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Drive Electric

What

The next time you’re thinking about purchasing or leasing a car, consider an electric one - your purchase will significantly reduce your carbon pollution and improve local air quality.

Extreme E is using the electric SUV named ODYSSEY 21 for all its races. It chose SUVs as its series centrepiece as they are the most popular, yet most polluting type of vehicle among consumers.

Extreme E aims to showcase the performance and abilities of EVs and highlight their benefits for the planet in comparison to their combustion counterparts.

If you’re not in the market yet, but are inspired by Extreme E, why not test drive an electric car at your nearest dealership and find out the benefits for yourself?

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Why

Over a vehicle’s lifecycle, the carbon pollution from an electric vehicle is likely to be around three times lower than that of a conventional vehicle. And that’s based on our current energy grid - as the use of renewables increases, this number will too. Not only that, making a purchase now or even going for a test drive shows manufacturers there is demand for electric vehicles and helps develop this vital part of a more sustainable infrastructure.

There are other benefits. Air pollution is a significant issue in many areas worldwide, causing health issues amongst people of all ages. Using electric vehicles reduces the pollution in the air so we can all breathe easier.

How

Interested in buying?

Electric cars are particularly good if you live in a city or town - although as their range increases they are becoming more suitable in rural areas too. Find a dealer, take a test drive and find the one that works for you.

Not ready yet?

Buying a new car isn’t something most of us do very regularly. But that doesn’t mean you can’t start on this step. Why not commit to taking an electric vehicle for test drive? It’s good to start researching early - and let’s the industry know you’re interested in what they have got to offer.

References

Carbon impact 3 times lower

Carbon brief

Impact metric calculations:

Data for buying an electric car has all come from Defra’s Conversion Factors 2019, directly using their car categorisation by size, and relative data for popular fuel types.

Trialling an electric car is a good first step towards buying one, but doesn’t in itself save any carbon. In order for the pledge to pass through our system, we’ve given this a negligible carbon saving of 1kg CO2.