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Frequently Asked Questions

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What's the lifespan of an electric car battery?
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The battery packs used in electric vehicles are designed to last the life of the vehicle.

The lifespan of an electric car battery depends on what type of battery the vehicle has. For example, lithium-iron-phosphate batteries can last up to 10 years or longer.

Some electric vehicles come with a generous battery warranty to give you peace of mind. Contact your local Greenhous for more information.
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How far can an electric vehicle travel on a single charge?
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The range of an electric vehicle varies from car to car. To find out the battery range of an electric vehicle, view the individual car pages on the site.

The range of the vehicles also depends on the conditions in which you are driving. Temperature and speed can affect your battery range as well as if you are using the battery for air conditioning etc.
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What can reduce the range of an electric vehicle?
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Running the heater or A/C will affect how far you can drive on a single charge. Some vehicles allow you to pre-heat or pre-cool your vehicle while it's charging and before you drive. This means that the power is coming from the mains and not the vehicle's battery.

Weather, hard acceleration and late braking can also affect the range of your electric vehicle.
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What is regenerative braking?
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Conventional braking wastes energy because it kills the momentum that the engine has built up. The process of Regenerative Braking takes this energy and stores it elsewhere. Instead of being lost as heat in the brakes, the energy is used to drive an alternator which allows the energy to be recovered and stored in a battery.

Every time you apply the brakes or coast, the electric motor acts as a generator so the engine automatically recovers some of this wasted energy and returns it to the battery.