Benefits of electric driving

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Choose an electric vehicle for a superior driving experience in a cleaner environment at lower costs.

More and more people are now willing to switch to an electric car. Not out of obligation, but out of awareness. The practical and economic benefits are the main reasons for the success of electric vehicles, making electric mobility an increasingly more common reality that we cannot hide.

This transformation is also accelerating among companies, whether due to sustainability policies, or because employees themselves are looking for more sustainable solutions.

Choosing electric mobility has never been so easy. There are more electric vehicle models available on the market every day, which facilitates the transition.

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Come discover the eight reasons for switching to an electric vehicle: 

  1. The joy of driving

    Electric vehicles offer a completely different driving experience with comfortable, relaxed travel for all passengers. In addition, electric engines are generally more powerful than the combustion engines of a comparable car, with all of this power readily available, resulting in truly dynamic and pleasurable driving.

    Driving an electric car is fun, easy and exciting thanks to "driving with just one pedal". Shifting is also unnecessary, since all electric vehicles are automatic.

    Electric vehicles are quieter, resulting in lower levels of driver stress. In most cases, the experience of driving an electric car is enough to convince someone of the advantages of electric mobility.

  2. Sustainability

    Switching to an electric vehicle is better for the environment. Without emissions from the tailpipe, electric vehicles can improve air quality and, generally speaking, have lower CO2 emissions than petrol or diesel cars.

    Even if an electric car is charged with non-renewable energy during its entire lifecycle, it will always be more sustainable than a similar car with a combustion engine. In addition, drivers appreciate the ability to contribute positively to the environment.

  3. Range

    The range of electric cars is increasing, and is sufficient for the daily needs of most drivers, with no need for additional top-ups along the way. The latest-generation electric vehicles offer realistic mileage ranging from 200 km to 500 km.

    An electric vehicle’s range depends on the model. The range interval is specified by the manufacturer based on the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) standard. This measurement procedure was created for the purpose of calculating actual fuel consumption values. In practical terms, range depends on several factors, such as personal driving style, weather conditions and the amount of highway mileage.

    Along these lines, charging networks are becoming increasingly more robust, while charging technology continues to diversify and improve. This means that ranges are on the rise, and charging times are becoming faster. In this way, there’s no need to fear whether you will arrive on time.

  4. Availability

    The number of available electric vehicle models is considerable these days, and is quickly growing. There are more and more electric car brands and models becoming available on the market. In addition, the levels of comfort and available features rank among the very best in products from equivalent combustion engine models.

  5. Costs

    Do people still ask why electric cars are so expensive? The times when these vehicles were unaffordable belong to the past!

    The electricity used to charge an electric car is cheaper than fossil fuels. Electric cars also have attractive tax benefits, and are thus becoming increasingly more affordable.

    In addition, electric vehicles require less maintenance, which also results in some cost savings. This is because an electric engine has fewer moving parts than a combustion engine. Its architecture is also simpler, and thus less susceptible to wear and tear. There are no more spark plugs, drive belts or clutches to be replaced, nor any oil to be changed.

  6. Taxes and incentives

    Government initiatives are making electric vehicles more attractive, with drivers paying less in taxes. In Portugal, government incentives for electric mobility include:

    Purchase incentive

    For individuals, the purchase incentive for 100% electric cars is €4,000 for purchases made starting 1 January 2022 (below €62,500). Companies no longer have access to assistance for the purchase of light passenger vehicles, but can apply for up to two vehicles in the category of light goods vehicles, and up to four vehicles for motorbikes, mopeds and electric or conventional bicycles.

    Vehicle Tax (ISV)

    Tax reduction/exemption calculated based on CO2: 100% electric vehicles are exempt from ISV, and PHEVs (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles) have a 60% reduction for vehicles with CO2 below 50 g CO2/km and a range of more than 50 km.

    Vehicle excise duty

    Exemption from vehicle excise duty for 100% electric cars.

    Autonomous taxation (AT)

    Exemption from AT for 100% electric vehicles and up to 50% reduction for PHEVs with CO2 below 50 g CO2/km and a range of more than 50 km.

    Value-added tax (VAT)

    For companies, VAT is deductible for vehicles with an acquisition cost of up to €62,500 for 100% electric vehicles, and up to €50,000 for PHEVs. VAT for energy consumption of 100% electric vehicles and PHEVs is also deductible.

