If you like being on top of the latest trends and want an overall improved driving experience, an electric vehicle might be the perfect car for you.
How does an electric vehicle work?
We all know what an electric car is, but how it differs from a regular car is something to acknowledge when you are considering investing in an electrical vehicle.
Instead of a gasoline engine, an electric motor is used to power the vehicle. This electric motor receives power from a controller mechanised by a plethora of rechargeable batteries. Typically, one motor is enough to convert electrical energy into kinetic energy, but you may find some electric cars have a dual engine to create a four-wheel-drive.
Electric cars also have minimal wasted energy due to features such as idle-off, which turns off the engine when the vehicle has come to a stop. Similarly, regenerative braking helps the cars kinetic energy to be captured and turned into electricity. This electricity is then stored in the batteries of the vehicle, meaning you are charging your car while you break!
Save your money
Of course, one of the main benefits of opting for an electric vehicle is the fact it ultimately saves you money. With an electric car, you can avoid extortionate petrol prices and instead charge your vehicle in a variety of public areas or even in your own home! Not only will this save you money, but will be more convenient if you live a busy lifestyle as you can charge your car overnight.
Typically, an overnight charge will allow you to drive around 100 miles before needing to be charged again. The cost of an overnight charges averages out at about £3 or £4, significantly cheaper than the price of petrol.
Generally, traditional combustion engines are more problematic than electric motors. Conventional petrol and diesel cars require a lot of parts for the car to run smoothly, e.g. exhausts, cooling systems and catalytic converters. On the other hand, electric vehicles only have three main components:
- Electric motor
- On-board charger
Having fewer components means there is less potential to go wrong. For this reason, electric cars will ultimately save you money as you will not need to pay for services or other maintenance issues regularly.
However, if you find you are having troubles with your car, car repairs in Milton Keynes offer cheap car repairs carried out by experienced mechanics.
One of the most significant factors which deter people from purchasing an electric vehicle is range anxiety. However, the capability of electric cars cannot be understated. As previously mentioned, charging an electric vehicle can mean you can drive around 100 miles. However, this is dependent on the car you own and the battery which you use to charge it. Nevertheless, as of July 2018, there are 5939 charging points installed across the UK. This means if you are planning on going on a long journey, with the right research and planning you will easily be able to find a charging station along the way if you need a top up.
Good for the environment
Whether you are conscious of your carbon footprint or not, helping the environment is always something to be proud of. With an electric car, you can boast about your 100 per cent eco-friendly lifestyle.
No longer relying on petrol or diesel, which causes harmful emissions to enter the atmosphere, electric cars run purely on electricity and produce zero tailgate emissions.
Some debate has arisen concerning the environmental impact of the batteries needed to power electric vehicles. However, the use of these batteries are not a cause for ecological concern thanks to battery recycling. Valuable materials in the batteries which can be reused can be easily placed back into the production cycle and therefore minimalise environmental damage.
So much choice!
With the popularity of electric vehicle increasing every year, the variety of cars on offer have improved immensely. Currently, the best selling electric car is the Nissan Leaf, which can be purchased at a very reasonable price. It is a surprisingly spacious car, making it ideal if you have a family or want that extra space. The Nissan Leaf also boasts three unique features:
- Propilot park
If these features are something that appeals to you, doing your research will be extremely beneficial as you will find electric cars may have similar features more suited to your needs.
If you are looking for something a bit more high end, the second best selling an electric car is the Tesla Model S. The Tesla has a sleek aesthetic and modern interior which includes a massive 17-inch touchscreen. The touchscreen can control most of the car’s functions while also not being a distraction to the driver as it automatically adjusts its brightness to the time of day and natural light.
Some people are concerned that where electric cars excel in eco-friendly and cheap motor solutions, they lack in performance. However, this is incorrect. Contrary to what people may think, electric vehicles are in fact highly responsive and offer smooth and instant acceleration. This acceleration is one of the best selling points for electric cars. If you are wondering how this is achieved, it is through the electric motors developing maximum wheel-spinning torque the moment they are turned on.
If you are still doubtful of an electric vehicles performance, a great example would be the Tesla P100D model S. This model features a “Ludicrous Mode” which allows you to drive from zero to sixty miles an hour in 2.5 seconds. Whilst this is very impressive, it would be beneficial to consider other makes and models as they all offer unique features.
Is an electric vehicle for me?
Whether you are bored with your current car and looking for an upgrade, or are sick of petrol expenses, you may find an electric vehicle is just what you need.
If you are still not convinced, visit the EV Experience Centre where you will be fully informed on everything electrical vehicle related, and even have the opportunity to test drive a selection of cars on the market.