Features of EVs
EVs are quiet, comfortable, economic and exciting. The electric motor is smaller than an internal combustion engine translating into roomy interiors and a peaceful drive. Torque, or pulling power, is instantly available, top speeds exceed legal limits and there are no gears to grind. All EVs are automatic and include the comforts we expect in premium cars – sat nav (with range advice and options), air conditioning, climate control, phone charger and Bluetooth connection. NCAP safety ratings are
all 4 or 5 star.
Many models have additional desirable features such as park assist cameras, high resolution intelligent displays, touch-screens, 30 minute rapid charging capability, automatic wipers and lights, funky design and environmentally friendly components.
Longer journeys than you might think...
How far do you drive in a day? EVs will all give a real-world range of at least
80 miles on a single charge which will take you from Paddington to Portsmouth!
Higher capacity batteries available since 2016 give at least 120 real-world miles.
Range differs between models and is affected by how you drive and environmental factors (such as temperature). For many the average EV range is sufficient but if you do regularly cover over 100 miles in a day you should consider a long range EV or a model with a petrol range extension or a plug-in hybrid.
Three ways to charge
There are 3 speeds that an electric car can charge at… rapid, fast and trickle. EV Experts tip… charging an electric car is similar to charging a mobile phone – give it a full charge at home overnight and top it up during the day if you need to.
Rapid Charging30 Minutes
A 30 minute/80% charge from a rapid charging point. These are usually located in motorway service stations and in some civic car parks. It’s not the cheapest way to charge your car but gives the opportunity to travel beyond its range.
EV Experts tip…
if you’re going to rapid charge regularly it
is worth looking at ecotricity as your utility provider as they offer discounted charging
to their customers and have the most comprehensive electric vehicle charging
network in Europe.
Fast Charging3-8 Hours
A 3-8 hour charge plugged into an EV charging unit located in public car parks, at work or have one installed at home. The UK Government subsidises the installation of home charging units. We can advise on the grants available in your area. We can also talk you through the various networks that have charging units in supermarkets, shopping centres, leisure facilities, civic car parks and restaurants.
EV Experts tip…
join a charging network and download their app so finding a charge unit and paying is simple and quick.
Trickle Charging12 Hours
An overnight plug-in to a standard household 3-pin wall socket. Most of our cars come with a home charging lead included. We can supply any further leads that you need. It will take about 12 hours to fully charge your vehicle and cost around £3 in electricity. We do recommend that customers install a home charging unit to fast charge their EV.
EV Experts tip…
don’t forget to pack the lead when you go to stay with friends and plug directly into a wall socket rather than an extension lead.
Intelligent EV-Specific Displays
Information about available range and how much charge a vehicle has is clearly indicated on the dashboard displays of all electric cars. When entering a destination into the sat nav the car will highlight different routes (the fastest, the shortest for example), whether there is sufficient charge for each of the routes and many will route plan with recommended charging stops for longer journeys.
The dashboard display will indicate if you are driving in an eco-friendly manner enabling you to conserve battery power and maximise the range available from
the remaining charge. Many will also indicate how much power is being used by accessories in the car such as ventilation and entertainment systems.
Use your smartphone to guide you…
ChargeBump makes life just a little bit nicer for EV drivers. The process is simple: arrive at an occupied charger, enter the number plate of the vehicle on charge into their free app and send a Bump request.
PlugShare is a free app that allows users to find and review charging stations, and to connect with other EV owners. PlugShare provides the most accurate and complete public charging map worldwide, including stations from every major network in Europe.