod Point providing constantly updated information on the UK’s charging network, you’ll have no problem finding your nearest charging point or planning your route if you’re taking a long journey.

And with rapid “destination chargers” (typically taking just 20-40 mins to get an 80% charge) popping up at out-of-town malls, pubs and supermarkets, as well as at our service stations, it’s surprisingly convenient to top up while getting on with other things.

Ready to make the switch?

Hopefully we’ve debunked some of the myths surrounding electric vehicles and given you all the information you need to decide if your future’s electric….

So, if you’re ready to take the plunge, M&S Bank can help turn your ‘green dream’ into reality with our personal loans as well as protect your new car on the road with our electric car insurance.

Publication: August 2022

1 Correct at time of publication, see UK Government for up-to-date information

2 Correct at time of publication, see Pod Point for up-to-date information

3 Correct at time of publication, see Pod Point for up-to-date information

4 Correct at time of publication, see UK Government for up-to-date information