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Your Questions About EVs Answered

The step from a petrol or diesel car to an electric vehicle can feel more like a giant leap. With so much misinformation online, many people are left with a head swimming with questions about EVs. Will the battery need replacing? Are they difficult to maintain? How do EVs even work? 

If you’re on the fence about making the switch but have some concerns, we’re here to help. We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions about EVs and answered them, so you can make the decision knowing you’re fully informed.

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How does electric vehicle charging work? 

Charging your EV is similar to charging your phone. When your car’s battery is low, you simply plug it in and leave it to charge before you hit the road again. While charging, alternating current (AC) from the grid is converted into direct current (DC) that your car then uses to run.

You can use DC and AC chargers, but AC chargers work at a slower rate as they have to turn the AC into DC, whereas DC chargers perform the conversion automatically. 

Are EVs cost effective?

Installing an EV charging point is definitely a choice your wallet will thank you for. It’s been estimated that running an EV is two times less expensive than a petrol car, with a 200 mile range charge at come costing just a little over £15. 

The initial cost of getting an EV may seem a lot, but in the long-term it’s a decision that could hugely benefit your pockets. 

Are EVs really that sustainable? 

EVs emit far less greenhouse gases over their lifetime than petrol or diesel cars, but there are concerns about the manufacturing process and how sustainable it is. While it’s true that more emissions are created during production compared to conventional cars, technology is rapidly improving to make the process more efficient and sustainable. 

In terms of the better option for the environment, EVs are still the better option as their lifetime emissions are so much lower.

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How far can I travel in an EV?

Like petrol and diesel cars, every EVis different. Some are designed for nipping around cities, whereas others are built to take families on longer road trips. Modern EVs generally have a range of 200 or more miles, and motorway services are now well-equipped with rapid charging stations, so even if you make regular long journeys, you shouldn’t rule out an EV! 

How do I charge my EV if I’m out and about? 

As the popularity of EVs increases, so does the number of public charging stations. In fact, there are now around 3,600 more electric charging locations than petrol stations in the UK, so you should be able to find somewhere to top up your charge pretty easily. 

There are also many apps available, such as Zap-Map, that will help you find your nearest charge point.

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How long does charging an EV take? 

This depends on the type of charger being used and the model of the car itself, but in general a 7kW unit will charge an EV with a40 kWh battery in 4-6 hours. Smart charging can also be used, which is a convenient way of charging when the demand for electricity is lower, such as at night. 

Most charge points found on UK motorway services are rapid and can charge the battery in as little as 30 minutes, giving you time for a much-needed break before continuing your journey. 

Are EVs easy to look after? 

Many people worry that EVs will be tricky to maintain and are surprised to find out that they’re actually easier to look after than petrol and diesel cars. EVs typically require less maintenance because there are fewer moving parts and fluids and brake wear is significantly reduced thanks to regenerative braking.

How often will the battery need replacing? 

Most EV manufacturers offer at least an 8 year or 100,000 mile warranty on batteries. They have also proven to last well, with replacements being rare and generally covered by warranties. 

The RAC even noted that some EV users have easily driven 200,000 miles on their original battery, which is similar to the lifespan of a petrol or diesel vehicle. 

What’s the difference between tethered and untethered chargers? 

The main difference between tethered and untethered chargers is the cable. Tethered chargers have a fixed cable that can’t be removed, whereas untethered chargers have a detachable cable. 

Most EV drivers opt for a tethered charger, making these the most common type. They are convenient for quickly plugging in your vehicle to charge, but you’ll also be limited by the length of the cable. With an untethered charger, you’ll have more flexibility to upgrade the cable or take it with you when you travel, but you lose the convenience of a tethered option. There are pros and cons to each type, so make sure to factor in what’s important to you when choosing your charger. 

We hope these answered your questions about EVs and chargers, but if there’s something we missed feel free to get in touch! You can also check out our range of EV chargers.