Electric car charge in the New Forest
As part of our commitment to be 100% sustainable and eco-friendly our car park has 2 charge points for electric cars. These can be pre booked for our residents before arrival. In the area we are one of the only places in the near New Forest vicinity to offer charge points outside of the larger hotels.
Advantages of electric vehicles
1) No fuel, no emissions
This is the key point that attracts many people to electric cars. If you want to decrease your personal impact on the environment through transport, then an EV is the way forward. The electric engine within an EV operates on a closed circuit, so an electric car does not emit any of the gases often associated with global warming. No petrol or diesel is needed in a fully electric vehicle, which is great for your carbon footprint.
Even better – if you charge your electric car at home, and your home runs on renewable energy from Good Energy, then your carbon footprint shrinks dramatically!
2) Running costs
Because you’re not paying for petrol or diesel to keep your car running, you can save a lot of money on fuel. At the time of writing, it costs around £63.80 to fill the average unleaded petrol tank for drivers of medium-sized cars in the UK. By comparison, depending upon the electric vehicle you own and the tariff you are on, a full charge of your electric vehicle could cost as little as 96p. With Good Energy’s Electric Vehicle Tariff, you could even save £60 a year versus the Big Six’s Standard Variable Tariffs, with the additional bonus of the electricity going into your EV being 100% renewable.
3) Low maintenance
We all know cars need a bit of TLC from time to time. Petrol and diesel engines can require expensive engine maintenance over their lifetimes – electric vehicles don’t.
Why is this? In a traditional combustion engine there are hundreds of moving parts which can potentially go wrong, whereas an electric motor has fewer than 20. This means that your EV is likely to have lower long-term maintenance costs than other vehicles.
Most of the fun of owning a car comes from getting out on the roads and putting it to work. In the past, electric vehicles haven’t had the sleekest image; many have had low expectations as to how well an electric car can do versus traditional engines.
As more manufacturers have piled into the market with their own take on the electric vehicle, the performance levels of EVs has rocketed. Electric cars are lighter, and – as all of their power is generated from a standing start – their acceleration capability can surprise. Certain brands, such as Tesla, have done a lot to improve people’s perceptions of electric vehicles – the Tesla Model S is one of the fastest-accelerating cars on the market, doing 0 – 60mph in just 2.5 seconds.
Of course, this isn’t the only measure of performance for a car. If you’re looking for something more family-friendly, then you’ll be pleased to know that many EVs are more spacious than conventional cars due to the lack of a large engine; they also offer a smoother drive with lower levels of noise.
If you like to stand out in the crowd than perhaps knowing that electric cars are becoming increasingly more popular might be a negative for you, but for many it’s a huge positive. As more EVs find their way onto our roads, we will see the supporting infrastructure expand. There are already over 4800 charging locations in the UK, offering nearly 7500 individual charging points – and these numbers are growing at an ever-increasing rate. Here in The New Forest there are 20 electric charge points. 2 of which you will find here at The Cottage Lodge Hotel.
To compare, in 2016, there were 8,459 petrol stations and this number has been declining since 2000. With the increase in electric vehicles on the road, we are likely to see this number continue to fall while the number of charging locations will increase further.
In addition to more charging points, the increased popularity of EVs also means more options to choose from for the car itself. There are more affordable electric car options available now than ever before.
Ultimately, it’s all about the bigger picture. Electric vehicles are a cleaner, more environmentally-friendly way to travel. Passenger cars and vans contribute to 17% of all carbon dioxide emissions in the UK, so we want to do what we can to reduce this figure and the subsequent effects of climate change whilst still being able to carry on with our lives, with minimal fuss.
An electric vehicle can help you do just that. And to make your life truly clean and green, you can sign up for Good Energy’s 100% renewable electricity, so the energy going into your EV comes just from sunshine, wind and rain. That means there’ve been no emissions in the generation of this energy, and there’ll be no emissions from your electric car either – a real no brainer!
So if you are visiting The New Forest minimise your CO2 footprint and bring your electric car or use one of the great public service links to get you here.
Information taken from the Good energy guide.
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