An electric car is just like any other car, except it uses a battery to drive a powerful electric motor. This makes them more economical and with no emissions, better for the environment. And instead of refuelling you simply recharge at home, or at one of the many public charge points.
There are substantial benefits to owning an electric car. Here are our top four.
Cheap to run
Because electricity is much cheaper than petrol or diesel, your journey could cost less than a third of what it would in a combustion - engine car. Battery-electric vehicles can also travel for free in the UK’s new Clean Air Zones and London’s Congestion Zone.
An electric vehicle doesn’t have a tailpipe, which means no exhaust emissions. This helps improve air quality, particularly in urban areas.
Charge at home
Imagine waking up every day with a ‘full tank’. Just plug in when you get home, and your car takes care of the rest. You can also get a £350 grant to help you pay for the home charger, too.
Electric cars are incredibly quiet, making for a more relaxing atmosphere. Driving is easy too, because electric motors produce maximum torque at all revs. That simply means you get maximum power without having rev through the gears, so acceleration is instant.
How does an electric car work?
In simple terms, energy is stored in a large battery, which drives a powerful electric motor. To charge it, just plug it into a home charge point, or a public charger when you’re out and about, the car takes care of the rest.
What’s it like to drive an electric car?
A lot of fun actually - because electric cars are incredibly responsive. Unlike combustion engines, their electric motors produce maximum torque at any rpm. So, you can enjoy instant acceleration without worrying about gear changes.
Are electric cars efficient?
In a word, yes. EVs convert over 77% of the electrical energy from the grid to power at the wheels. Conventional gasoline vehicles only convert about 12% - 30% of the energy stored in gasoline to power at the wheels.
Do electric cars require a lot of maintenance?
Electric vehicles require considerably less maintenance than fuel-powered cars. That’s mostly due to the fact that their “inner workings” are a lot simpler. And lower maintenance means fewer servicing costs.
With so much information about electric vehicles and their capabilities, it can be hard to make a decision about whether an EV is right for you. To help, we've busted some of the most common EV myths for you.
An electric car yields substantial savings in tax and running costs for your business, but it's easy to be put off by the many EV myths floating around. To help you make an informed choice on electric vehicles, we'll look at some of the most common EV myths and give you the facts so you can stop wondering and start driving.
Myth: You can't drive very far in an EV
Actually, the Kia e-Niro and Soul EV have a real-world range of more than 280 miles - the distance from London to Newcastle. That's plenty when you consider that 98% of journeys in the UK are less than 50 miles - which would leave you with around 82% charge remaining.
Myth: There's nowhere to charge EVs
Most vehicle charging is done at home or at work, so the majority of drivers wake up or leave work without having to think about charging on the road. If you do need to charge on the road, there are more than 30,000 public charge points in the UK across more than 10,800 locations1 .
Myth: They take too long to charge
It's very rare that you need to charge an electric car from empty - the majority of the time you're just topping up. However, if you did want to charge from 0%, a 7kW home or workplace charger will charge an e-Niro to full in around 10 hours. If you're on the road, a 100kW rapid charger will give you 80% charge in just 45 mins - perfect time to stop for a break or grab a coffee after 280 miles of driving.
Myth: They're too slow
A few seconds behind the wheel of an EV is enough to debunk this myth. Electric vehicles, such as the Kia e-Niro, produce maximum torque at all revs, so only need one forward gear. This means instant, rapid acceleration without needing to find the correct gear first. As a result, the Kia e-Niro sprints from 0-62mph in just 7.8 seconds.
Myth: Electric cars are too expensive
Electric cars usually have a slightly higher P11D price, but this is offset by the plug-in car grant and considerably reduced running costs. EVs have lower Service, Maintenance and Repair costs, cost significantly less to fuel and could save you thousands of pounds per year in BIK tax alone. You can also deduct the full cost of your vehicle from your profits before tax through First Year Allowance2 . When you look at Whole Life Costs, electric vehicles can cost considerably less than traditional cars.
Myth: They're less safe in an accident
Electric vehicles are subject to the same safety tests and standards as regular cars. In fact, some studies have shown that electric vehicles are safer in an accident and less prone to catching fire than petrol or diesel equivalents4 . Electric cars such as the Soul EV and e-Niro, are also equipped with a suite of advanced safety technologies, that will help you to avoid accidents altogether.
Myth: The batteries don't last
The battery packs in the Kia e-Niro and Soul EV are covered by Kia's 7-year, 100,000-mile warranty. Modern Lithium-ion Polymer batteries have turned out to be far more robust than originally thought - a recent study has shown that a Soul EV that's almost three years old have lost just over 1% of its total battery capacity3 .
Myth: You can't drive or charge them in the wet
You most definitely can - you can drive or charge an electric vehicle whatever the weather. It's also fine to drive them through a car wash.
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