25 October 2023

The ultimate checklist for drivers wanting to switch to EV

So you’re eager to make the leap from a traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle to an electric vehicle (EV). Well then, congratulations on taking a significant step towards a greener and more sustainable mode of transportation! At Alfen, we understand that making this switch involves careful planning and consideration. As pioneers in the EV charging scene since 2008, we’re here to provide valuable insights and experiences  for EVs and EV charging stations. This checklist is designed to help you navigate your journey towards an electric future.

1. Research and budgeting

  • Understand your driving needs: Tailor your EV choice to your daily driving habits, considering factors like the average miles you drive and your typical journeys. This information will guide you towards selecting an EV that’s the right fit for you. 
  • Set a budget: Take your financial situation into account and establish a budget that encompasses the purchase price of the EV plus charging infrastructure costs and potential incentives.

2. Charging Infrastructure

  • Home charging: Investigate the feasibility of installing a charging point at home, especially if you live in an area with limited public charging infrastructure. Evaluate your parking situation and your grid connection’s capacity together with a qualified installer.
  • Public charging: Familiarise yourself with the public charging options in your area. Identify charging stations in your neighbourhood, along your regular routes, at your workplace and other important destinations such as shopping centres, grocery stores and fitness locations.

3. EV Models and options

  • Select the right EV: Research available EV models in the market and consider factors like size, efficiency, range, charging capabilities, features and your personal preferences that fit your budget and driving needs.
  • Test drive: Visit local dealerships to test drive EVs to get a feel for different models. Pay attention to comfort, handling, and interior space.

4. Incentives and grants

  • Government incentives: Check for government incentives and grants available for EV buyers. These incentives can significantly reduce the initial cost of your EV.
  • Congestion charge and road tax: Be aware of any exemptions or reductions in congestion charges and road tax for EVs in your area, which can help you save even more.

5. Insurance

  • Update your insurance: Contact your insurance provider to update your policy. Some insurance companies offer discounts for EV owners due to lower maintenance costs.

6. Maintenance and servicing

  • Scheduled maintenance: Understand the maintenance requirements of your EV. These cars typically have fewer moving parts, resulting in lower maintenance costs.
  • Find a Service Centre: Locate a nearby service centre or dealership that can perform routine maintenance and repairs on your EV.

7. Charging etiquette

  • Learn charging etiquette: Familiarise yourself with common charging etiquette, including how to use EV points and the importance of making them available after you.

8. EV accessories

  • Purchase necessary accessories: Depending on your EV and driving needs, you may need accessories like charging cables, adapters or home charging station upgrades. Make a list and acquire them as needed.

9. Driving techniques

  • Adapt your driving style: EVs have unique driving characteristics. Learn how to maximize efficiency, including regenerative braking and eco-driving techniques.

10. Environmental impact

  • Learn about environmental benefits: Research the environmental advantages of EVs such as reduced emissions and lower carbon footprints to motivate your transition.

That’s it!

Switching from an ICE vehicle to an EV is an exciting and eco-conscious choice. By following this comprehensive checklist, you’ll be well-prepared to make the transition smoothly and enjoy all the benefits that EVs have to offer. At Alfen, our goal is to educate and inform our readers to help them feel confident and comfortable making the switch. 

The future of transportation is electric, and you’re taking a significant step towards a greener and more sustainable tomorrow. If you're ready, check here also all our EV Charging Stations.

Happy electric driving!

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