So, you’re looking into buying an EV! There are always many things to consider with any car purchase – let alone an EV. Buying an EV is new and unknown to many people, but also exciting and rewarding, and We Power Your Car can aid you in this process. Read on for everything you need to know about buying an EV so we can help you to make all the right choices.
First off – what is an EV?
Well, in short, an electric vehicle! There are three main types of EV to choose from: battery electric, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid. Battery EVs run purely off battery power – and require no fuel at all. These vehicles are the most environmentally friendly with zero emissions at the tailpipe, come with the bonus of no road tax (or congestion charge) and are cheap to run. Hybrids, at the other end of the scale, do not need to be charged at all. The battery is used merely for making certain functions of the vehicle more efficient. In the middle sits the plug-in hybrid which is fuelled by both electricity and fuel.
Which one should you choose?
Well it’s up to you of course, but battery electric vehicles are green, and create savings not only on tax but also on fuel – charging is far cheaper than traditional petrol. A plug-in hybrid could offer multiple benefits and for some people a layer of comfort as the combination of two fuelling systems lowers the worry of either running out!
Of course, battery range and charging are a major concern for many first-time electric vehicle buyers. EVs are becoming increasingly common, and the technology is developing rapidly. Now, one charge can last a battery EV over 300 miles. This varies by model, but the vast majority can travel more than 200 miles. Plug-in hybrids on average can do 30 miles on battery power.
Therefore, ‘how do I use my car?’ is an important question to ask yourself. If you are commuting miles and miles each day then a plug-in hybrid may be more suitable, but for zipping around a city, visiting friends and family – maybe a battery EV is the perfect fit!
Charging has been historically problematic for EVs but as electric vehicles are becoming more present on our roads, charging ports are far more commonplace at petrol stations and places of work than ever before.
That being said, home charging is probably the main way you will charge your electric car. Your car is stationary most of the time, and most of this time is likely to be at your house. So, it just makes sense! Understandably, home charging can be a bit of a daunting prospect.
The chargers that come with EVs are not ideal for home charging. For example, you may need tonnes of extensions cables and 3-pin charging is both painfully slow and not designed to have a constant current flowing through them – all in all an impractical system. But do not fear! Home charging is not a write-off – there are many alternative chargers you can buy.
Stop. There are suddenly so many decisions to make about chargers. For example: which charger? How do I install it? How much will it cost?
It seems overwhelming doesn’t it? But it doesn’t have to be. We Power Your Car is a one stop shop for all these concerns. We’ll advise you on your charging options, help you pick the most suitable and send an expert to install it. You are also given a fixed price quote – simple and effective pricing to go with the simple and effective process. Far quicker and easier than trawling through a thousand sites and wasting hours of your precious time. And at We Power Your Car, we offer chargers that are up to 3.5x faster!
Choice of electric vehicle, the advantages of EVs, battery range, practicality, charging, home charging – we’ve covered a lot! Hopefully, this guide has given you some more knowledge and know-how as you continue looking to buy an electric car. 3-pin charging isn’t the sensible choice for your EV. You need a professionally installed, purpose-fitted charging point for your electric vehicle.
Now you can shop with more confidence with the knowledge that when you want to plug your EV in at home, you can call upon We Power Your Car to ensure that you have the best solution for your vehicle. Happy EV-hunting!
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This type of electric charger has it's own cable to charge your car.
This type of electric charger requires a seperate cable to charge your car.
We lay SWA cable laid at 600mm deep, with a protective cable warning tape laid 150mm above the cable. These are laid on a sand or sifted sand soil bed then backfilled.
We position overhead cables at a minimum height of 3.5m and are run along a catenary wire. The cable run should not be accessible to vehicles.
Standard installation for the Homecharger covers the majority of homes in the UK and includes the following: