Top 5 frequently asked questions about electric vehicles...
This depends on the battery size and efficiency of the vehicle. Generally speaking, you can drive 125 to 150 miles on a fully charged 40 kWh battery. However, if you drive sensibly, you can go even further. Vehicles with a 64-kWh battery have a range of 200 to 250 miles.
Speed is the biggest drain on the battery, so it’s worth keeping to speed limits. Other factors that can influence your driving range include:
There are several different types of charging options available in the UK. Rapid DC points use tethered cables, which are attached to charging unit. It is important that you know what types of charge-point your vehicle can use.
If you are charging a car with a domestic three-pin power socket or 3kw charger, it will take around 12 hours. With a 7kW fast charger (such as home/public chargers) it takes around three to four hours. If you use the rapid AC/DC charges found at motorway services, your battery will be 80% charged in approximately 30 minutes (though you need to remember that fast chargers are more expensive than standard charging stations).
Types of charge-points include:
Yes. They are a similar to driving with automatic transmission and in some cases, even simpler. You just choose driver or reverse, as with an automatic, but you don’t have to brake as often. This is thanks to the regenerative braking system that slows down the car when you take your foot off the accelerator.
Yes. Electric cars have tax benefits and the electricity you use is a lot less expensive than fossil fuels. For example:
On average it costs £2 - £4 to charge an EV. This depends on where you charge your vehicle. In a public area, the cost is determined by the Charge Point Operator. The LeasePlan EV package comes with a POLAR network subscription and 80% of their sites are free to charge. Other providers may have a joining fee or connection fee, plus the price per kWh. You can see all the charging points at www.zap-map.com