Why it can be a good idea to buy an electric or hybrid car


Almost 6 out of 10 Spaniards are considering purchasing an electric car

The price of access to
emission-free models, 100% electric, plug-in hybrids and hybrids still raise some doubts about the profitability of this type of model. According to the association of manufacturers Anfac, in January 2023, 19,845 vehicles of this type have been delivered in Spain. They represent a market share of 38.3%. This quota increases in passenger cars to 45% with 19,084 deliveries.

Although if we differentiate according to their level of electrification, it must be recognized that pure electricity is still very much in the minority.
Electric vehicle sales grew 254% in January, reaching 2,188 registered units this month. It represents 4.2% of the market share in January.

In each case,
you have to do a lot of numbers to find out if we’re really interested in a zero-emissions vehicle, strictly speaking from an economic point of view, although the total price per cost of ownership may be lower in the electric car.

53% of Spaniards are considering buying a car in 2023. Although the reasons vary,
33% are considering renewal because he feels his current car is too old and 30% to buy a more sustainable vehicle. In addition, a fifth of those surveyed (21%) would make it a priority to buy a car that consumes less fuel and is cheaper to maintain.

These are some of the data from the Consumer Spotlight consumer survey, conducted by Liberty Seguros in the months of November and December 2022 among about 1,800 users in Spain, Portugal and Ireland, of which 800 are Spanish.

Among those who intend
buy a car in the next 12 months26% of those surveyed expect to buy a new one, compared to 10% who would buy second-hand. Finally, 17% still have doubts about this.

As for fuel,
more than half of Spaniards (56%) If you were to buy a car this year, would you consider getting an electric or hybrid car? This percentage is even higher among the young population (18 to 29 years), namely 64%. However, it is only an option for 48% of the over-55s. These data show the clear change in trend from the current situation.

Of those who would not consider purchasing an electric or hybrid vehicle, 54% reject them because they consider them “too expensive”. They are followed by the lack of one
charging infrastructure sufficiently developed (36%), the lack of willingness or impossibility to install a charging point at home (31%) and the perception that these are suitable vehicles for short distances and large cities, where there is a difference of opinion by gender (22 % for women and 36% for men).

The pure electric car and the v
plug-in hybrid Combustion engine cars are slowly gaining a place in buyers’ preferences, with more models on the market. The main advantages are the zero CO2 emissions in circulation and the possibility to “feed” them with electrical energy from renewable sources.

Autonomy, time and price of charging are the main questions that arise when making a purchase decision. Although the way to enjoy
or use a car as a means of transportation It evolves and new formulas such as renting give access to a vehicle with certain characteristics for a certain time and for specific tasks.

Manufacturers publish the range data for an electric car, but in order to make comparisons and have the most realistic value possible, it should be noted that this figure is calculated according to the WLTP measurement cycle, which best fits the real conditions of use of a vehicle. For example, a BMW iX3 indicates a maximum autonomy of 460 kilometers in the WLTP cycle and 520 kilometers under the previous NEDC cycle.

If we don’t have that data at hand, there is a “trick” to calculate it approximately. Battery manufacturers claim that on average
each kWh battery is equivalent to 10 kilometers of autonomy. But this figure changes significantly if we take into account the power and weight of the vehicles. If you do not have the official data, there is an easy way to calculate the estimated autonomy.

In a small car
multiply the battery capacity by a factor of 7.5In a Renault Zoe of 40 kWh, for example, we would have a range of 300 kilometers. In a medium-sized car, the factor is 7; and in a large 5. In this way, a 39 kWh Hyundai Ioniq would have an autonomy of about 273 km; and an Audi eTron of 71 kWh, of 355 kilometers.

The charging time of an electric car depends on the speed of the charger, the size of the battery, the capacity of the car charger (depending on the model)
and the cable we use. If the car doesn’t support fast or ultra-fast charging, we won’t be able to take advantage of the most powerful charging speeds.

Source: La Verdad


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