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Optimal Locations for Switching to Electric Vehicles

April 22, 2024 | by The Jeuns

The 10 Most Incentivised UK Towns and Cities for Electric Vehicle Ownership

When it comes to switching to electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK, some towns and cities are more incentivized than others. The top 10 locations with the highest scores for EV readiness have been revealed, making them ideal choices for those looking to make the switch.

Topping the list is Dudley, with an impressive EV readiness score of 8.11 out of 10. Despite having fewer charging points (2,398 people per charger), 98% of them are free to use, saving residents money on charging costs. With an average charging time of just 2 hours and 29 minutes, Dudley boasts some of the fastest charging points in the UK.

In second place is Nottingham, with a score of 7.85 out of 10. While the city may have longer average charging times for EVs, it ranks among the top 10 in the UK for charger availability, with 1,135 people per charger. Nottingham also offers an impressive 98% of free charging points for its residents.

Slough takes the third spot on the list, with a score of 7.67 out of 10. The city’s high average power output of chargers and quicker charging times than Nottingham make it a desirable location for EV ownership. Despite a lower charger availability (2,824 per charger), the city offers a substantial 95% of free charging points.

In addition to ranking the top towns and cities for EV ownership, a comparison of insurance prices for popular electric and combustion cars was conducted. Despite higher starting prices for electric vehicles, it is possible to find insurance quotes that are comparable to combustion cars. However, with the most expensive EV quote being nearly £300 more than the costliest combustion quote, it’s important to shop around for the best deal.

Connor Campbell, an expert at Independent Advisor Car Insurance, provides tips for saving on insurance for electric vehicles. He suggests considering driving habits, researching for the best prices, opting for pay-per-mile insurance, maintaining a good driving record, building up a no-claims bonus, and looking for incentives like free charging points to help reduce insurance costs for EV owners. By following these tips, drivers can enjoy the benefits of owning an electric vehicle while saving on insurance expenses.

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