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How Far Does an Electric Car Go?

You may have experienced your car running out of fuel and you know the inconvenience that results from this situation. Thankfully, with fuel stations scattered all over the country, it’s easy to solve this kind of problem. But what if the car you have is an electric vehicle? 

Driving an Electric Car

If you have an electric car with a flat battery, you can call a vehicle recovery service that offers emergency charging. This way, you can continue driving and reach a charging station to get your car powered up. 

Before, there were two major problems that electric car owners faced. The first is that electric vehicles had limited range, and the second, charging points were not common yet. It was just impractical to drive an electric car. 

These days, however, things are much better for EV owners because charging stations are more readily available across the UK. And yes, most electric cars can go for 200 miles on a single charge. You can go on long road trips without worrying about your car’s battery going flat. 

How Far Can a Hyundai Kona Electric Go?

According to Hyundai, the Kona Electric has a range of 279 miles. When you speed up on motorways, this can decrease that range faster, around 4.5 miles per kWh. Nonetheless, drivers of this model shouldn’t be worried at all because the range of the Kona Electric is actually quite impressive. You can easily reach 250 miles without having to stop your trip to recharge. 

The Hyundai Kona has a 64kWh battery and with a big battery like this, you can go for long drives on a single charge. Of course, when it comes to recharging, it would take a longer time to charge a battery like this, not to mention more costly, too. But the good news is that in a few years, there will be newer 150kW chargers that will cut the charging time down considerably. It’s still expected to be quite pricey though. 

Is the Volkswagen e-Golf for Long-Range Driving?

Officially, the VW e-Golf has a 144-mile range although Volkswagen acknowledged that it’s a range for an ideal driving scenario. In real-world conditions, you can expect the e-Golf to reach up to 120 miles. It may vary from one driver to the next because each person drives their vehicle differently. 

For example, if you drive at around 65mph on a motorway, you might be able to maximise the car’s range. But if you want to go faster, the e-Golf can cope but the range will fall faster as well, at about 4 miles per kWh. You might be able to get to 80 miles before the car’s warning lights start to tell you that the comfort functions are now restricted. 

Can I Take the Nissan Leaf for a Road Trip?

Nissan claims that you can drive the Leaf for 168 miles on a single charge. In the real world, you’re going to drive the car during rush hour and at varying speeds. Sometimes, you might turn on the radio and heating. All these factors can affect the range of the vehicle. 

The 168-mile range is still achievable though. You just have to drive at a low speed and use power sparingly by not using electronics in the vehicle. So if you’re going to use the Nissan Leaf for everyday driving plus all the electronic components, it would be hard to complete the 168-mile range. 

Do You Have Range Anxiety?

Driving an electric vehicle can cause you to experience what’s called “range anxiety.” This is the feeling that you get when you worry that the electric car doesn’t have enough range to complete your journey even if it’s been fully charged. 

Range anxiety was a legitimate concern before but nowadays, it’s no longer something that should be considered a big problem. The charging infrastructure in the UK has been catching up with the growing demand of increasing EV drivers. Also, the batteries of electronic cars are continually improving. 

As of March 2021, there are almost 40,000 charging connectors scattered in 14,500 locations. So, if you ever need a quick charge, finding a charging station is no longer going to be an issue. Rapid chargers are also available in 2,800 locations already, with 10,000 connectors. You can eat a snack or take a coffee break as your car is charging. 

Factors Affecting the Range of an Electric Car

The range claimed by car manufacturers may seem impressive but in reality, there are a good number of factors that will affect how far your car can go. Here are some of them. 

Battery’s Age

An electric car’s range is dependent on the capacity of its battery. The newer it is, the better. It’s the same as the battery life of your laptop or smartphone which diminishes after a certain period. As your electric vehicle gets older, it will have a shorter range. 

Battery Size

If your car has a big battery, measured in kWh, then you can expect that it can take you further than a vehicle with a smaller battery. Imagine it as a fuel tank. The bigger the tank, the more fuel is stored and the longer you can drive before needing to refuel. 

Driving Style and Other Factors

A lot of car manufacturers are actually honest about the range of their vehicles. Some may even provide tools so you can assess the various factors that can affect the car’s range, such as the use of the heater, weather conditions, topography, speed, and driving style. 

Takeaway

Before you buy an electric vehicle, consider its range along with the many factors that can affect it. The three major factors are the charging time, price of charging, and miles per kWh. Don’t worry too much about running of power because there are more charging stations now. It shouldn’t be a problem to stop by for a quick charge. You can take the time to stretch your legs. 

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