About Electric Cars
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Electric Vehicles are powered either fully, or in part, by electricity, as opposed to exclusively relying on petrol or diesel. EVs can be either 100% electric or combined with a traditional gas-powered engine to form a ‘hybrid’ car.
By using electricity rather than fossil fuels, EVs reduce exhaust emissions and offer drivers extremely low running costs - recharging with electricity is only a fraction of the cost of a full tank of petrol or diesel, both financially and environmentally.
What’s more, EVs have fewer parts than a combustion engine and consequently require very little maintenance to keep them running efficiently.
Although the purchase price of an EV is normally higher than the comparable fuel model, the significantly lower running costs of an EV are not to be ignored. The International Council on Clean Transport concluded that the total cost of ownership of a VW Golf EV, for example, is in fact cheaper over a four-year period than its’ petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid counterparts.
There are over 200 different electric models available today. Aside from the choice, the Governments is offering incentives to owning an Electric Car in form the for tax break and grants - there's never been a better time to get an EV as your next car!
The ultimate guide to Electric Cars
We answer your questions on owning an electric or hybrid vehicle...
How do electric cars work?
Electric cars are powered purely by electricity as they don’t rely on petrol or diesel. The electricity is stored in rechargeable batteries that control the electric motors which then power the wheels. The battery can then be charged via a wall socket (at home) or dedicated charging point (found at multiple locations).
Are electric cars noisy?
No, electric cars omit less noise due to the absence of a gas-powered engine.
Who makes electric cars?
There’s a wide choice of electric vehicles available to buy from a variety of manufacturers – EV options will continue to grow over the coming years. A couple of the top manufacturers with an electrical vehicle offer are Jaguar, BMW, MINI, Vauxhall, Audi, Nissan, Renault, Tesla, Audi, Mercedes, Skoda, Maserati, Seat, Kia, Fiat, Peugeot, Volkswagen, Honda, Volvo and Ford
How fast can electric cars go?
Electrifyingly fast. As electric cars don’t need a traditional gearbox the instant torque provide by the electric motors can see EVs reach from 0-60mph in under 3 seconds.
How far can an electric car travel?
On Average, most electric vehicles can travel about 100 miles before needing recharged, however premium EVs like the Jaguar i-Pace (awarded 2019 World Car of the Year) can travel up to 250 miles.
How long do electric cars last?
Electric cars are designed for extended life and will last longer than traditional fuel cars as there will be fewer mechanical problems. Most EV batteries are warranted for 8 years/100,000 miles.
How environmentally friendly are electric cars?
EVs provide a variety of eco-friendly benefits for the environment as they don’t emit as much carbon emissions as traditional fuel cars and have limited noise pollution
Are they safe to drive?
Electric cars are as safe to drive as conventional vehicles
What is a PHEV car?
PHEV stands for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle.
What does BEV stand for?
BEV stands for Battery Electric Vehicles. These vehicles are also referred to a “all-electric” vehicles as they required no fuel to run
Difference between a PHEV and BEV?
The main difference is that a PHEV operates by both battery and fuel – the car will typically run on electric power until the battery becomes depleted allowing the car to automatically switch to fuel to continue the journey whereas a BEV care operate solely by battery and will need recharged once the battery becomes depleted.
Benefits of buying an electric car?
There are several benefits to buying an EV some of which are; cheaper to run due to lower running costs, cheaper to maintain, tax incentives, government grants, free charging stations and they’re better for the environment.
Are electric cars reliable?
Branded as high-tech cars of the future, electric vehicles are branded more reliable than traditional fuel vehicles due to less maintenance and they’re equipped with a warranty that spans 8 years and 100,000 miles.
Which is the best electric car?
Tesla EVs continually come out on top as one of the best EVs however, the Jaguar i-Pace was awarded 2019 World Car of the Year - definitely one to add to your watch list!
How does an electronic car drive?
Electronic cars are growing in popularity as a result of their smooth driving experience, cheap running costs and quiet existence.
How long do electric batteries last?
EV batteries are under warranty by manufacturers for 8 years/100,000 miles, however there are a number of factors that can affect battery lifespan such as; temperature and overcharging.
How often do you have to replace the battery?
This will depend on the manufacturer warranty as well as the usage – on average most batteries will be replaced every 5-8 years. Batteries that power electric cars can be recycled.
Where can I charge an electric car?
You can charge an electric car at home or at a public charging station. You can find charging stations here: https://www.zap-map.com/
How long do electric cars take to charge?
The time taken to charge an EV depends on the size of the battery and the speed of charging point – see more info here:
- Slow Charger (up to 3kw)
- Fast chargers (7-22kw)
- Rapid chargers (43-120kw)
- Super chargers (150kw)
Is it free to charge your car in public?
Some charging station are free to use and other (mostly ones that offer a rapid charging station) will require a fee.
Does the same plug charge all electric vehicles?
No, most EVs will be supplied with 2 charging cables;
- Mode 2 charging cable which is used for connecting your car to an ordinary domestic socket (3 pin plug) for at-home charging.
- Mode 3 charging cable which will connect your car to the charging station.
How much do electric cars cost?
The cost to charge an electric car will vary depending on where you charge it, mileage range and what size of battery the car has.
Most convenient and cost-effect way to charge your car.A typical electric car (60kw battery/200 mile range) will cost you around £9 to charge at home, most work places that have installed electric chargers will offer free charging as will public charge points at supermarkets/car parks. Rapid charging points will usually cost under £10 for a 30 min charge (100 mile range) and will most commonly be found at motorway service stations.
Can I get funding to install a charger at home?
Yes, the government offer a grant to install a dedicated home charge point at home