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Electric Car Vs Best Economical Petrol/Diesel Car

Electric Car Vs Best Economical Petrol/Diesel Car
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Electric Car Vs Best Economical Petrol/Diesel Car

Electric cars or economical petrol/diesel internal combustion engine cars—which one is better? Electric cars were in their heydey back in 1900, but a giant rise in petrol engine cars, accompanied by battery technology inefficiencies killed electric cars by 1920. However, with recent improvements in battery technology and power electronics, electric cars have made a strong comeback. We will compare these totally different technologies carefully as well as scientifically, and come to understand which one is better to start off a luxurious ride.
Here we go:

Electric cars may be considered as the friendly cars ever of the planet and a cheap option for environmentally-conscious drivers, but will these cars care your pocket? will they care higher than the average purchase price and charging costs?

We are comparing the costs of buying and fuelling an economical petrol/diesel car and electric cars like Nissan Leaf, Tesla(model s and x) to show you which car is the best saving option for a normal person. The first-hand experience and benefits of owning an electric car particularly the Nissan Leaf or Tesla.

The 100% Electric Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf is 100% an electric car with smooth and responsive mobility and has a feel of the much more expensive car but it has also a very economical saving range. So why choose electric? why go Nissan Leaf in particular? beyond the fact that it is the world best-selling electric car. If you have one of these, you will never have to visit a petrol station(savings). If an average economical petrol/diesel car costs £80 per week, for an electric car it would be £20-25 which a big amount to save every week in particular with Nissan Leaf. Another benefit counts as electric vehicles do not have to pay London’s congestion charges so one can save money on travelling into London, having a Leaf, minimum road taxes or sometimes even pays zero. A Nissan Leaf is a quiet and smooth car to drive with no vibration and no noise on the engine. On the leaf, there is no gear to change so it’s just so easy to move around and have fun. It has a super surprising acceleration and torque as compared to a similar sized economical petrol or diesel car. You can easily trace the nearest charging station using your smartphones, even you can manage the inside system of the car from your phone by connecting it with the built-in software system. There is no exhausting pipe or silencer because it does not need. There are no emissions in it.The maximum range of  Nissan Leaf is 124 miles as an average people in the UK travels around 25-30 miles, once you get to know the Leaf how it works, how it drives in long distances, you find you don’t have range anxiety anymore. Electric cars can be much more convenient than other petrol cars as simply plug in when you get home(but not every time). But for longer journeys, how far the car would go before it needed charging? Yes, there are rapid chargers on the motorways (all around the country) in the UK so there is nothing to worry about it.

Example: Vauxhall Ampera

The Ampera is a strikingly modern looking car, with a front end that’s a good deal more assertive than that of its sister car, the Chevrolet Volt. The light clusters with their boomerang-shaped detailing, the unusual use of chrome along the car’s very unorthodox beltline and the blade 17-inch alloy wheels ensure that this Vauxhall isn’t going to be mistaken for anything else. At the back side, there’s a high deck incorporating a flat spoiler, design elements intended to emphasise a wedgy profile enhanced by a black shoulder line. Inside, the Ampera was designed to reflect the groundbreaking nature of its propulsion system.It has the best charging system for long drives. Battery storage is a further limiting factor when it comes to boot space, necessitating a luggage bay that’s a little shallower than most. Still, there’s a wide tailgate and 300-litres with the seats in place is a respectable showing. Plus, unlike with some electric cars, you can increase the space further by folding or bending forward the rear seat backs. There’s an under-floor area that’s commonly used to keep the car’s charging cable, but if you forget that at home, you have a few more litres of space for keeping valuables well out of sight. Storage for smaller items inside includes door pockets large enough to hold a 1.5-litre drinks bottle, with those in front incorporating a recess for umbrella stowage.

Example 2: Tesla Model S

Feel the freedom, enjoy the ride

Go everywhere, further, everything you need within the best available model “Tesla Model S”. Feel more open and confident, more joyous, connected and experienced, a more exciting drive in an electric car that does simple things brilliantly.

Tesla Model S an electric car is desired to be achieved according to the latest and fastest level from the ground up to be the safest, most exhilarating saloon on the road. With unparalleled performance delivered through Tesla’s unique, all-electric power-train, Model S accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in as little as 2.5 seconds. Model S comes with Autopilot capabilities designed to make your highway driving not only safer but a stress-free journey. Highly skilled and well managed experimental developments have been added to its dashboard to build the car performance more equipped and advanced. Four-wheel-drive and a Dual-Motor Model S is a categorical improvement on conventional all-wheel drive systems. With two motors, one in the front and one in the rear, Model S digitally and independently control torque to the front and rear wheels. The result is unparalleled traction control in all conditions.


