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Why My New Car Won't Be Electric

By Mark Smith

Private electric car sales are down. As I contemplate my next car purchase, I've ruled out electric vehicles. Here's why:

The Cost Factor

While it's true that running an electric car can be cheap if you have a home charger (around 7p per kilowatt-hour overnight), many people don't have that luxury. Public charging stations can cost up to ten times more, making electric cars less affordable for the average consumer.

Price Tag

Electric cars are still significantly more expensive than their petrol or diesel counterparts. Although Chinese manufacturers have brought prices down somewhat, the initial cost remains a barrier for most buyers.

Self-Interest vs. Environment

When faced with the choice between cost and environmental impact, most people prioritize their wallets. If electric cars are pricier to buy and run, it's no surprise that many opt for traditional fuel-powered vehicles.

Second-Hand Market

While the market for new electric cars has seen some growth, the second-hand market is still insufficient. Most people buy used cars, and until affordable electric options become widely available in this segment, adoption will remain slow.

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