There are nearly half a million electric cars in the UK, and rising fuel prices have prompted more people to consider making the switch to electric vehicles (EVs). The government is banning the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030, a decade earlier than originally planned. It unexpectedly canceled its EV grant for cars with immediate effect, arguing it was having little effect on rapidly accelerating sales. Filling the tank of a 47-liter family hatchback with petrol now costs about £85, or £88 for diesel. Despite recent rises in electricity prices, charging at home often costs less than half of that, or roughly £41, to give the same mileage. However, according to the Energy Saving Trust, most drivers charge a combination of 70% at home and 30% at public stations. The price of public charging varies, but it might run at approximately £48, which is still substantially less than traditional petrol.

The cost difference between conventional cars and electric cars is decreasing and is anticipated to nearly vanish. A typical new electric car, however, still costs between £23,000 and £43,000 more than a comparable gas or diesel model. However, there are more and more affordable used EVs available. Several old five-seater electric hatchbacks for between £8,000 and £21,000. Another choice is leasing. claims that in 2021, there will be more demand for EVs than for diesel or gasoline vehicles. The government intends to ten-fold the number of chargers by 2030 as part of its EV goal.