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.
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.
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!
This really is dependant on the battery size of the vehicle and the speed of the charging point. Charging can take anywhere between 30 minutes- 12 hours. Many electric vehicle owners will never let their battery get too low, they just keep topping up charge regularly.
As you can see, the bigger the battery the longer the charge is going to take.
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.
Most electric cars have a fully sealed high voltage battery & electrical system, with rates of high levels of protection against water.
Yes, there is no risk to people charging the car itself. This would have been fully tested and passed before any vehicles were sold.
Electric cars are charged by connecting a cable with plugs between the charger and the charging socket on the vehicle. This can be done either at a public charging station or at home using a standard 3 pin charger or an installed, home charger.
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.
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.
The short answer, yes. As the outside temperature reduces, this will reduce the range slightly.
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.