Ready to join the electric vehicle revolution?
As the government prepares to ban all petrol and diesel vehicles from 2040, there’s a lot to get your head around.
But what makes electric cars the bee’s knees?
With the world focusing more powerfully on climate change and what we can all do to play our part, green energy is the way forward.
Sit back, relax and take a look at the electric vehicle facts we’ve found out for you.
Where it all began
Oddly enough, electric vehicles are not a new phenomenon. Born out of the Victorian age, electric cars and hybrids were cruising the streets of London, Birmingham and New York.
Unfortunately, the world wasn’t quite ready for the craze to take hold. Unless you count the milkman – he was quite the fan.
Enter Global Warming.
As the world paused to consider the effects we as humans were having on the environment, the electric vehicle rose from the ashes once more. In the same breath, Tesla became a household name, and here we are.
There are now nearly 230,000 licenced ultra-low emission vehicles circulating the UK.
How do electric vehicles work?
Other than the fact that electric vehicles run off of a rechargeable battery, they function just like standard petrol or diesel cars. Without the combustion engine, the motor on an electric vehicle is powered by a battery pack.
Unlike combustible motor engines, where the kinetic energy created from the car’s movement is lost to heat and friction, electric vehicles use regenerative braking. This process essentially converts the kinetic energy caused during braking to recharge the battery. So when you accelerate, the energy made from the last time you braked, propels you forward.
Electric vehicles do need recharging after every 100-150 miles you drive. So, bear this in mind when you’re about to take a long journey, and take a look at your route’s charging points ahead of time.
At-home charging point
Worried about how you can charge your electric vehicle? Fortunately, it’s pretty much as easy as charging your mobile phone.
If you buy an electric car, you will need a home charging point installed. It’s quick, effective, and you can leave your car to charge from the comfort of your home. Compact and waterproof, a home charging point is a smart choice for any electric vehicle owner.
Currently, on the road, charging points are not quite up to the current demand in the UK. But, as the market grows, more charging points will be essential to maintain the levels of electric cars on the roads.
How much will an electric car set me back?
If you’re looking for a cheap runaround car, you’re currently not going to find it in the electric vehicle market. Prices vary from £20,000 to £100,000 depending on what model you are interested in.
Although electric vehicles are on the pricey side, you will save on fuel and economy in the long run.
Financing your electric car may be your best bet to afford the flashiest electric vehicle out there.
With lower emissions, electric (except for hybrid) cars cause zero air pollution as they are not emitting carbon dioxide. Meaning air quality is improving in some of our most populated cities and towns.
Electric cars also tend to be made out of recyclable materials. Anything from the seat fabrics to the air ducts can be reused, making the green dream even greater.
The only downside to an electric vehicle is the lithium-ion batteries that power them. Their charge is not finite, and they are much harder to recycle later down the line.
How does servicing work?
Electric vehicles are fundamentally wired very differently to your standard car. They don’t have any gases that need to be extracted or fluids that need to be disposed of. With fewer moving components, there are fewer areas for your electric car to fail on.
So with your electric vehicles’ clever regenerative braking cleaner operating system, services can happen less regularly than the standard vehicle.
One thing you do have to look out for on an electric car is the battery. As it is the main power supply for your vehicle, it requires the most attention. The battery is likely to be covered by a wear and damage warranty, so little worry is needed.
As the government gears up for transforming the UK’s vehicle industry as we know it, it’s worth getting ahead of the game.