1 – Easier to social distance
You don’t need to go near a fuel pump with an electric car, which means we haven’t had to worry about visiting fuel stations, and how to touch fuel pumps or interact with the public without risking contamination since lockdown began. Instead, the only charging we’ve done for two months has been at home, which feels much safer.
2 – Cheaper to refuel
Like many other households, we’ve lost a lot of our income since lockdown began. It’s been a relief, therefore, to know that we’re paying something like £12 for every 200 miles we drive, thanks to our electric-car domestic energy tariff, instead of about £30.
3 – Kinder to nature
The pandemic has brought us all a little closer to nature, whether we like it or not, and it seems to compliment the zeitgeist to be driving something with no nasty tailpipe emissions.
4 – No noise pollution
See above. With no loud rumble from the engine and exhaust, the only noise pollution comes from the whispering of the tyres and air. So we, and our neighbours, can still hear the enhanced birdsong when we start up in the morning.
5 – No range anxiety
Related: Electric car range, explained.
6 – Some fun
The rapid acceleration when you put your foot down in an electric car means that the weekly trip to the shop has turned into the only small thrills we get on a weekly basis now.
7 – Feels like the future
The sense that the world is going to feel a little different when all this finally lifts fits the sense of belonging to a new world that electric-car owners have. Finally, instead of feeling like slightly brave early adopters, we electric-car owners suddenly make sense.
8 – Helpful advice
Related: How to charge an electric car.
9 – Self sufficient
Installing a home-charging point is the equivalent of that sudden need to buy and plant vegetable seeds at the beginning of lockdown. It’s the self-sufficient good life, but with a hard metallic twist, but the point is, you are no longer reliant on outsiders.
10 – Lack of aggression
Related: Electric car batteries explained.