If you're thinking about moving from an ICE vehicle to an electric car, this is the guide for you
Electric cars have been around for longer than you might think.
The first attempts at electrifying transport can be traced back to the nineteenth century when several brave inventors experimented with electric-powered vehicles.
From the French physician, Gaston Plate, who created the first rechargeable battery in 1865, to William Morrison who, in 1891, built an electric car featuring an incredible top speed of 12mph, the idea of an electric-powered vehicle isn’t a new one.
Even Porsche was in on the action, producing its first electric car in 1898. This attempt featured a 50-mile range, a 3bhp electric motor, and a top speed of 22mph. Just a year later a Belgian electric car became the first road vehicle to reach speeds of over 62mph – a record that wasn’t broken until 1902 by a steam-powered car.
But though interest in electric vehicles grew during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, innovation stalled as petrol-powered cars grew in popularity and accessibility.
It wasn’t until the 1960s and ‘70s when electric cars came back on the scene, fuelled by the beginnings of the climate crisis. Consumers wanted an alternatively fuelled vehicle, and businesses began to invest in electric technologies.
These days you’ll find a whole range of electric cars on offer, each offering something a little different. From the microcar Renault Twizy – perfect for city living – to the family favourite Volkswagen ID.3, or the ever-popular Long Range high-performance Tesla Model 3, there’s an EV out there for everyone.
If you’re interested in switching from an ICE vehicle to an electric one, this is the guide for you. We’ve put the hard work in so you know exactly how to pick the right electric car lease for you.