Choosing to buy an electric car is an important step and one that needs to be weighed up carefully as there are many advantages and disadvantages of this vehicle compared to the traditional heat-powered car. An important advantage is the low running and maintenance costs – the electric motor has less stress than the combustion engine.
Added to the savings is the fact that the electric charge costs less than a full tank of petrol or diesel, and the fact that nowadays with the electric car you can even access historic city centres and LTZs, which are increasingly common in Italy. The last advantage concerns environmental awareness – it is a zero-emission vehicle – and driving comfort as the engine is silent and there are no vibrations.
However, our guide to electric car models must also include some disadvantages that the customer must be aware of before going to the dealer:
- Poor spread of recharging stations, which makes careful planning of each trip necessary;
- Low autonomy of electric cars, which does not exceed 300 km;
- High price with price lists starting well above 20,000 euro even though state incentives are available for a discount of up to 10,000 euro.
Models to consider
More and more cities are banning diesel cars from city centres and by 2025 diesel engines will disappear from our roads in favour of electric cars. These are models nicknamed EV – Elecric Vehicle – or BEV – Battery Electric Vehicle. These types of electric cars are joined by hybrid cars, in which the battery range is increased by the co-presence of a small heat engine.
In this case, the vehicle is called a Range Extender, since it is a petrol-powered car and its only purpose is to generate essential energy to recharge the batteries and thus increase the car’s range without affecting the car’s motion.
The 2022/2023 incentives and which cars to buy
Having seen the car models to consider we return to the price, which can be reduced thanks to electric car incentives that vary according to the car’s emissions value.
A first incentive is for those who buy electric cars with CO2 emissions between 0 and 20g/km and consists of a bonus of EUR 6,000. The second incentive, worth 3500 euro, is reserved for hybrid cars with emissions between 20 and 60 g/km CO2. If, at the same time, you scrap a vehicle that is at least 10 years old, you get EUR 10,000 for a 100 per cent electric car and EUR 6,500 for a hybrid car.
On balance, therefore, the purchase of an electric car can now benefit from a ‘discount’ of up to EUR 10,000, while for a hybrid (CO2 between 20 and 60 g/km) a cut of up to EUR 6,500 can be achieved. Please note, however: these concessions only apply to cars with a purchase price of up to EUR 61,000 including VAT and not to cars with a higher value.
In addition to the incentives already mentioned, there are those for those with an ISEE of less than €30,000: these are people who can buy a new electric car costing no more than €36,300 including VAT, with a 40% discount. Finally, if you scrap a 10-year-old car with CO2 emissions between 61 w 135 g/km you get a discount on your new electric car of EUR 3,500
In conclusion, there are really many electric car models available on the market today, and taking into account advantages, disadvantages and government incentives one can consider whether to switch to so-called sustainable mobility while waiting for electric to become the only driving mode in 2025. In any case, DazeTechnology is the point of reference for those who, together with their electric car, are considering installing a WallBox for home charging. Contact us for information!