Case Studies

Buying an electric vehicle can seem like a big decision. Here are two people’s stories to help you see what it’s like to own one.

Line of taxis

I realised the impact exhaust fumes were having on our health and I wanted to make a difference. After looking into an electric car, I realised that financially it made sense too.”

Manny, Taxi Driver

Manny Khan, Leeds

Manny Khan is a private hire driver who has been driving an electric vehicle for his work for the past 18 months. He told us about his experiences:

“I’ve been driving taxis and private hire cars for around 10 years. A year and a half ago I decided to switch to an electric car after my daughter was taken into hospital with a lung infection. This made me realise the impact exhaust fumes were having on our health and I wanted to make a difference.

After looking into an electric car, I realised that financially it made sense too. A petrol car would cost me about £7,500 a year to fuel and maintenance. My electric car costs a fraction of that. The initial start-up cost was expensive but after two years I will have already paid my car off. When I charge at home I have an Economy 7 smart meter which has a cheaper night rate, helping me to minimise the cost of charging.

On an average day I do a four hour shift in the morning, take a break for lunch when I plug my car in, then do another four hours in the afternoon. Most of my jobs are short distance, but I can go as far as Harrogate, York and Halifax with no problems. Then I charge again in the evening so that I am ready for the next day.

I have been happy to own an electric vehicle for my work and have even purchased a new one since.”

Shelley Hughes, Tadcaster

Shelly has owned an electric car for just over two years and loves the fact that it’s so eco-friendly.

“I originally looked into owning an electric car because I’m interested in finding ways to reduce my impact on the planet. Also, a friend of mine highly recommended getting one so in the end it was a bit of a no brainer really.

My husband works further away in Wakefield, so he uses the car for work every day. Most days he does the school run too. He loves not feeling guilty about pumping out fumes around the children.

We visit Leeds quite a lot to see friends or on family trips, so when I heard about the Clean Air Zone that’s coming in 2020 I was pleased we had an electric car because we are exempt from any charges.

At home we’re in the habit of plugging in after every journey, so we’ve always got a full battery. If we need a top up while we’re out, we use the nearest public chargepoint.

Range is probably the biggest drawback but the 100 miles we get with our car covers us for the majority of journeys. For bigger trips we just plan the journey accordingly and stop for a bite to eat while charging.

The range on new cars is extending all the time. We’re looking at getting a new one next year which will go further. We’re even thinking about getting rid of the caravan so we can have two!”

close up of an electric vehicle charging in a residential street

I originally looked into owning an electric car because I’m interested in finding ways to reduce my impact on the planet. A friend of mine highly recommended getting one so in the end it was a bit of a no brainer.”

Shelley, Electric Car Driver

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