Do you know someone who’s made the switch to an electric car? If not, you soon will. With the petrol and diesel ban just 15 years away, we’re going to see an increased number of electric vehicles (EV) on the roads.
Should you be thinking of investing in your own EV and want to know more about what this involves, now is a great time to brush up on your knowledge of the future of motoring. To help you, here’s a look at the key things you need to know before you swap your petrol for electric.
There are some key differences between electric motors and standard diesel and petrol cars. The main one is the EV don’t use gears. This is because the motor is powered by electrical currents. The only controls are the accelerator and the brakes.
Similarly, EV have fewer moving parts overall. The battery is the source of power here, whereas a typical combustion engine requires a series of parts, such as belts and cables. This means that EV are more streamlined.
Another interesting difference is that when you brake in an electric car, charge is sent back to the battery. This tops up the power levels in the car and is a ‘free charge’ every time you brake.
It’s worth noting that the ‘electric engine’ doesn’t exist. Instead, this is referred to as the ‘electric motor’ and it works like the engine on a petrol or diesel car. By having this in mind early on, you can have a clear idea of the terms used when researching the car that you’d like to buy.
As with any car, when considering the running costs of an EV, you’ll need to factor in its make and model. However, generally, you can expect to pay as much as third less to travel 100 miles than you would in a petrol or diesel car.
It’s worth looking into any reward schemes that come with purchasing certain types of EV. For example, Tesla’s Supercharger Network offers access to free charging points for older cars, while newer models, such as the Model X may come with a select number of credits.
Speak to the dealer you buy from to find out what could be included. Outlets such as ZenAuto will be able to talk you through what’s available for your Tesla.
Insuring your EV works like getting insurance for a petrol or diesel motor. However, as EV cars need specialist parts, insurance can be slightly more expensive.
But, as we move towards becoming an EV-only country, these prices are likely to come down. Plus, insurers are beginning to include cover for charging points and electrical cables, so it’s possible to source good deals for your EV.
By 2035, it’s expected that we’ll all be savvy when it comes to driving electric motors. Will you take the leap now and buy your own EV?