Preparing for the future, today
By 2035, 14 countries including France and the UK will have banned the sales of new petrol and diesel cars. If we're to meet carbon reduction targets, we'll all need to start driving EVs in the very near future.
All major manufacturers now have all-electric or hybrid models, so there is something to suit everyone.
Benefits of driving an electric vehicle
Lower running costs
Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV)
BEVs use on-board battery packs to store electricity. The vehicle is fully reliant on the energy in the batteries to power the engine and all onboard electrics.
BEVs do not produce any harmful emissions and they do not have an exhaust. To charge the batteries, BEVs must be plugged into a charger.
Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
PHEVs have an electric motor powered by batteries and an internal combustion engine powered by petrol or diesel.
As the name suggests, PHEVs can be plugged in to recharge the batteries. But they also draw energy from a process known as regenerative braking.
PHEVs often go as far as 40 miles before their internal combustion engine kicks in to provide additional power.
Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV)
HEVs are primarily powered by an internal combustion engine, with a smaller electric engine available in tandem. The electric energy is generated exclusively by regenerative braking.
HEVs only use their electric motor as they pull away. But as the car picks up speed, the internal combustion engine kicks in.
Types of electric vehicles
There are three different types of electric vehicles.
- Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV)
- Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
- Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV)
Each type of vehicle uses electricity in a different way to provide power to the engine.
Recharge at home or on the road
You can charge your EV at home, at work or at public charging points while you do something else, rather than having to make a dedicated trip to a petrol station.
How you can benefit from an EV
Electric vehicles cost less to run
How far would £10 of petrol or diesel get you?
Electric vehicles are easier to maintain
Compared with hundreds of moving parts in a traditional car, the drivetrain of an EV contains around 20. That means less annual maintenance and even lower running costs.
Brakes and tyres should still be checked regularly, of course. But because EVs are generally much lighter than traditional cars, wear and tear tends to be much less, saving on replacement parts.
EVs can transport us towards zero carbon
Road transport accounts for a third of Jersey's total carbon emissions. Greater EV uptake would slash this and improve air quality for added health benefits.
Driving electric reduces your carbon footprint
Jersey's electricity supply is virtually decarbonised. And by using our decarbonised electricity as your fuel, an EV could greatly reduce your carbon footprint.
Electric vehicles reduce noise pollution
EVs emit a gentle hum when driven, creating a more relaxing driving experience and less traffic noise.
The future's electric
As bans on petrol and diesel vehicles come into force, the value of second-hand models is expected to plummet. Before you buy a new petrol car, think about how it may depreciate compared to an EV.
*Assumes 3.5 miles per kWh and respective tariff rates of 16.31p (General Domestic) and 8.63p (Economy 7 Night Rate).