Electric Vehicles: Be in the know

2020 saw sales of Electric Vehicles triple, with figures tipping over 100,000 as well as a market share increase of 5%.

2020 saw sales of Electric Vehicles triple, with figures tipping over 100,000 as well as a market share increase of 5% and 2021 looks set to follow the same course. January alone saw Battery Electric Vehicles up 54.4% from the year before, but with all this talk about the EV revolution there are still many unanswered questions: What is the best Electric Car model available right now? What are the benefits of owning an Electric Car? Are they expensive? What space will I need to install EV chargers?

We have teamed up with our EV charge point partner Elmtronics, to provide some answers on typically asked questions around Electric Cars and EV charge points.

What is the best Electric Car model available right now?

The best all-rounder car would have to be the Peugeot e-2008. It brings luxury, great technology and brilliant driving experience for a modest price. Drivers that prefer SUVs must check this model out.

How far will I be able to drive?

It all depends on the model of EV you’re driving and like any petrol or diesel, you must also take into consideration how you drive. Many publications and motor reviewers have tested real-world range for a variety of EVs. A rough figure would be 100 to 400 miles, for example, the Renault Zoe’s real-world range is 146 miles but the Tesla Model S is claimed to have a real-world range of 320 miles. [1]

What happens if it runs out of power?

An EV will just stop and until you plug it in to charge it won’t even turn on. Which means if you run out, you’ll need to be towed to your nearest station, much like any petrol or diesel car when they run out of fuel.  To combat this, vehicle recovery services like RAC now offer charging solutions for EVs. In 2020 RAC announced that they have fitted mobile charging units in a number of their fleet vehicles, these units will allow an up to 10mile boost of electricity to assist stranded EVs, similarly to giving a petrol or diesel car a top-up to get them on their way.

Are Electric Cars slow? 

Definitely not. For example, the Tesla Model S’ power is between 310 – 605bhp [2], if you take into consideration a Porsche 911’s power is 444bhp it’s not a bad trade-off. It’s also worth noting that the Tesla Model S Plaid 0-60 time is faster than the Bugatti Chiron (the fastest ICE car in the world), at an astonishing 2.3 seconds – we wouldn’t class that as slow.

Are they much more expensive than normal cars?

An Electric Car’s upfront cost is higher than any internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle, however, many people don’t buy new vehicles outright they lease them. Financing an EV is no different from any other car. If you factor in the cost for insurance, servicing and ‘fuelling’ an EV their whole life cost (WLC) is considerably cheaper than a ‘normal’ car.

What are the benefits of owning an Electric Car?

Electric Vehicles are vital in reducing the global carbon footprint, if in 2050 one in two cars were electric, this would reduce the global CO2 emissions by up to 1.5 gigatonnes per year! Apart from the environmental benefits, as a driver, the savings in tax and running costs are incomparable to owning a petrol or diesel car. Using the Peugeot e-2008 and its ICE counterpart –

[3] *Prices are approximate using Next Green Car fuel calculator

What are the benefits of on-site charge points? 

Having workplace on-site charge points will reduce your fleet fuelling costs, by approximately £2000 a year. It also future proofs your fleet, ensuring you stay ahead of the new ICE ban in 2030.

What space will I need to install EV chargers?

The only space you will need to install EV chargers is car parking spaces near a building.

What is the cost to install? 

Installation costs vary depending on the model of the charger. Factoring in ground works, whether it’s wall or pole mounted, it can range between £1,000-5,000. Using the Workplace Charger Scheme, businesses can reduce the cost of charger points by up to £350 per socket.

How much does it cost to charge my Electric Car? 

Charging an Electric Car is dependent on the model and charging point.

Using the Peugeot e-2008 example and the Zap-Map charging tool

*approximate

Does the charge point use a lot of electricity?

In short, yes, which has spiked concerns with some drivers over demand on the grid. Having said that, EVs can actually save energy through ‘vehicle to grid’ charging, which allows plugged-in EVs to act somewhat like a giant battery for the grid and even out demand surges. UK Power Networks have begun pilot tests to look at incentifying smart charging for EV drivers. Smart charging gives drivers the ability to plug in their vehicle but shift their EV charging to times when prices are lower or electricity is greener. This move will not only save drivers money but will ensure minimal spikes in grid usage.

How long do they take to charge?

Again, unfortunately, it is a case of what model and what power charger.

As a rough guide, here are the approximate distances a 30min charge will get you for each power level:

7kW (Fast) –  up to 2 miles

22kW (Rapid) – up to 10 miles

50kW+ (Rapid – Ultra Rapid) – up to 90-120 miles

At Elmtronics’ head office, they have a variety of 22kW and 25kW chargers for our staff. When charging an Electric Car the golden figure is 80% battery capacity. For the health of the battery, most manufacturers recommend only charging to this level. As it happens, the charging rate slows down significantly when the battery reaches full capacity so stopping at 80% is a good idea all around. For the Peugeot e2008, 80% charge translates to a range of over 164 miles.

If you are looking to invest in an Electric fleet and would like to know how installing EV charge points  could benefit your business, get in touch with partners@cngltd.co.uk or complete our enquiry form below.

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