Benefits of an affordable Economical Car:

Fuel-Efficient Driving, Driving with fuel economy in mind can help you conserve fuel and save money. Here are some steps you can take to ease up on your fuel consumption.

Ease Up on the Accelerator, Accelerate no more forcefully than needed to mesh smoothly into traffic.Fuel consumption is directly related to how hard the engine is working.

Lose Traction, Lose Fuel, Even if you’re not trying to race away from a stop, you may find your tires slipping, especially on wet or gravel surfaces. Each time a tire slips, whatever the cause, you’re losing gas mileage as well as endangering yourself. Take care when starting off on slippery or unpaved roads. Slow down on rough pavement.

Shift Smartly, With a manual gearbox, shift into the upper gears quickly.

Watch the Tachometer, Because tachometers are no longer limited to performance models, more drivers than ever have a chance to pay attention to engine speed as well as road speed. This allows you to find the engine’s most efficient rpm and stay close to that point whenever feasible.

Skip an Occasional Gear, No rule says you have to use each gear of your manual transmission every time, going through a never-changing 1-2-3-4-5 sequence.


Electric cars are usually more expensive than the other economical car or equivalent, their lower running costs mean they are still an attractive alternative. When it comes to the running costs of electric cars, there are two main digits: the cost of charging, and how far that charge will go (i.e. the cost per mile). Here, we’ll show you through how to calculate both and the different factors that can affect them.

How much it costs to charge your car will be influenced by the efficiency of the charger, as well as where you choose to charge your car. If you charge at a public charging point, you will pay whatever rate the company charge you.

Charging costs of an Electric Car: If you charge at home from the national grid, the cost will depend on which electricity tariff you are on. Charging at off-peak times with a time of use or Economy 7 tariff will be the cheapest. Otherwise, you will normally be paying around 12p per kiloWatt-hour to charge from the mains.

Cost per mile: The range of electric cars varies widely from different numbers to very high random numbers. Until recently, their range was limited to less than 110 miles, but it is now commonly as high as 260 miles. Still, there are many external things that create a problem for both sides to maintain a constant flow as it varies due to many reasons like the weather, the driving and speed, and how heavily the car is loaded.

Calculation for both Electric and an Affordable economical car is given:

Ford Focus 1.0 125 Titanium X Annual cost: £958.90

Ford Focus 1.0 125 Titanium X is known as one of the best economical cars in the UK, While the petrol Focus equivalent would set you back significantly more in fuel costs and car tax bills – though the tax is just £20 per year – buyers save £6,285 by opting for the petrol car in the first place.

What this means is that even with the most favourable home energy tariff it would take a substantial 7.7 years to recoup the extra purchase cost of the Focus Electric. More expensive energy tariffs could increase that time to a substantial 13.2 years – much longer than the average car owner holds onto their vehicle.

Ford Focus 1.5 120 TDCi Titanium X Annual cost: £785.98

Though the diesel model is more expensive to buy than the petrol, lower fuel costs and free car tax make the diesel around £170 cheaper per year to run. The purchase price stands at £700 over that of the petrol meaning that it would take around four years for a driver covering 10,000 miles per year to be better off with the diesel.


The battery size in an electric car is the rough equivalent, practically speaking, of the fuel tank size of a petrol/diesel car. By working out how much it costs to fill either, and then dividing this number by how many miles you expect to get out of the tank, you can figure out an average cost per mile.

Electric car: Battery capacity x cost per unit of electricity = cost of a full charge

Cost of charging ÷ range = cost per mile

Petrol car: Fuel tank capacity x cost per unit of petrol = cost of a full tank

Cost of fueling ÷ range/fuel efficiency = cost per mile

Petrol: Ford Focus 1.0 125 Titanium X                                                                                            Diesel: Ford Focus 1.5 120 TDCi Titanium X

Purchase cost: £22,295                                                                                                                                Purchase cost: £22,995

Fuel economy: 60.1mpg                                                                                                                              Fuel economy: 74.3mpg

Cost to cover 10,000 miles: £938.90                                                                                                        Cost to cover 10,000 miles: £785.98

Car tax: £20                                                                                                                                                  Car tax: £0

Annual cost of fuel and car tax: £958.90                                                                                                  Annual cost of fuel and car tax: £785.98

Time before electric car pays for itself: 7.7 – 13.2 years                                                                          Time before electric car pays for itself: 8.6 – 18.4 years

(put the exact numbers and calculate the exact amount the up coming years with your choice.

The conclusion of all of this for car buyers is that a typical driver would be worse off financially running an electric model compared to petrol or diesel equivalents. Though charging the electric Focus would set you back just £1.38 to £4.83 depending on electricity tariff, this only lets you cover 100 miles. A tank of fuel for petrol and diesel models may be much more expensive, but drivers can expect to cover around 720 to 890 miles per fill according to official fuel economy figures.

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