Is it time to switch to electric?

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We’ve compiled some of the key facts surrounding the debate regarding diesel versus electric vehicles.




Filling Up

5 mins to fill tank 30 mins to charge
£1 = 10 miles £1 = 29 miles
Full tank = 652 miles Full charge = 250 miles but it varies greatly between city and motorway use
8500 stations in UK in all area types 19500 points but mainly concentrated in cities
Home charging available


99% of N0x emissions reduced by DPF Zero emissions from car
New EU7 standards reduce emissions further Pollution from fossil fuel / nuclear power stations
Engine development constantly improving

Driving Experience

The joy of engine roar No sound
Choice of gearboxes Only automatics
Responsive at all speeds Responsive pulling off
Underpowered on the motorway

Road Tax

Emissions based No road tax
Newer diesel cars are cheaper


Same Same
Availability of specialised parts may cause issues

Driving in the UK

Better for long journeys Only viable for city driving
Drive anywhere Mountainous terrain decreases range


Preheaters enable engine to start within seconds Range decreases by 40% in freezing weather



At the moment, the switch to electric vehicles would not be a viable unless you lived or operated your business in a large city.

Even though electric vehicle technology is advancing constantly, charging times and the decreased efficiency caused by terrain and weather are a significant factor.

So to is the lack of charging point locations nationally.

Diesels are here to stay until significant improvements are made technologically and to the UK transport infrastructure.

Is it time to switch? Not yet