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Is an electric car right for me?

I have a Nissan Micra which I am considering replacing for an automatic city car. I like the Kia Picanto. However, I am wondering if I should consider buying an electric car? My mileage is around 4000 a year. I live in north London, close to the North Circular, so would be affected by the planned expansion of the Congestion Charge Zone and ULEZ.

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It sounds like an electric car could work for you. Life with an electric vehicle (EV) is easier if you mainly cover short journeys (which, living in London and covering 4000 miles a year, I assume you do) and can charge at home. If you can't charge at home, relying on public chargers will be a hassle so I'd advise you stick to a petrol car. Electric vehicles are expensive, too, although there are a number of new models on their way which ought to offer more choice for less money - including a new Renault Zoe, Vauxhall Corsa-e and Peugeot e-208.

Having said that, don't feel pressure into buying an electric car. Petrol cars will continue to be the sensible choice for a long time yet, and modern petrols like the Kia Picanto are very efficient and are compliant with ULEZ standards.
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