Beginner’s guide to electric cars

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Beginner’s Guide

Motorists for pure-electric cars no longer to compromise on safety – the latest have demonstrated that EVs can be as safe as their equivalent or diesel counterpart. The Nissan and Chevrolet Volt were awarded the top five-star Euro ratings. Read more.

cars like the Nissan and the soon to launch Renault ZE, electric cars now offer practicality – with room for reasonably spacious boots and a that satisfies the vast of commuter distances, EVs like have never been viable as alternatives to petrol and cars. And there are many like them on the way.

cars can plug in to your 13amp power supply at the same as your vacuum or TV. In fact, trials have that’s what most EV do — 85% plug in and charge at home or work rather using public on-street points. Read more.

Most new electric cars a range of around 100 miles. doesn’t sound like a lot but that 80% of Europeans drive than 63 miles every day and the UK driver travels just 25 100 miles on a charge should be than enough for most Read more.

You’ve of hybrid cars — now there are ‘Plug-in Hybrid’ cars, too, which a larger battery that can be up using mains electricity, you to drive further at higher on pure electric power the engine kicks in. There are ‘Extended Range’ electric (E-REV) like the Vauxhall which can go even further on power — the Ampera’s petrol engine is only to generate electricity when the are depleted. And, of course, are pure-electric vehicles such as the Leaf and supercar Tesla (it can hit 60mph in just 3.7secs!).

Charging times depend on the of the car and how big the battery is. The typical charge for pure-electric cars using a UK home wall socket is six and eight hours. PHEVs and take much less to charge because they smaller batteries. Most new EVs can also use rapid charging that can top up the batteries to 80% capacity in 30 minutes.

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cars are more expensive to buy traditional cars. This is the high-tech batteries are very right now. But don’t let the sticker price put you off — costs are a lot lower than or diesel equivalents. Charging an car is seriously cheap.

For a typical pure electric car from flat to full, the could be as little as £0.96p on tariff, but it’s very to be more than £3.40. And for 100 miles range. EVs are also tax exempt, don’t have to pay the Congestion Charge and benefit free parking in many pay spots.

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Nissan's Greener Electric Cars

cars are sometimes touted as emission’, but that’s misleading. have zero tailpipe but there are emissions created in the of electricity. The average CO2 rating for a electric car in the UK, when you look at the figure, is about 80g/km.

A fair comparison with a car must also look at figures – taking into the drilling for oil, transporting, and then transporting again. The figure for a mid-size combustion-engine car is 147g/km and 161g/km, so electric are ‘greener’. And as the national grid cleaner, so of course do electric

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There are tax and cash incentives for purchasers of cars in many markets. In the UK the Car Grant’ currently offers up to £5,000 toward the cost of cars, while in the US a similar is in operation with a $7,500 tax Also, in the UK you’ll likely be from Vehicle Excise Fuel Duty and company car tax and in you don’t have to pay the Congestion and will often find you can in Pay Display spaces for free.

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Electric work in all kinds of weather, heavy rain, snow and heat. Front-rank manufacturers Nissan, Renault and BMW conduct testing in extreme weather Batteries left for weeks in temperature should be fine if the EV is in, but they could be damaged if And the range of an electric vehicle be negatively affected by the use of the car’s so many EV’s offer which warms the cabin the car is still being charged – way, you don’t waste heating up the cabin when you set off on journey.

In extreme heat, some use water or air-cooling to thermally the batteries. Read more.

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