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Electric Vehicles

What is the difference between an electric vehicle and a plug-in hybrid?

There are two types of plug-in electric vehicles, battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Battery electric vehicle are fully powered by an on-board battery. The battery is charged from an electric vehicle charge point and there are no tailpipe emissions. If charged with rene...

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How far can an electric vehicle travel on a single charge?

A range of over 100 miles is standard, with the range of an electric vehicle depending on battery size, make and model. Battery capacity is increasing in newer models with some able to drive 200-300 miles on a single charge, for example a Hyundai Kona. Battery and electric vehicle technology will co...

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Is there any funding available for installing home charge points?

The OZEV (Office For Zero Emission Vehicles) grant is a government grant for electric vehicles. It provides £350 off the cost of purchasing and installing a home charge point with a typical home charger costing £550 after the grant is applied. The installer will apply for the grant on your behalf so...

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How long does it take to charge an electric car?

The length of time it takes to charge an electric car depends on the power of the charger and the size of the battery. As a guide, the table below shows charging times for different chargers:

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Can I charge my electric vehicle at home?

To charge your electric vehicle at home you should have an electric vehicle charge point installed by a professional electrician. This will be installed in a place convenient for charging your car when parked.

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What is the difference between slow, fast and rapid charger?

Slow electric vehicle chargers are single phase 3.7kW (16A) chargers. These are normally installed as home EV charge points. Almost all home charger installations will be single phase and you will have a choice of either a 3.7kW or 7kW EV charger installed. Fast EV chargers are rated at 7kW, 11kW or...

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What factors reduce the range of an electric vehicle?

The range of an EV is reduced by type of terrain, outside and inside temperature, driving speed, driving style, total weight of the vehicle, and the type of EV you’re driving.

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Do electric vehicles need charged every day?

Most of the latest EV’s can travel up to 200 miles or more on a single charge. Depending on what EV you are driving, your daily commute, and the time of year, you will be able to top up your EV range a couple of time a week, or more often in the winter and if you have a long commute.

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Whats the lifespan of an electric car battery?

Charging an electric vehicle battery and then discharging it is known as a cycle, and as the number of cycles increases this causes the battery to degrade. Fortunately, many EV manufacturers offer warranties of eight years/100,000 miles on electric car batteries. They have systems to protect and ext...

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