FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING ELECTRIC VEHICLES

THE BASICS

  • What is an electric vehicle?
  • Instead of your usual internal combustion engine, diesel or petrol. An electric vehicle runs on an electric powered motor, it uses a large battery pack to power the motor and can be charged by a charging station or wall outlet.

  • What are the advantages of an electric vehicle?
  • In summary, the advantages of an electric vehicle is:

    - It's greener to have an electric car, meaning it reduces the pollution in the air.

    - It's a smoother ride, with seamless acceleration.

    - It's cheaper to run, you have zero tax on an electric vehicle as well as an average electric vehicle taking £8.40 to full charge. Compare that, to what you would spend on fuel each week.

  • What are the disadvantages of an electric vehicle?
  • The main disadvantages of electric vehicles is that they have a shorter range than petrol or diesel models. However, most daily commutes are well under this which means for most people this isn't a problem. Charging stations are a common place in most motorways, towns and cities.

  • Do electric vehicles give off emissions?
  • The short answer, no. Electric vehicles do not have exhausts or tailpipes so are emissions free.

  • Are electric cars more efficient?
  • Based on cost per mile, absolutely. An electric vehicle could save you around a third less than what a petrol or diesel vehicle would.

  • What factors will affect the range of the vehicle?
  • - Driving at high speeds

    - Driving at urban/city speeds is better for maximising range
    - Using vehicle systems such as the climate control and heated screen will draw energy from the battery and will therefore reduce range
    -Cold outside temperatures will also reduce range.

  • Are electric vehicles exempt from congestion charges?
  • Yes, if you were to drive through central London. Fully electrical or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are exempt from paying congestion charges.

  • What is the government Plug-In Grant?
  • This is a government provided by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) for qualifying, low emission cars. You can find out whether the electric vehicle you are interested in qualifies for the government grant here, the way this works is that all qualifying vehicles will be awarded a subsidy from the government towards the "On The Road Price" of the vehicle. We will apply for the Plug-In Grant on your behalf should you want to purchase a car from our electric range.

  • How far can electric vehicles go?
  • This really depends on the battery and varies through the range and brands of electric cars. Some vehicles can drive up to 100 miles, some over 200.

  • What are electric cars like to drive?
  • Electric vehicles have no gears, simply press the accelerator pedal and you will have instant, smooth power. Many of our customers are surprised by the power an electric vehicle holds.

SERVICING & REPAIRS 

  • Do electric vehicles cost more for service or repairs?
  • Electric cars have far fewer moving parts than a petrol or diesel vehicle, this means there is less to maintain or repair. Regenerative engine braking means brake discs and pads will last longer too.

    Remember, just like petrol and diesel cars they still need annual services. Until the battery needs to be replaced, all you really need to worry about is your tyres!

  • Do electric vehicles need servicing?

Yes, all vehicles need servicing. Indeed, electric cars cost a lot less to service as there is less components, but they do still need an annual service as required.

  • Do electric vehicles need to have MOTs?

Yes, like any other vehicle, electric cars do have to an annual MOT. Electric vehicles do not have to have emissions tests however brakes, tyres lights etc. still apply.

CHARGING 

  • How far can electric vehicles go?

This really depends on the battery and varies through the range and brands of electric cars. Some vehicles can drive up to 100 miles, some over 200.

  • Can I charge my electric vehicle at home?

Yes. You can have a charging facility installed outside your home or alternatively you can use a standard 3 pin charger however this does take longer to charge your electric vehicle up.

  • Can I charge my vehicle out in public?

Yes, you can. Most car parks, petrol stations and supermarkets now have charging facilities- mostly rapid charging.

  • How long does an electric vehicle take to charge?

This really is dependant on the size of the battery as well as the charging point, it could take 12 hours it could take 30 minutes.

  • Where can I find public charging points?

This couldn't be any easier with Zap Maps, this is a UK wide map of charging points! It helps EV drivers all around the UK find charging points, so even if you're on a staycation somewhere else in the UK, you're sure to find a charging station nearby. You can even make a route planner for any longer journeys to charge your car. Find Zap Maps online here or you can download this as an app on your Android or Apple phone.

DOES WEATHER CONDITIONS AFFECT YOUR ELECTRIC VEHICLE?

  • What happens if we're caught in a flood with an electric vehicle?

Most electric cars have a fully sealed high voltage battery & electrical system, with rates of high levels of protection against water.​

  • Can I charge my electric car out in the rain?

Yes, there is no risk to people charging the car itself. This would have been fully tested and passed before any vehicles were sold.

  • Does the outside temperature affect the range of the vehicle?

The short answer, yes. As the outside temperature reduces, this will reduce the range slightly.

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