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Electric cars are built with efficiency in mind and are therefore powered by an electric motor rather than a traditional combustion engine. Electric vehicles have a large battery pack which powers an electric motor. To recharge, electric cars must be plugged into a charging station or wall outlet for a set period of time.
It’s important to ask this question when investing in an electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle so you understand what’s required from electric car ownership. The simple answer is that a typical electric car with a 60kWh battery will take about eight hours to charge completely from empty-to-full when plugged into a 7kW charging point. Rapid chargers can add up to 100 miles of range in 35 minutes with a 50kW charger should you need an extra boost.
As a general rule, the bigger battery your car has and the slower the charging point, the longer charging will take. Many people choose to invest in a home Wallbox, for instance, as this offers quicker at home charging than a regular electric socket. A top tip would be to not let your car battery drain completely. That way the charging process is quicker.
As electric vehicles become increasingly mainstream, there are more ways to charge your car at home or on-the-go. Public charging stations tend to offer rapid charging when needed. You can also charge your car at home by plugging it into a regular wall socket or by investing in a special Wallbox for a higher-powered charging experience.
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Lower running costs are one of the main reasons people switch to electric motoring. An electric vehicle typically costs around 3-4 pence per mile which is less than diesel or petrol cars. Your home charging rate will depend on your electricity tariff. Recharge your vehicle overnight when you’ll be charged off-peak rates.
The general answer is yes because they’re cheaper to tax and electric power is considered more cost effective than filling a full tank of fuel. On a cost-per-mile basis, a full electric car could cost you a quarter less of what a car with a combustion engine might.
There’s also reduced parking and road toll charges. And you could be exempt from London Low Emission Zone fees. But the overall running costs depend on how you use your car. The use of electric-only power leads to the biggest savings. So, if you make a lot of short trips within an electric-only range, you should notice considerable savings.
Most electric vehicles come with advanced, technology-enhanced safety systems for improved on-road safety. They benefit from modern manufacturing and have been built with safety in mind. Electric vehicles are also powered by batteries instead of flammable fuel meaning there’s less chance of a fire. There’s a very low risk of lithium-ion batteries burning in comparison to diesel or petrol.
Hybrid batteries are designed to stand the test of time and, if you’re the original owner of a hybrid vehicle, there’s a high chance you won’t ever have to replace the battery. Battery packs in modern hybrids are built to last for at least 100,000 miles. Some might make it to 150,000 or more.
Electric cars release zero tailpipe emissions and therefore no harmful toxins are pumped into the environment. This applies to 100% electric vehicles with electric motors. If you opt for a hybrid that runs using a combustion engine and an electric powertrain, fuel emissions are reduced considerably.
Regenerative braking transforms kinetic energy produced by the moving car into electrical energy stored back into the batteries. It’s designed to enhance efficiency and is a key feature of hybrids that are not plugged into an electric source.
The choice is yours but going electric has many positives. As well as lower running, fuel and maintenance costs, electric vehicles are better for the environment meaning you won’t have to pay the fees in low congestion zones. In many areas free parking is offered for electric vehicles too. Electric models can be charged at charging stations around the country or at home. Rapid charging is also available for your peace of mind and to reduce range anxiety.
Here at Mackie Motors, we’re proud to offer a wide range of electric models including the new Nissan LEAF, new Renault ZOE and the new MG5 EV. If you’re looking for a hybrid, models such as the new Renault Clio E-TECH Hybrid and the new Renault Captur E-TECH Hybrid are sure to delight.
Most electric cars are automatic and likely will be in the future. This is because an electric car doesn’t require a clutch as it can’t stall like a petrol or diesel vehicle. That said, vehicles with a five or six-speed gearbox are in the pipelines as manufacturers try to maintain some normality for drivers used to manual vehicles.
This all depends on the make and model, but the electric only range is becoming increasingly impressive as electric motorists look for practicality. Most electric vehicles offer a range of over 200 miles when completely charged. The 100% electric Renault ZOE, for instance, has a range of up to 245 miles. Hybrids can travel further because they also have a combustion engine.