A cleaner environment
The big challenge today is to improve air quality and reduce pollution in our cities.
Record levels of air pollution in the UK is thought to be responsible for around 40,000 premature deaths per year.
Diesel vehicles are considered to be the primary contributor to this because they emit nitrogen oxides that contribute to health problems such as asthma.
The government has been told that electric cars will need to make up 60% of sales by 2030 in order to help the UK meet its environmental targets, according to a new report by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).
Local authorities are committed to creating a cleaner environment, reducing congestion and encouraging more efficient forms of transport.
With renewable energy from both wind and solar becoming cheaper to produce, this is now a realistic and achievable proposition.
"We want to ensure that by 2040 every car and van on our roads is a zero emission vehicle"
John Hayes, UK Transport Minister
Cleaner- quieter - cheaper to run cheaper to maintain
Fuelling an electric car costs from just 2p per mile, compared to around 10-12p per mile for a typical petrol or diesel car
Electric vehicles are currently exempt from Vehicle Excise Duty (road tax)
Motorists could save around £800 per year on average in tax and fuel by switching to an electric car
Government plug-in grants offer up to £3,500 off the price of an electric car, and up to £8,000 off the cost of an electric van
Other benefits include exemption from the London Congestion Charge and free parking in many locations
With fewer moving parts, electric cars require less maintenance, meaning motorists could save around £350 a year on servicing and repair bills