Frequently Asked Questions

  • Electric – fully powered electric, can only be recharged by electricity

    Hybrid – powered by fuel and electricity, the electricity is only generated by regenerative energy through braking, due to this, a hybrid can only travel a limited distance on electricity.

    Plug-In Hybrid – powered through both fuel and electricity, a plug-in can be recharged like an electric vehicle and also refuelled at a petrol station. When a plug-in runs out of electricity, it will switch to using fuel resources. 

  • An electric vehicle is suitable for you if you cover no more than 250 miles a day and have access to a charging point at home or work. However, if you have access to a charging point on your route, you can go further!

  • Check out, it shows a live map of all the charging points nearest to your location.

  • To maximise your range while driving it is suggested that you:

    • Accelerate gently
    • Use regenerative braking, all EV's feature this, so every time you lift off the accelerator or push the brake, it will send energy back to the battery.
    • Watch your speed – the faster you go the more energy and power you will use
    • Turn off/down climate control and heating
    • Choose a route that will minimise your power requirement
    • Check your tires – under-inflated tyres will require more energy usage
    • Travel Light
  • It is actually safer to drive an electric vehicle rather than a petrol or diesel one, due to the fact batteries are in tough casings, compared to a fuel tank is often made in a thin metal or plastic casing.

    Depending on the make and model of the electric vehicle, most cars come with driver assistance systems such as; lane departure warning and cruise control.

  • kW – Kilowatt – refers to the maximum output of the electric vehicle, the higher this figure the more distance you will be able to travel.

    kWh - Kilowatt-hour - the amount of energy a 1,000-watt appliance uses in an hour, the higher the kWh rating of the battery, the greater the car’s range will be.

  • Electric car chargers generally fall into three types: slow, fast and rapid. They signify how quickly electricity is delivered to the batteries.

    Slow – 3kW (charging a 40kWh battery will take 13 hours)
    Fast – from 7kW to 22kW (a 22kW charger will top up a 40kWh battery in 2 hours)
    Rapid – from 43kW to 50 kW (a 50kW charger will top up a 40kWh battery in 1 hour 15 minutes)
    Ultra-fast / ultra-rapid – 150kW (charging a 40kWh battery will take 15 minutes)

  • No, manufacturers have already built-in battery management and monitoring systems, so you cannot overcharge or overheat your electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle. If you leave your vehicle charging overnight or during the day, once the battery is at 100%, the systems will stop charging.

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