There’s So Many Ev’s Available Now, What Kind of Specification Would Suit Me?
What a great question, and a very important one too. This is a question that we are asked all the time so we're going to give you some tips to help you understand what you should be looking for. With so many options now available it can be a daunting space to dive into, so this will really help you through the jargon you've likely already seen online.
Regardless of what your ideal type of electric car is, I promise there are enough options on the market now that you'll end up with multiple cars which may work for you.
Right - let's get into it!
This is arguably the most important one, it determines how many miles the car will do on a single charge.
Have a think about the current use of your car, how many miles are you typically doing in a day? Do you have the same commute every day? Do you head to your parent's house once a week which is slightly longer? What would be the most miles you'd typically do without stopping for a break?
Example: You commute a round trip of 30 miles per day but once a week you go to the head office which is 80 miles one way. You might decide you haven't got time to stop on route so the car will need to be able to do that 80-mile trip at least, without stopping.
Once you have a rough idea, we can move on to the size of the battery will give you that range. EV batteries can be anything usually from 22kWh (kilowatt hours) to over 100kWh for the most premium models.
Here's a very rough 'real world' guide:
- 22kWh - Up to 80 miles
- 40kWh - Up to 170 miles
- 50kWh - Up to 200 miles
- 100kWh - Up to 400 miles
It's important to note that the mileage that the manufacturers claim the car can do is a marketing tool. There's a thing called 'real world EV range' which will give you a closer prediction of the car's real-life capabilities. Simply google 'Peugeot e208 real-world EV range' for example.
What Is the Car Being Purchased For?
Are you planning on swapping your 'round town' car which is used for the school run and the weekly shop, for an electric equivalent? Or are you planning on swapping your long-distance diesel SUV for an electric version?
Working out what you love about your current car will help plan for the spec of your next one;
- Do you want heated seats for cold winter mornings? Some EVs come with 5 heated seats instead of just the front two, but is that actually worth using battery power for? A luxury that you may not need to spend on?
- Do you love the reverse camera in your current car and want one on your next car? Not all cars come with these as standard so be sure to check the spec list. Even if you're planning to spend £20k believe it or not!
- Do you have a pushchair and a dog that need to fit into the boot? - Maybe your style of car will be an SUV rather than a hatchback for example.
Do You Have a Driveway Which Power Can Be Ran To?
Firstly, if you don't have a driveway, make sure to read our other blog which may help you - here!
If you do, then know that all EVs on the market can charge from a normal 3-pin socket, so if you have a garage or an outside wall of your house nearby on which a socket could be mounted, you can charge from home. Please bear in mind that from a house socket, you can expect to charge at 2kW per hour, which may take a long time if you opt for a 50kWh car. (25 hours).
To achieve over three times that charge speed, you'll need a dedicated home charger, which thanks to 'waEV' is now very simple and cost-effective. wave can install your home charger within 14 days and provide you with 3 years warranty! They also boast about their nationwide coverage, quite rightly so too!
95% of installs fall within their standard price of £899. If you'd like to discuss your options for home charging then simply get in touch and let us explain the next steps.
The savings made on a car which is even just 1 year old compared to brand new, are incredible. If you are 100% wanting a brand new car off the main dealer forecourt, then we would still congratulate you for making the move to electric and doing your bit for the planet obviously.
However, you can save a fortune by purchasing a second-hand electric car whilst benefitting from the same main dealer warranty.
Let's say you've decided on a small EV, a hatchback, with a 150-mile range from a single charge, with heated front seats, a reversing camera, sat nav, 1 hour complete recharge time, very low mileage and at least 5 years of main dealer warranty left.....has landed you on wanting a Peugeot e-208 for example.
Brand New Price From Peugeot - Basic Spec Starts From £31,345.00
3-Year-Old Model, With 5 Years Warranty Left - £19,975.00
The savings are incredible! That price of £19,975, if purchased through almost every car dealer including ourselves at Forecourt-E comes with finance options, part exchange options, help with your home charger install, free UK delivery...the list goes on! The gap between new and second-hand is such a jump that I sometimes struggle to see why people would opt for a brand-new vehicle that loses thousands in depreciation by just driving it home that day!
If you have up to £10,000 to spend, for example, you have multiple options too, it just comes down to research. To make it even easier for you, why not pick up the phone with us, we'll save you hours of research online.
When looking for your first EV, make sure you check the charging capabilities of each model.
Some may be 22kW per hour. Some are up to 100kW per hour.
Based on the size of the battery and the charging capabilities of the car, you can work out how long it will take to charge your car whilst out and about.
You might choose that a Renault Zoe with a 40kWh battery is perfect for you based on the range it can cover - they charge at 22kW per hour so a couple of hours roughly for easy maths.
The slightly newer Renault Zoe which has a 50kWh battery can charge at 50kW per hour. Which is half the time of the other, but more expensive to purchase; so it really does come right back to the start where you work out what your needs for the car are.
Hopefully, that will open your eyes to the different specs which should be considered. Should you have any questions at all just reach out. We're here to make your entry into the EV world as smooth and stress-free as possible, so let us do exactly that :)