Published: 15:53, 13 October 2020
| Updated: 16:32, 13 October 2020
Critics are quick to point out the limited range and scarcity of charging points for battery-powered cars.
But a YouTube vlogger from Canterbury has conducted a demanding charity challenge to prove them wrong.
Andrew Till has just completed a near 2,000 mile round Britain journey in his Kia e-Niro, which took him from the city to Land's End and John O'Groats and back home again.
Now he says it's a "no-brainer" for more drivers not to have an electric car in Canterbury, especially if they have a driveway or garage to charge the vehicle.
"With traffic congestion in the city, it would make a huge difference to cutting air pollution too and as a father, that's something I worry about," he said.
The 40-year-old graphic designer and web developer is an electric car enthusiast who talks about the vehicles on his own YouTube channel, called Mr EV which has more than 5,000 subscribers.
"I wanted to demonstrate the ease of a long distance journey in one of the latest electric cars to show that range and charging is not really a drawback any more," he said.
"The cars are also quieter and less stressful to drive, particularly in heavy traffic."
Andrew has already driven from Canterbury to Rome and back and now his latest exploit has taken him to the three corners of the mainland UK.
The three-day challenge, in which his sister-in-law Cecilia Antonini was co-driver,saw him re-charge his car 16 times but he says the process was quick and simple.
"There are many more charging points these days and I was getting up to 250 miles on a charge on some parts of the journey.
"And it's economical too. The whole journey cost around £120 using public chargers but back at home using my own electricity, I only pay about 1p a mile."
Andrew who lives with his wife Flaviana and their seven-year-old daughter, also used the journey to raise more than £3,300 for The Stroke Association, British Lung Foundation and Great Ormond Street Hospital.
He says the Stroke Association is particularly close to his heart as he suffered a mini stroke in July and wants to repay the charity for the care he received.
"It was a scary experience for me and left me with little feeling in one arm, " he said.
"But the Stroke Association were amazing and contacted me with lots of information."