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All you need to know about Electric Vehicles

As we move towards a fully electric future for our roads, we have put together a guide to Electric Vehicles to help you understand their range, battery life and what the future holds. Read on for more.


Believe it or not, petrol and diesel engines will soon be on the wane. That’s because the UK Government wants to ban the sale of internal combustion propelled cars by 2030 and replace them with Electric Vehicles (EVs). This is a mere 10 years away – which is why automakers have picked up the pace in their EV production recently.

Growing popularity

In the last two years many more electric cars have entered the market. Big names, such as Peugeot and Vauxhall, have rolled out models like the Peugeot e-208 and e-2008, and Vauxhall has launched its Corsa e.

To put that into context, the Department for Transport logged over 22 thousand registrations of ultra-low emission vehicles in the third quarter of 2019 – that’s a 39 percent increase compared with the same period in 2018. Plus, September 2020 saw a 184 percent increase in pure-electric registrations compared to the previous year. Why is all this happening, then? Well, car manufacturers in Europe are trying to cut the emissions of the vehicles they sell to meet EU targets. The aim is for the UK to achieve practically zero carbon by 2050.

Range 

I think we’d all agree it’s great that the environment will be cleaner in the future, but electric cars are a big change for many of us. For example, I’ve been driving for over thirty years and having to plug in to charge up, rather than pull up to the pumps is still an odd thing to do. Then there’s the range anxiety that you can get. Whenever I’m in an EV, I’m forever worrying if it’ll have enough “juice” to get me to my destination.

But there’s no need to fear this – as I keep having to remind myself. Many electric cars now have a range that exceeds 200 miles, or close to it. And there are more and more charging stations being built around the UK – over 33,000 at the last count. As well as being able to have a charging point installed at your home these days, they can be found anywhere from shopping centres and public car parks to supermarkets, hotels and places of work. Plus, you’ll also find charging units in an increasing number of service stations.

Better still, if you’re a Motability Scheme customer, and you lease your first pure electric car, the cost of fitting a home charging unit is taken care of for you. Bear in mind, though, that to get a home charging point set up, you need to have access to off-road parking, so a garage or a private driveway is ideal. However, If you are unable to fit a home charging point at your property,  then instead you’ll be given access to a network of charging points for easy on-street charging.


Click here to read more about our easy charging solution for Scheme customers. 


Charging

Apart from helping to make the world greener, EVs are cheaper to run than petrol or diesel cars. Sure, it takes longer to “fill” your car up with electricity than standard fuel, but if you charge up overnight at home, or on your route via electric charging stations, then it works out fine.

The time it takes to charge depends very much on the power on hand, and, to some extent, the car you have. But, generally speaking, expect around six hours for a full charge with a home wall box, or about 19 hours if you use a domestic three-pin socket. Yes, electric cars can be charged this way, too! But you only need to wait for 45 minutes if you have access to a hi-tech public rapid charging point. Tariffs for these involve a cost per energy consumed, as well as a modest connection payment.

However, most motorists will charge their EV overnight, waking up to a pleasingly full battery every day. The average domestic electricity tariff is around 14p per kWh. Fully charging up, say, a 60kWh Electric Vehicle will cost approximately £8.40 and provide up to 200 miles of range.

EVs on The Motability Scheme 

The Motability Scheme leases electric cars with good range, including the Peugeot e-208. This hatchback will do up to 217 miles a similar figure to the 209 miles offered by the new Vauxhall Corsa-e, which is also available on the Scheme. Another EV to consider on the Scheme is the latest Renault ZOE, a hatchback that has an improved range of around 245 miles. But, whichever car you choose, the essential thing to think about is that if an EV fits in with your lifestyle, you’ll be able to plug it in when you don’t need it. So, how long it takes to charge up your electric car shouldn’t be a problem.

Find out more

To learn about the Motability Scheme, to find out which electric cars are on the Scheme and, vitally, which vehicle will suit your needs, please visit our “find cars” section or request your free information pack

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