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At Bericote we are constantly trying to improve our carbon footprint. We decided to begin the switch to fully Electric Vehicles (EV), with myself being the first one – so I thought I’d share my experience and thoughts this far.

EV in 2020 are still seen as a novelty, but every year more advancements are made to make it more attainable for the average person. Many worry that a fully electric car just won’t give them the mileage they need, when in reality, there are 100s of EV (not just made by Tesla) that can cover a range of up to 300 miles on a full charge.

My car for example is a Hyundai Kona EV, tried and tested range is about 250 miles on a full charge; that’s enough charge to get me from London to Birmingham and back again. Above is a photo of me with my EV when I was volunteering for Bericote’s chosen charity in Dartford – YMCA Thames Gateway. We were delivering happiness hampers filled with food and essential supplies to help those most impacted by covid-19.

Another misconception people argue about on EV is ‘there aren’t enough chargers around’. This may have been true a few years ago, but there are currently more than 30,000 charge points across the UK, that’s more chargers than petrol stations. On a rapid charger, you only need to charge up for 30-60 minutes before you can be back on your way. That allows time for you to reply to a few emails, use the facilities or maybe grab a coffee. It’s also easy and affordable to get a charger installed at your home, meaning if you do less than 300 miles in a given day you will be fine.

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