How to get the most our of our your new car
Understanding your car’s battery
EV Manufactures do provide warranties against excessive charge capacity loss and these vary by manufacturer.
There are therefore many contributory factors that affect electric vehicle power consumption, most controlled by the driver. The EV range stated is a guide only and is wholly dependent on operating conditions and vary dramatically from driver to driver. The manufacturer published stated ranges are performed under test conditions and may not reflect real world driving.
This could be from excess heat from charging or the temperature outside the vehicle causing it to over heat.
This is combated by the vehicles and chargers, as they will not keep sending power the vehicle once its reached its max charge.
It is best to charge your vehicle as often as possible for shorter periods of time to reduce damage to battery.
You can charge your electric vehicle through a standard plug socket but this will take a long time. It’s better to have a dedicated Wall Box Charger installed at your house or workplace.
Dedicated chargers can often deliver 7kw of charge per hour depending on the charger you have installed.
A vehicle with a 50kw battery will take approximately 7 hours to fully charge from a 7kw charger.
7kw x 7 hours = 49kw
Public charging stations are becoming more common at motorway service stations and shops.
Some are rapid chargers that can provide 50kw per hour or more.
A vehicle with a 50kw battery will take approximately 1 hour to charge on a 50kw charger.
50kw x 1 hour = 50kw*
*Rapid chargers reduce in speed when the battery reaches 80% capacity to reduce damage to the battery.
The electric motor in your hybrid or electric car runs in two directions – one to drive the wheels and move the car, and the other to recharge the battery. When you lift your foot off the accelerator pedal and onto the brake, the motor swaps directions and starts to put energy back into the battery.
EVs have superior acceleration compared to an equivalent petrol or diesel vehicle.
This superior power is available at any speed because there are no gears.
The only noises that electric vehicles tend to make is caused by their tyres or generated by wind resistance, and that only happens at higher speeds.
From 2019 all new EV’s will be fitted with a noise-emitting device that sounds at speeds below 12mph to warn pedestrians.
* Electric vehicle ranges can be affected by many factors, causing the range of a vehicle to decrease. This can include weather, outside temperature, use of air-conditioning or heaters, load, driving style and city-based (stop-start) driving to name but a few. The ranges of vehicles we quote and any data we provide are derived from manufacturers data provided to us, which are usually based on optimum test conditions. You are unlikely to achieve these maximum range estimates when driving the vehicle yourself. The availability of charging points and use of a home charger are also critical factors in any electric vehicle choice that might be made. Please take in to consideration these factors when deciding if an electric vehicle is right for you