Electric Car Leasing – FAQs
How Far Can An Electric Car Travel On One Charge?
All electric cars are different and how far you can travel on one full charge will depend on a variety of factors, including which manufacturer and model you are driving. All electric vehicles will state an anticipated range that the vehicle will be able to travel on a full battery and they will also display a real-time indicator based on the current driving conditions.
There are multiple other factors which may affect the range of an electric vehicle. For example, weather conditions, battery performance and whether you are using the heating or air-con. Generally, most electric cars can travel over 100 miles on a single charge, however some of the higher-end Tesla's are able to travel over to 300 miles. When looking for electric vehicles throughout our website look for the 'NEDC Maximum EV Range Miles' value in the Tech Spec, this will give you an indication to the maximum range of the vehicle.
How Much Does It Cost To Charge An Electric Car?
The cost of charging an electric car varies depending on whereabouts you are charging it. Often at public locations, such as supermarkets, it is free. According to Pod Point, for a typical electric car with a 60kWh battery and 200 mile range, Charging at home: Costs about £8.40 for a full charge. Rapid charging typically costs about £6.50 for 30 minutes (100 mile charge).
Do I Need A Special Charging Point To Charge My Electric Car At Home?
No, when charging your electric vehicle at home there are two main options. Firstly, you can plug it into a standard UK three-pin socket or you can have a special home fast-charging point installed.The advantage of having a dedicated home charging point installed means you will be able to charge your electric vehicle at a faster rate. Dedicated home charging points are also compact, weatherproof and can be mounted to an external wall making charging your vehicle easier and more convenient. If you do opt to have a dedicated charging point installed, make sure it is carried out by a qualified installer.
Will I be able to find a station that has my plug on it?
In the UK, there are currently over 15,000 EV charging points available and this number continues to rise as more are being installed. Apps such as Zap Map can be downloaded and used to find EV charging stations near you. Zap Map also has a route plan so you can plan for longer electric journeys. These apps are helping to make EV charging easier and more accessible to drivers.
How fast could I charge my electric vehicle?
This varies depending on the car’s battery size as well as the charging point’s speed. According to Pod Point, a typical electric car (60kWh battery) takes around 8 hours to charge from empty-to-full using a 7kW charging point. However, with many electric cars, you can add up to 100 miles of range in around 35 minutes by using a 50kW rapid charger.
Are Electric Vehicles Safe?
All vehicles in the UK have to conform to strict safety regulations and electric vehicles are no exception. In fact, electric vehicles will also have to meet certain standards which cover the safety of their battery and charging cables. Therefore, electric vehicles are as safe as conventional vehicles.
Can I charge an electric car in the rain?
Despite popular conception that water and electricity don’t mix, this isn’t the case with electric vehicles. This is because charging plugs and electric vehicles have been designed with multiple layers of protection built in. This means it is safe to charge and drive electric vehicles in the rain, even if you drive through a large puddle of water.
Electric car battery life?
Some potential customers of EVs may be concerned about the car’s battery life, however there’s no need to worry. Many car makers have considered this factor and offer warranties on five to eight years on their EV batteries. However, EV batteries have been designed for extended life and therefore are predicted to last much longer than this.
Electric car insurance
Insuring an electric car is as easy as insuring conventional vehicles. Many insurers now offer insurance policies for electric vehicles and so it should be easy to find a policy which suits your requirements. However, electric car insurance does tend to be slightly more expensive then for conventional cars as they often require specialist parts which are expensive. This is why it’s a good idea to compare policies instead of going for the first one you find.
Is it expensive to service an electric car?
Typically, the cost for servicing and maintaining an electric car will be lower than the cost for servicing and maintaining a petrol or diesel car. This is generally because electric vehicles have fewer moving parts. There's also no oil to change, no gaskets to replace and no valves to clog up.
Road Tax on Electric Cars
Road tax, officially called Vehicle Excise Duty (VED), is determined by the CO2 tailpipe emissions of your vehicle, which year it was registered in and the list vehicle price. Click here to read useful information by Pod Point about road tax on electric cars. Note: You still must tax your car each year, even if it is exempt!