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This is reflected in a significant increase in online searches for electric vehicles and an increase in vehicle sales. But what are the most popular electric cars right now? What do you need to know before buying?
Of those registrations, battery electric vehicles accounted for 190,727, more than the previous five years combined. Meanwhile, registrations of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles stood at 114,554 units. Overall, electric vehicles will account for 18.5% of all new vehicles registered in the UK in 2021.
As electric vehicles become more popular on the road, so does their social media appeal.
With that in mind, auto insurance comparison site Quotezone scoured Instagram and TikTok to find the electric cars that users share or quote the most.
The study found that Tesla leads the way in online popularity. The two electric cars that received the most tags were Tesla models. These are the Tesla Model 3 and Tesla Model S, with 1,300, 591,645 and 371,892,974 shares on TikTok and Instagram, respectively.
Tesla Model 3 – 1,300,591,645 social media shares, Tesla Model S – 371,892,974 social media shares, Audi E-tron – 167,907,366 social media shares, Porsche Taycan – 92,971,382 social media shares, Ford Mustang Mach-e – 34,411,216 social media shares, Nissan Leaf – 23,141,917 social media shares, Volvo XC-40 Recharge – 16,205,825 social media shares, BMW i3 – 15,927,608 social media shares, KIA EV6 – 13,813,314 social media shares and last but not least the Hyundai Ioniq 5 with 12,493,489 social media shares.
In addition to the obvious benefits of reducing pollution, electric vehicles are also significantly cheaper to run than gasoline-powered vehicles. Credit broker Norton Finance said the cost of running an electric car was typically reduced by around £106 a year, saving owners an average of around £1,492 on their lifetime bills.
With an electric car, you also don’t have to worry about paying congestion charges. Additionally, electric vehicles are said to hold their value better than gasoline and diesel vehicles.
If you decide your next car will be an electric vehicle, the good news is that there are multiple ways to finance the purchase, including an unsecured personal loan, a Personal Contract Program (PCP) or a hire purchase.
Zap-Map, the UK’s leading mapping service, this month released its annual public charging network satisfaction rankings.
The ranking, now in its fourth year, comes from Zap-Map’s annual Charging Survey, the UK’s most established and comprehensive driver survey, conducted in October 2021 with more than 3,000 respondents. For the first time, Zap-Map awarded top scorers a new certification for the “Best Electric Vehicle Charging Network.”
As part of the survey, respondents rated their overall satisfaction with the networks they frequently use, which was then used to rate each network up to five stars. They also assessed their satisfaction with the network in four key areas: reliability, ease of use, cost and facilities.
Four newcomers entered the leaderboard this year. MFG EV Power, a new network with charging stations installed in its forecourt network, entered the list with a strong second place for the first time.
GRIDSERVE Electric Highway is another new network that has both commissioned its groundbreaking forecourt in Braintree and purchased and is upgrading Ecotricity’s charging network. GRIDSERVE Electric Highway tied for 5th overall and 1st for facilities.
Roadside charging networks ubitricity and EV.Charge Online’s nationwide network of targeted charging stations are not new networks, entering the rankings for the first time in 9th and 13th places respectively.
Also worth noting, ChargePlace Scotland (13th overall) ranks first for cost, with many of its extensive network of fast charging stations available for free. ChargePlace Scotland is also in a transformation phase with a focus on improving the customer experience.
At the bottom of the table, the old Ecotricity Electric Highway points that have not yet migrated to the new GRIDSERVE chargers come last for the second year in a row. Additionally, bp pulse has dropped into the bottom three this year, joined by bp pulse’s own Charge Your Car network. It’s worth noting that not all of the problems EV drivers experience can be directly attributed to the grid, as they don’t always have chargers and set electricity prices.
InstaVolt took the top spot in this year’s overall ranking, with the fast-charging network scoring particularly well in reliability and user-friendliness. The other two fast charging networks taking second and third place were EV Power and Osprey
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