Electric cars are becoming increasingly popular, as people look for more environmentally-friendly ways to travel. 🍃 If you're considering making the switch to electric, there's a lot to think about - from the initial cost of the car, to how you'll keep it charged.
That's why we've put together this comprehensive guide to electric cars. We'll cover all the basics, from how they work and how much they cost, to the different finance options available. We'll also give you our top tips on charging your electric car and keeping it running smoothly. So whether you're a complete beginner or you're already familiar with electric cars, this guide will help you make the switch with ease. Let's get started!
What are electric cars?
Electric cars are powered by electricity, rather than petrol or diesel. This means they produce zero emissions, making them much better for the environment than traditional petrol or diesel cars.
Electric cars have been around for many years, but they've only recently become more popular. This is due to advances in technology, which have made electric cars more efficient and cheaper to run.
How do electric cars work?
Electric cars work by using an electric motor to turn the wheels. The motor is powered by a battery, which stores electrical energy. When you press the accelerator pedal, the battery sends power to the motor, which makes the car move forwards.
The battery is usually located under the floor of the car, so it doesn't take up much space. Most electric cars also have a small petrol or diesel engine, which is used to charge the battery when it's running low.
How much do electric cars cost?
The initial cost of an electric car can be higher than a traditional petrol or diesel car. However, electric cars are cheaper to run, so you'll save money in the long term. The price of electric cars varies depending on the make and model. You can find electric cars for as little as £10,000, but the most expensive models can cost over £100,000. But, with Carmoola's flexible car financing packages, you can get yourself an electric car for as little as £100 per month.
What are the different types of electric cars?
There are two main types of electric cars:
1. Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) - these cars run entirely on electricity, so they have no emissions. BEVs have a range of around 100 miles before they need to be recharged. Top end BEVs like Teslas can last up to 400 miles, and battery power will continue to increase as the technology gets better.
2. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) - these cars have both an electric motor and a petrol or diesel engine. PHEVs can be plugged into the mains to recharge the battery, but they can also run on petrol or diesel. PHEVs have a much longer range than BEVs, as they can switch to using the petrol or diesel engine when the battery is running low.
How do I charge an electric car?
Electric cars can be charged in two ways:
1. Slow charging - this is the most common way to charge an electric car. You can do it at home or work, using a standard three-pin socket. Slow charging takes around 8 hours to charge a typical electric car battery.
2. Fast charging - this is a quicker way to charge your electric car, but you'll need special equipment to do it. Fast chargers are usually found at motorway service stations and public car parks. They can charge an electric car battery in around 30 minutes.
To find out more about how we feel about electric cars, head over to the Carmoola blog on the best EVs on the market today. We've got all the information you need to make the switch to electric, including a range of electric car finance options to suit your budget on our app - so you can go ahead and download that using the link here or via. the button in the top right of this blog post.
Electric cars are becoming more and more popular as technology gets better. We are now starting to see electric cars being granted access to areas that other cars have to pay to get into. To improve air quality, some local authorities are introducing clean air zones. Obviously, with electric vehicle emission standards, you won't have to pay a charge if you drive in a clean air zone.
Thank you very much for reading today, and we look forward to seeing you in the next one!
The Carmoola Team.