What Is An Electric Car? (EV)

An Electric car (EV) is powered by plugging into a chargepoint and taking electricity from the grid. They store the electricity in rechargeable batteries that power an electric motor, which turns the wheels. Electric cars accelerate faster than vehicles with traditional fuel engines and are regarded as cheaper to service as the motor has only one moving part.

What Is The Range Of An Electric Car? (EV)

On average, electric vehicles (EV) can travel between 150-300 miles on a single charge. This is more than likely sufficient for casual journies as well as those who commute greater distances.

How Long Does It Take To Charge An Electric Car? (EV)

It depends on the battery size of your electric vehicle and the type of charger you have, but it can take anywhere from 40 minutes to 16 hours to charge your car at home using a EV home charger. If you have the most common 7kW home charger, it'll usually take about 4 to 8 hours to charge your car up fully.

Public Chargers will significantly reduce the charging time, however, these are likely to cost more for the privilege.

How Much Does It Cost To Charge Electric Car? (EV)

This varies depending on where you charge your EV. Some energy suppliers have specific EV tariffs, allowing cheaper charging rates overnight. An average in early 2023 is 12p per kw/h when using a home charger. This would mean a full charge would cost approximately £8-10 depending on the size of your EV.

However, public fast chargepoints can cost significantly more, around 70p per kw/h, albeit with quicker charging speeds.

What Cars are Electric? (EV)

With governments around Europe preparing to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030, manufactuters across the board are turning to producing electric vehicles.

Brands like Polestar only produce EV models, whilst others such as MG and KIA make models of all drivetrains.

What Is A Plug In Hybrid Car? (PiH or PHEV)

A Plug-In Hybrid vehicle is powered by combining an internal combustion engine (ICE) and a mains rechargable battery. You recharge the on-board batteries by plugging your car into a EV charging station. Whilst driving, a small amount of energy is returned to the battery by braking or decelerating. The electric range on average is approximately 25-30 miles.

What Cars are Plug In Hybrid? (PiH or PHEV)

Plug In Hybrids have been available for over ten years. Mercedes-Benz have a large selection of PHEV, as do Audi and BMW.

What Is A Hybrid Car?

These work in much the same was as a Plug-In Hybrid vehicle, however, they do not have the ability to plug into the mains to recharge. Instead, recharging the batteries relies soly on braking, deceleration and the engine.

What Cars are Hybrid?

Toyota have been largely regarded as the leading manufacturer of hybrid vehicles, particularly when the Toyota Prius was introduced in 1997. Hyundai and Lexus are other alternatives.