Frequently Asked Questions
Dispelling the Myths around Electric Cars
Most frequent questions and answers
The battery life of an EV will vary depending on the make and model of the vehicle. Most manufacturers offer an eight year or 100,000 mile warranty for their EV batteries.
You never get a 100’000 mile warranty on the clutch of your manual car.
The two most common places to charge an EV is at home or at work. Public charge points can either be: a valuable alternative for EV users without access to a home or workplace charger, a convenient way to occasionally top-up, or essential for ‘en route’ charging during longer EV journeys.
Charging costs vary from model to model as different battery sizes affect how much energy is used. Expect a cost per charge at home to cost around £5, depending upon battery capacity. You typically leave home with a full battery.
Costs vary greatly for public charging, depending on how much charge is required, the cost of electricity for each network, and what type of public charge point is used. Some will cost nothing to use, while rapid charging will typically be priced higher than fast charging, due to convenience and higher charge point installation costs. A Nissan Leaf will cost around £8 for a rapid charge from 20% to 80% of battery capacity.
In the 2018 energy production from coal reached an all time low of 2.5%, while renewable energy reached an all time high of 33% of total energy production. Therefore electricity is cleaner than petrol or diesel.
Electric Cars have 2 batteries operating at very different voltages. The drive battery powers the motor and the heating system and runs at 300 Volts. The car battery runs at the normal 12 Volts so you can charge your phone and buy normal light bulbs. Using the radio and the lights has virtually no impact on range. You can use you parking lights at night without losing range.
What is Range Anxiety?
Have you ever been driving your pertol powered car with the fuel light on knowing you can make it to the next petrol station only to find out that they have run out of petrol? Can you make oit to the next petrol station 20 miles away?
This is range anxiety.
You are often further away from a petrol station than a friends home. If you carry your electric outlet cable with you, i’m sure a friend wouldn’t mind topping your car battery so you have enough power to get home.
All cars have limited range after refuelling, converting to electric cars takes just a little effort to plan your journeys.