UK DRIVERS could make significant savings on the roads by switching to electric cars.

Research by leading smart charging solutions provider NewMotion has found that UK drivers could save at least £45.6 million over the May Bank Holiday weekend, if all motorists used battery powered Electric Vehicles (EVs) instead of petrol and diesel cars.

Data, obtained from the RAC Foundation, found that the average leisure trip undertaken by car this Bank Holiday weekend will be 10.7 miles.

At today’s petrol price of 127.3 pence per litre, this 10.7 mile journey would cost drivers up to £1.19 in a new fuel-efficient petrol car.

Moreover, diesel car drivers would face a cost of £1.02 to complete this trip at today’s diesel price of 130.2 pence per litre.

In reality, these costs are likely to be significantly higher when real-world driving conditions and older, less fuel efficient cars are taken into consideration.

Alternatively, NewMotion found that the same journey in a 30 kWh Nissan Leaf could cost only £0.47.

NewMotion also discovered that this cost fell to as little as £0.21 if the Nissan Leaf was charged overnight, when electricity prices are cheaper.

The vehicle could be fully charged for just £2.37 and would drive for over 100 miles.

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