If you are thinking of switching to an electric vehicle (EV) as part of your commitment to a green and sustainable lifestyle, carry on reading so you can find out more before you decide on an EV for your next car.
How can I find out if an EV would suit my lifestyle?
To start with, you’ll want to think about your driving habits and understand the practicalities of owning an electric car.
- How far can electric cars go? Many EVs today can do between 100 and 300 miles on a full charge. That is a lot of pick ups, drop offs and work commutes, if you consider that the average car trip in 2019 was 8.4 miles, according to the National Travel Survey.
- How long does it take to charge an electric car? This depends on a few things, like the size of your car’s battery and the type of charging station you’ll be using at home or on the go. For many electric cars, you can add up to 100 miles of range in around 35 minutes with a 50kW rapid charger.
We have teamed up with electric car experts Elmo , who have built an online tool to help you decide if an electric car is right for you. All you need do is answer some questions about your driving habits. They will then advise if you should do some extra research into your green driving journey.
What you need to know
Want to learn more about green driving?
Is now a good time to buy an electric car?
You may want to start driving in a more environmentally friendly way, but you might also want to wait before making an investment in an electric car. Will we see super batteries and futuristic charging points? Or are we already spoilt for choice with today’s advanced options?
How fast will battery technology evolve?
It’s almost impossible to discuss electric cars without mentioning new battery technology, but is it all hype or true potential worth waiting for?
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