Can people unplug your cable?
No. Charging cables are locked into both the charging unit and the vehicle charging port (there are a few exceptions).
How far can an electric vehicle go?
Electric vehicles can travel anywhere from 60 - 260 miles.
realistically depending on the model you get. The average across current electric vehicles is around 150 miles.
How long does it take to charge an electric vehicle?
Dependent on the type of charge point you are connected to and the electric vehicle you are connecting, charging can be as quick as 30 - 60 minutes using a rapid charger. For more info on charging times click here.
How much does it cost to charge an electric vehicle?
On average you would be looking at £4 to £5 for a full charge of an electric vehicle at home. However, it is possible to reduce this cost by switching to an electric vehicle tariff which reduces your electricity cost, usually between the hours of 11pm - 6am. The cost of public charging varies dependent on which network you charge on but will be similar to the price of home charging.
Is there a grant available towards a home charge unit?
Yes, you get up to £500 off the price of a home charge unit.
How much does it cost to get a home charge unit installed?
The cost of installing a home charge unit can vary as some manufacturers, such as Renault, subsidise the cost to make it free. However, if this is not the case, with the government grant included, you are looking at between £200 and £400.
I don’t have the ability to charge at home, can I still get an electric vehicle?
Yes you can. There are around 24,000 charging connecters in just over 9000 locations meaning you're never far from one. Furthermore, there is a huge amount of money available for councils to install charging points should there not be one in your area. For more information on this, click here. As well as this, there are also grants available to businesses meaning it could be possible to install one at a place of work. Plug-in hybrids also offer a good option for anyone without the ability to charge as they give you an electric range of around 20-30 miles but with the added range and security of a combustion engine. However, Electric Vehicle Expert recommends a full electric vehicle over a plug-in hybrid as you will experience greater cost savings.
Do the batteries in an electric vehicle last long?
Manufacturers of electric vehicles tend to give around an 8 year / 100,000 mile warranty of electric vehicle batteries meaning you shouldn't have to worry. Total life is around 15 years.
Are electric cars safe?
Yes, most electric vehicles carry a Euro NCAP rating of 4 or 5 stars.
Do I pay tax on an electric vehicle?
No, not on a pure electric vehicle. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles carry a £10 discount if they produce below 50g/km meaning it costs £10 in the first year in and £130 in the years after. However, if a pure electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid is over £40,000 then it carries an additional tax of £310 in the first 5 years.
Is there a grant towards electric vehicles?
Yes. You can get up to £3500 towards a full electric vehicle. There is no longer a grant towards Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles. For more information on the plug-in car grant (PICG), click here.
Do electric vehicles need an MOT?
Electric vehicles have to pass an MOT after they are three years old as with any other vehicle. The main difference between electric vehicles and petrol or diesel cars during an MOT test is that there’s no emissions test unless it is a range extender or a plug-in hybrid. Goods vehicles powered by electricity are exempt from an MOT.
Is insurance more for an electric vehicle?
Insurance on average is around 50% more than conventional vehicles according to money supermarket. However, electric vehicles make up a tiny percentage of cars on the road which could cause this figure to be misleading. Furthermore, electric vehicles tend to be more powerful than comparable cars.
What does kWh mean?
kWh stands for kilowatt-hour and indicates the size of the battery in an electric vehicle. Average for a plug-in hybrid is 10kWh and full EV ranges from 20kWh to 100kWh. BMW state it as Ah.