Electric Vehicle (EV) FAQs

Looking for EV advice? Here you will find all you need to know about Electric Vehicles and Electric Vehicle Charging Points.

Why are electric cars cheaper to maintain?

Electric cars are cheaper to maintain, no oil to change, no gaskets to replace, etc. Electric vehicles are generally more reliable if only because of the fewer moving parts. It means much lower maintenance costs.

Can you over charge an Electric Vehicle?

Manufacturers have already built in precautions so you cannot overcharge, over-discharge, or over heat your electric vehicle.

How much is installation?

The standard installation charge for an Electric Vehicle Charging station with Mega EV is £425.

Can you save money?

Yes, although electric cars are more expensive to buy than traditional cars, they can help you save money in the long term for the following reason:

  • Petrol costs
  • Road Tax
  • Congestion Chargers

Do electric cars break down less?

Since an electric motor is able to slow itself down, the use of brake pedals is reduced and brake pads and rotors last longer.

Are electric cars more reliable?

EV’s are cheap to run and they should be more reliable too as they’re much simpler then conventional cars.

Do I have to pay congestion chargers?

If you drive an electric car in London, you don’t have to worry about paying congestion charges because electric vehicles are exempt.

How much will it cost to charge my EV at home?

The average cost of charging an electric car at home is just £4 for 100 miles of charge – and you can use the Electric Highway charging points for 30p per kWh.

Do you still have to pay Road Tax if your car is Electric?

You still need to register your EV for road text, but you won’t have to pay anything because EVs don’t give off any exhaust emissions.

What is an EV?

An electric vehicle runs on completely electricity. EV’s have a electric motor so there is no engine, which means it does not require petrol or diesel. With them running on electric you are able to charge at home or at an electric car charging point.

How long does it take to charge an electric car?

This will depend on the size of your battery and the charger you use.

  • Slow chargers (up to 3Kw) Best for over night charging as these can take typically between six to 12 hours.
  • Fast chargers (7Kw to 22Kw) Usually take between three to four hours to charge.
  • Rapid Chargers (43Kw to 50Kw) These can charge an EV to 80%  in around 30 minutes.

What’s the range of an EV?

Most new EV’s have a range of around 130 miles, although some can go up to 300 miles on one charge. As EV technology advances this will only improve.

What is the battery life on EV?

The battery life of an EV will vary depending on the make and model of the vehicle. Most manufacturers offer an eight year or 100,000 mile warranty for their EV batteries.

Can I charge my EV at home?

Charging your EV at home is convenient and cost effective, you can just plug it in and leave it to charge overnight. You’ll need to install a wall unit charge point, but you can get a government grant to help with the installation cost.

Where to charge an EV

You can charge your EV easily at home or at any public electric charging points

What is a plug-in hybrid vehicle?

A plug-in hybrid vehicle, or PHEV, works by combining a traditional petrol or diesel engine with an electric motor. This means that PHEVs can be plugged in and charged from mains power, just like EVs – but they’ll need petrol or diesel to run for long distances.

Are EV’s better for the enviroment?

EVs have far lower carbon emissions than traditional petrol and diesel engines, which means they’re better for the environment. But they can even be zero emission if they’re powered by 100% green electricity.

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEVs) have lower carbon emissions than traditional combustion engines, but they’re not as green as Evs.

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