10 things we love about electric cars in lockdown

Erin Baker explains why she’s lucky to own a Nissan Leaf in lockdown, and shares what potential electric car buyers should look for.

We’re running a Nissan Leaf for six months and we’ve been so grateful for it since lockdown began. Here’s why electric cars make perfect sense right now.

Nissan Leaf collection in St Albans (Image: T. Larkum)

Nissan Leaf collection in St Albans (Image: T. Larkum)

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

Lockdown means fewer, more local journeys, so we’ve completely forgotten what range anxiety feels like, which is definitely the way forward. Not that we’ve had it very often – the Leaf is good for about 230 miles.

Read more: Autotrader

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