We Answer the Top Ten Questions Being Asked About Electric Cars Today!

The electric car experts at Forecourt-E are here to help answer your questions about moving to electric! Here are some of the questions we get asked the most by people doing electric car research and when heading to our forecourt.

What is the cost of an electric car in the UK?

The cost of an electric car in the UK varies depending on the make and model, ranging from approximately £25,000 to over £100,000 for brand new. The second-hand market offers many more affordable options and a used EV can cost as little as £5,000. Factors such as battery size, range, and features will all impact the overall cost, with battery size being one of the largest factors.

How far can an electric car go on a single charge?

The range of an electric car depends on the make and model but typically varies from 100-300 miles on a single charge. More so than the average fuel car, the range is affected by driving conditions such as terrain, speed, and weather. The temperature has a huge effect on the overall range and can reduce it by as much as around 40%. However - one of the most successful countries in the move to electric cars is Norway which sees temperatures far lower than the UK, so it is clearly manageable providing you buy the right vehicle.

How long does it take to charge an electric car?

The time it takes to charge an electric car depends on the charging method used. Using a rapid charger, it can take as little as 30 minutes to charge up to 80% capacity, while a home charger can take anywhere from 4-12 hours to fully charge the car. Some public chargers may take longer to charge the car, depending on the charging speed and availability.

Can I charge an electric car at home?

Yes, you can charge an electric car at home by installing a home charging station. The cost of charging at home can vary depending on the electricity tariff and charging habits. The upfront cost of installing a home charging station will normally be soon offset by the cost savings of charging at home compared to in public. If you cannot charge at home but can charge at work this may work for you!

What incentives are available for buying an electric car in the UK?

Sadly the government has removed the larger incentives which were applicable for buying an electric car in the UK. However, electric cars still have an exemption from vehicle tax and reduced rates for company car tax. Some local authorities also offer free or discounted parking and charging for electric vehicles. Check out the website of your local council for more information on this.

What is the lifespan of an electric car battery?

The lifespan of an electric car battery depends on the make and model and is far exceeding the expectations of many people, including car manufacturers. With proper care and maintenance, some batteries have lasted up to 20 years. A recent study in the US determined that a Nissan Leaf battery should last on average for 22 years. It should be noted that battery degradation over time is a natural process and the rate of degradation can be affected by factors such as temperature, charging habits, and battery management systems.

Do electric cars require regular maintenance?

Yes, electric cars require regular maintenance but typically require less maintenance than traditional petrol or diesel cars. Maintenance may include checking and replacing brake pads, changing cabin air filters, and replacing tyres. A main dealer service of an electric car is normally far cheaper than an equivalent petrol or diesel car.

What is the resale value of an electric car in the UK?

The resale value of an electric car in the UK varies depending on the make and model, but they typically have a higher resale value than traditional petrol or diesel cars. This is due to factors such as lower running costs, better environmental credentials, and increasing demand for electric vehicles. The battery component of the car is the most expensive single part of the car and contributes to the equivalent petrol or diesel car being cheaper to buy. These extra costs are normally offset soon into ownership by the savings on fuel.

Can I use public charging stations to charge my electric car in the UK?

Yes, you can use public charging stations to charge your electric car in the UK. There are currently over 25,000 public charging points available throughout the UK, with varying charging speeds and payment methods. Some charging networks also offer subscription plans for frequent users, which can reduce the amount paid. All new charge points now being installed must accept contactless card payments without the user having a customer account with the provider. This makes it super easy to charge your car when on the road.

How do I find public charging stations in the UK?

You can find public charging stations in the UK using several mobile apps, including Zap-Map, PlugShare, and A Better Route Planner. Check out our other blog post on how to use Zap-Map! Most electric cars also have built-in sat nav with charger locations built in. Ensure yours is up to date so you can find the nearest charger.

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