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 plugging into a standard 3 pin 230V wall outlet, this will take a long time to fully charge a vehicle, however another option is to have a Wall Box Charger installed at your house or workplace.
These can provide power from 3.6kW up to 22kW depending on the charger you have installed.
In public charging stations such as motorway service stations, you can find rapid chargers that can provide from 50kW to 150kW of power, through networks such as Polar and Charge Your Car. Rapid chargers can charge most EVs, in 30 to 60 minutes.*
*Rapid chargers speeds are reduced once the battery reaches 80% to reduce damaging the battery.
However drivers can adjust the amount of power available when accelerating using different pre-set modes.
This is when the kinetic energy created by stopping the vehicle, is converted back to electric and stored back in the battery to be used to power the vehicle. This means the more smoothly you drive, the more range you will get out of the battery, this is especially useful in city centre driving.
This mean EVs have superior acceleration compared to an equivalent ICE vehicle.
The only natural noise that a EV emits is the very quiet spinning of the motor. This was deemed dangerous to other road users by the NHTSA in America and the EU in Europe, thus from 2019 all EVs are required to emit warning noises when the car is in motion.
* 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