New data reveals the best locations to switch to electric vehicles

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The 10 Most Incentivised UK Towns and Cities for EV Ownership

RankCity/TownNumber of People per ChargerAverage Power Output of EV Chargers (kW)Estimated Charging Time% Of Free EV Charging PointsEV Readiness Score (/10)
1Dudley2398.30402 hours 29 minutes98%8.11
2Nottingham1135.27204 hours 34 minutes98%7.85
3Slough2823.74563 hours 15 minutes95%7.67
4York817.64413 hours 38 minutes89%7.65
5Bedford676.84184 hours 49 minutes98%7.50
6Derby1257.99303 hours 39 minutes96%7.30
7Dundee1507.24222 hours 47 minutes95%7.30
8Milton Keynes496.63204 hours 21 minutes97%7.19
9Basildon9657.27833 hours 32 minutes93%7.13
10Peterborough3713.16563 hours 27 minutes86%6.96

Dudley is the best town in the UK to switch to electric, with a final EV readiness score of 8.11 out of ten. Whilst it may only have 83 EV chargers (2,398 people per charger), 98% of those are free to use, helping residents save money on charging costs. The charging points in the town are also amongst the fastest in the UK on average (2 hours 29 minutes) – proving cost and speed a large selling point for Dudley’s EV infrastructure.

In second place is Nottingham, with a final score of 7.85 out of ten. Despite lengthy average charging times for EVs, the city is amongst the top 10 in the UK for charger availability (1,135 people per charger). Not only that, but people living in Nottingham can also enjoy an impressive 98% of free charging points.

Slough’s average power output of chargers, and over one hour quicker charging time than Nottingham places it as the third best city for EV ownership (7.67 out of ten). The high percentage of free charging points distribution (95%) also makes up for its disappointing spread of charger availability (2,824 per charger).

EV vs Combustion Engine: Which is Cheaper to Insure?

ElectricCombustion
ModelUK Price Range £Quote PriceModelPrice Range (£)Quote Price
Nissan LeafFrom 28,495£967Mini CooperFrom 22,935£922
Renault ZoeFrom 29,995£808500 LoungeFrom 16,790£841
Mg Zs ElectricFrom 30,495 £1,126Focus Zetec TDCIFrom 29,650£987
Mg 4 ElectricFrom 26,995£1,227Astra SRIFrom 29,160£807
Hyundai Ioniq ElectricFrom 30,750£1,275Corsa SEFrom 19,625£796

To help those considering switching to an electric vehicle, Independent Advisor Car Insurance compared insurance quotes for the five most popular electric and combustion cars by registration (Q3 2023).

Despite starting prices for these popular electric vehicles being higher, it is possible to get car insurance that costs roughly the same as a similarly popular combustion car. However, at the top end electric car insurance does start to creep up, with the most expensive EV quote almost £300 higher than the costliest combustion quote.

Connor Campbell, expert at Independent Advisor Car Insurance, provides his tips for saving on insurance for electric vehicles:

“Electric cars are more expensive to insure because they’re more expensive to buy. However, as they become more popular, EV prices will become more competitive, which should then bring down the cost of car insurance. For example, our findings show that the most popular electric cars receive comparable quotes to their combustion counterparts.

“If you’re considering making the switch to an electric car, there are steps you can take to save on insurance:

  • Consider your driving habits: If you’re only using an electric vehicle for short trips and not for frequent long drives, you might not need a long-drive range model. This can help you choose a cheaper model, consequently helping you to save on insurance.
  • Research for the best prices: Shop around, look out for the best deals and compare prices when choosing your electric vehicle. Comparing car insurance premiums is a tricky business, which is why car insurance calculators can help.
  • Consider pay-per-mile insurance: If you’re using your electric vehicle only for short trips, paying for the miles you drive can result in significant savings.
  • Keep a good driving record: Insurers see you as a low-risk driver if you keep your driving record clean, and practice safe driving habits such as looking out for speed limits, safe cornering, avoiding hard braking and mobile phone usage while driving.
  • Build up your no-claims bonus: sometimes it’ll work out cheaper to pay for a small repair, than to make a claim that could reduce your no-claims discount.
  • Look for incentives: EV charging availability and free charging points, like this study has shown, can positively impact the price you pay to maintain your EV.”

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