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9 Facts About Electric Cars

Electric vehicles (EVs) seem to be everywhere you look at the moment, whether it's on actual roads or in the news. Sales for EVs shot up during the mini fuel crisis, with the number of sales recorded in September 2021 close to the figure for the whole of 2019. As a nation, we're becoming more environmentally conscious but also seek convenience and cost-saving measures. Electric vehicles offer all three in abundance, and here are nine facts about EVs that you may wish to know if you're considering going electric for your next vehicle.  

1) They aren't as new as you think

Electric cars are seen as the future of motoring, but they aren't as new as you might think. The first production of an electric vehicle was more than 100 years ago, in 1884, when English inventor Thomas Parker introduced several electric innovations to the UK. These included electric taxis, an electric tramway, and that little thing we call the London Underground.

2) Braking adds miles to your range

You read that right – electric cars have regenerative braking, which means electricity goes back to the battery when you brake. That means braking helps you get more juice out of the car and go further in miles. So not only are electric cars environmentally friendly, they take you that little bit further when you hit the brakes.

3) Electric cars are no longer silent

All electric and hybrid cars are legally required to make an artificial noise when driving. This is so they can be easily heard by cyclists and pedestrians, reducing the chance of accidents in the process. The noise starts at around 13 mph and emits from the car's exterior, so it'll still be a nice, quiet ride for the driver. 

4) There are more electric cars on the road than ever

Today, the UK has more than 345,000 electric cars on the road, with sales increasing by 186%. Further to that, you'll find 657,00 hybrids in action on UK roads, and the numbers are only set to rise as EVs gain popularity. 

5) There are more charging points than petrol station

Plugging your car into a charger is much easier than finding a petrol station and filling up – partly because of the time it takes, but also because of how many charging points are available. The UK has more than 10,000 charging points and 8,400 petrol stations. The numbers are tight, but you can expect them to grow in favour of EVs in the coming years. 

6) Electric vehicles are on the moon

Ok, so you can't hop behind the wheel of a Tesla Model 3 and drive about on the moon (yet). But NASA Lunar Rover, which is used to roam about on the moon, is powered by electricity. As far as vehicles on the moon go, it's Evs 1 petrol cars 0. 

7) The best-selling electric car might not be what you think

Tesla leads the way when it comes to style in the EV world, but it's not the best-selling car in Europe. That accolade goes to Renault with its Zoe, a battery-powered electric car that seems to be the go-to option for motorists going electric. 

8) Government grants encourage the use of EVs

The government wants us to be more environmentally friendly and gives out grants to get us to participate in eco-friendly travel. That includes offering up to £1,500 off the prices of an electric moped or motorcycle, £3,500 off an electric car, £8,000 off an electric van and a whopping £20,000 off a large van or truck. Did someone say Cybertruck?

9) You can use an electric car to power your house

Electric cars are essentially batteries on wheels, which means you can use the electricity in your car to supply power to your home if you have the right equipment. Electric car batteries can also power outdoor events. Say goodbye to generators and hello to EV battery packs.

Fact, not fiction

That's your nine electric car facts to keep you in the know about EVs. So when it comes to buying an electric vehicle, you can wow the dealer with your knowledge and show them you're a real EV connoisseur. 

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