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Can I have a home charging station?
If you are interested in home charging, please see your employer’s policy for home charging. They may have a policy in place owing to WorkSafe requirements.
Does an electric vehicle need different maintenance to a petrol or diesel vehicle?
It needs less maintenance, as the engine has fewer moving parts and no exhaust or gears. You also won’t need to change the oil and the brakes should wear less thanks to regenerative braking.
How can I charge my car?
You can use public charging stations, fast-chargers or at home. Your employer may also have on-site charging facilities. Please check your company’s policy regarding charging.
How long does it take to charge my car?
The time it takes to charge your car depends on several factors: the type of car and its charging speed, the battery level, and the charging point.
What is the difference between chargers?
A big difference with normal charging is the use of direct current. With direct current, the inverter is not used in the car, but the battery is charged directly by the charging station. As a result, much higher speeds are possible than with alternating current.
What’s the range of my electric car?
The range of an electric car varies from model to model. Speed is the biggest drain on the battery, so it’s worth keeping to the speed limits. Other factors that can influence your driving range include:
- High or low temperatures (as you may be using the air conditioning/heating more)
- Driving into a strong headwind
- A fully loaded vehicle
- Driving uphill for a long period of time
Where can I charge my car while I’m on the road?
There are hundreds of charging stations around the country available to the general public. To find a charging station near you, there are free apps available like PlugShare.
Are electric vehicles as well equipped as conventional vehicles?
The equipment is the same for comfort, safety and technology. Electric vehicles may also have added features to help you manage your journey, such as a connected navigation system showing charge points or a smartphone application to control your charge from your phone.