Contrary to popular belief, the electric vehicle is not something that has recently been discovered – rather, its history dates all the way back to the 1880’s when it is thought that the first human-carrying electric vehicle, with its own rechargeable source of power, was tested in Paris in 1881.

Why, then, have electric vehicles seen such a surge in recent years, and just how much better are they? Well for one thing, the new regulations around diesel vehicles which started to come into play in 2019 had a major impact on the market, leading to an increase of more than 140% for electric vehicles across the year. This has inevitably increased in line with the growing manufacture of electric vehicles by the world’s renowned car brands, finally bringing affordable and reliable electric vehicles to the market.

So, how do these vehicles work for the regular customer?

Cost is of course an important factor in selecting any car – electric or otherwise – and while an investment in electric will cease the need for petrol or diesel purchases in the future, electricity does not come for free.

One of the top things to consider with any electric vehicle purchase is the charging of the car, whether on the go, at work, or safely parked at home. While many offices and companies will install a select number of chargers and offer their employees free use throughout the day, stopping to charge up during a long journey will cost you money – and linking a charge point up to your own home will also add a little on to your electricity bill.

Luckily, there are now a vast range of solutions which cater to all common requirements, with domestic, commercial and company chargers available to suit all models and makes of electric vehicle. Every electric car purchase comes complete with an app which provides key information about the potential charge points on any journey, making it easy for users to assess the need and plan a route according to the necessary stops.