An electric car is a vehicle that is powered solely by electricity. From the outside, you would have virtually no idea that a car is electric. When you drive an electric car one of the only things that reminds you that it's 100% electric is the nearly silent cabin. Electric cars use an on-board battery to store electrical energy, which is recharged by connecting it to an electricity supply. When required, energy is drawn from the electric-cells and converted to motive power by the use of one or more electric motors.
There are many benefits to owning an electric vehicle.
The running costs can be significantly lower than their petrol or diesel counterparts and all of our electric vehicles are exempt from road tax. Meaning you're saving money as well as emissions. Electric vehicle drivers are also exempt from Company Car Tax and the London Congestion Charge.
Electric vehicles can be charged overnight using a approved Home Charging Unit. You can recharge your electric vehicle battery overnight which means you no longer need to visit a fuel station.
Electric vehicles produce zero tailpipe emissions making them the most environmentally-friendly vehicles on the road. With instant torque and no engine noise, you can drive in a near silent cabin.
The engine in hybrid vehicles has been built to be very fuel efficient. When a hybrid vehicle stops at a traffic light, the engine will automatically turn off and restart whenever the vehicle is put into gear. When you start off again the electric motor kicks in for quick acceleration.
The batteries of the electric motor recharge themselves by utilizing the kinetic energy generated during braking. The engine doesn't need any more maintenance than in any other car.
A plug-in hybrid can be plugged into an electric outlet to recharge the batteries, as well as being charged on the move.
Electric vehicles are solely powered by an electric motor and require no fuel. They have no tailpipe and emit no emissions whilst driving.
Hybrid vehicles run on a combination of an internal combustion engine and electric motor.
Electric Vehicles can be charged at home or at a public charging station. You simply plug your vehicle into the charge point using the cable provided with the vehicle, or in some cases the tethered cable attached to the Home Charging Unit.
Charging at your home is the easiest and most convenient way of charging your vehicle. Most people drive less than 50 miles a day which is in the range of most electric vehicles. Facilities are available around Shropshire which you can use to help top up your battery while you're out.
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.
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.
Driving an electric vehicle is most comparable to driving an automatic vehicle that has a exceptionally quiet cabin and very rapid acceleration.
Overnight is the best time to charge because it's cooler and some battery types prefer not to be charged in the heat of the day. You are also less likely to use the vehicle and some batteries work best when fully charged rather than disturbing in the middle of a charge.
You can get a grant towards the cost of each new electric (plug-in) car or van you buy, if it meets certain conditions. Grants are available for:
• 25% off the cost of a car, up to a maximum of £5,000
• 20% off the cost of a van up to a maximum of £8,000
The ‘cost’ is the full purchase price you pay for the basic vehicle - including number plates, vehicle excise duty and VAT. It doesn’t include any optional extras, e.g. delivery charges or first registration fee.
Your new vehicle is likely to be eligible if it is one of the following:
• Electric vehicles (EVs) – these run completely on batteries and are plugged into the mains to be recharged
• Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) – these use a petrol or diesel engine combined with a battery that plugs into the mains.
• Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and other technologies.
Cars from Greenhous that are eligible for the grant:
• Nissan LEAF
Vans from Greenhous that are eligible for the grant:
• Nissan E-NV200
The amount of your grant will be automatically deducted from the price of your car or van when you buy it. Greenhous will complete the paperwork, so there are no application forms for you to fill in, but you may be asked to complete a short questionnaire.
An electric vehicle will approximately cost 2-4 pence per mile . diesel and petrol and cars that are similar can cost up to 10 times that.
Electric vehicle drivers are also exempt from road tax, company car tax and the London Congestion Charge.
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.
Rather than filling up at a petrol station, it is expected that the majority of electric vehicle charging will take place at home overnight. Also, electric vehicles have far fewer moving parts compared to an internal combustion engine, which reduces the likelihood of unscheduled maintenance.
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.
Yes, all electric vehicles must meet the same precise safety standards as conventional vehicles. Manufacturers have spent years developing the new technologies that make these vehicles possible.