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Considering choosing an Electric Vehicle (EV) as your next car?
From minimal noise to zero emissions, EVs offer the ultimate driving experience.
With popularity and demand rising for Electric Vehicles, our knowledgeable team will cover off everything you need to know from; benefits and advantages of owning an EV over petrol and diesel cars, costs associated with ownership - from purchase to running costs, facts about the battery life and maintenance, charging information - from how and where to charge your EV to costs and lastly a few top tips from our Electric Vehicle specialists.
Every new EV sold in the UK comes with a cable, allowing you to charge your vehicle at home with a domestic 3-pin plug. Charging on the move is becoming easier every day - Simply purchase the required cable from your manufacture or after-market retailer and choose from the 12,700 charging locations and 35,000 connectors across the UK.
The amount of time it takes to charge an EV depends on the charger you use and the capabilities of the car. There are three main types of charging – rapid, fast and slow. You can reach 80% charge in as little as 30 minutes using a rapid charger. Fast charges typically fully charge an EV in 3-4 hours and a slow unit will usually require 8-12 hours.
There are many companies out there who provide home chargers. The price to pay varies depending on the company, the power of the charger and whether you are eligible for the OLEV government grant.
Gov grant scheme – The OLEV grant allows you to reduce the cost of your home charger by £350. Take a look at the checklist below to see if you are eligible for a £350 government grant.
Find out more information about the OLEV grant here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/government-grants-for-low-emission-vehicles
The cost of driving a new EV is approximately 18% more than an internal combustion engine vehicle. This is due to the manufacturing costs associated with the batteries and electric motor – a lot more new technology that goes into each EV. However, thanks to advancements in this technology already, EVs have reduced in price and a Bloomberg study even predicted they will cost the same as petrol cars by 2024. That’s not a reason to hold off on leasing an EV, as the savings come after you’ve have one…
Electric cars offer a huge advantage over conventional petrol and diesel vehicles when it comes to running costs. An electric car motor has two or three moving parts in comparison to the hundreds of components that make up an internal combustion engine. This means no oil changes, timing belts, sparkplugs, clutch, or gearbox.
Because most electric cars can generate power under braking, they are also very gentle on brakes and tyres. Most electric cars require check-ups rather than any true servicing. The only items that really require replacing are the tyres, brakes, and the cabin air filter.