  7. Free parking

    Parking for this type of vehicle is easier: simply park in one of the many locations reserved for electric vehicle charging.

    Many cities also encourage electric mobility through parking meter fee discounts or exemptions, such as in Lisbon, where 100% electric cars pay no parking fees in locations managed by Empresa Municipal de Estacionamento de Lisboa (EMEL), provided that they have a Green Tag (with annual fee). Beja, Funchal, Loures, Guimarães, Oeiras, Oliveira de Azeméis and other cities also offer parking.

  8. Access to low-emission zones

    Cities are limiting the entry of cars with combustion engines, depending on their age and volume of emissions, into urban centres due to the harmful pollutants found in fuels. Low-emissions zones already exist in more than 200 cities. These restricted zones are still accessible using electric vehicles.

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How do electric vehicles work?

What is an electric vehicle? An electric vehicle is a type of vehicle that uses propulsion by means of electric engines. The energy used to drive an electric vehicle is stored in the battery, which is charged at a [charging station](targetSelf:/en-pt/driving-electric/ev-charging/) (at home, at the office or at public charging stations). Electric vehicles are part of the group of vehicles called "zero emissions" which, due to their non-polluting means of locomotion, help to reduce the emissions of environmentally harmful gases, together with noise pollution, since their engines are quieter than internal combustion engines. What types of electric vehicles exist? Even though vehicles powered 100% by electricity are the only ones considered electric, automobiles with mixed technologies (hybrids) are currently available on the market. Learn about all of the [existing types](targetSelf:/en-pt/driving-electric/ev-charging/). Are electric vehicles safe? Electric vehicles duly tested in terms of their safety, just like conventional cars. In the event of a collision, there is the slight possibility for some parts to receive an active load or for a short circuit to cause an electrical fire, but safety and construction precautions have limited this risk to the absolute minimum. What do I need to charge the electric vehicle? You may need a charger (Wallbox), a charging cable and a charging card. Learn more about [charging](targetSelf:/en-pt/driving-electric/ev-charging/). What is the range of the batteries? The range (number of kilometres) varies according to the size of the battery and the electric vehicle’s efficiency. Depending on the model, the range will be from around 250 to more than 500 km on a fully charged battery. For PHEVs, ranges vary from around 40 to 60 km in electric mode. A fully charged 40kWh battery allows you to drive from 200 to 250 km, while a 64kWh battery has a significantly longer range of 350 to 400 km. Speed accounts for the majority of the battery’s consumption, which is why you should always drive within speed limits, while also considering several other factors affecting battery life: - High or low temperatures (resulting from the use of heating/air conditioning) - Driving in strong winds - Driving for a long time uphill How many kilometres can I drive with a fully charged battery? A fully charged 50 kW battery will allow you to drive 250 to 300 km. If you are a defensive and ecological driver, you will be able to drive even further. Speed has the greatest effect on the amount of battery power consumed, so it is recommended that you stick to the legal speed limits. Additionally, car manufacturers are investing heavily in improving the battery capacity of electric vehicles to address one of the main barriers to purchase: range anxiety. When we take a closer look at the new models hitting the market, we see that the ranges of these electric vehicles are increasing considerably. Learn more about [charging](targetSelf:/en-pt/driving-electric/ev-charging/). How long does it take to charge my vehicle’s battery? The charging speed will depend on several factors, including the vehicle type, the battery’s power, the vehicle charging capacity and the [type of charging station](targetSelf:/en-pt/driving-electric/ev-charging/) used. When charging a car with a standard power outlet, 5 to 10 hours of charging will be needed. However, when using a fast charging station, most commonly found along the highways, it takes approximately 30 minutes to charge 80% of the battery. Estimated charging time by type of charging: - Slow charging (3.7 kW and 7.4kW): 4-8 hours. This type of charging is recommended for residential applications. - Semi-fast charging (22 kW): 2-4 hours. - Fast charging (>50 kW): 30 minutes to charge to 80%. What types of outlets exist to connect my electric vehicle? Various types of outlets exist for electric vehicles, such as alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC). Learn more about [available charging solutions](targetSelf:/en-pt/driving-electric/ev-charging/).
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