Everything You Need To Know About Buying An Electric Car

Buying an electric car can be tricky, but don’t worry, at John Clark Motor Group we have you covered. Below we have created some Q&As on electric vehicle questions commonly asked by customers when they consider making the switch to the electric car life. Read our handy tips below and contact John Clark Motor Group for more information.

Electric Vehicle Q&A

Q. How far can a typical Electric Vehicle (EV) travel on a single charge?

A. It depends on the car but on average, Electric Vehicles can travel between 50 and 80 miles on a single charge.

Q. What’s the lifespan on an Electric Car battery?

A. It depends on the type of battery. Lithium-iron-phosphate batteries can last up to 10 years or longer.

Q. Why are electric vehicles so expensive?

A. Its partly because batteries are expensive. There is lots of funding programs available to ensure buying an electric vehicle is affordable.

Q. Are electric cars dependable?

A. Electric vehicles are just as reliable as petrol or diesel powered vehicles. In fact, electric vehicles have fewer moving parts than fuel powered engines.

Q. How much does it cost to run an electric car?

A. You can get from A to B for as little as 2 – pence per mile in an electric vehicle compared to approx. 12 – 15 pence per mile for a petrol or diesel car.

Q. How much does it cost to charge an EV?

A. Fully charge your electric car for between £2 and £4.

Q. Will I get financial assistance for installing a home charging point?

A. The government will supply funding towards the cost of buying and installing a home charge point.

Q. How many charging points are there in the UK?

A. As of January 2019, the UK currently have 8308 charging points installed and the government is installing on average 611 new charging points per day.

Q. Why did commercial electric cars disappear for Nearly 100 Years?

A. Did you know, the first electric car was built in the 1830s by Thomas Davenport. Petrol and diesel powered vehicles was cheaper to mass produce and wiped out electric cars for nearly 100 Years.

Q. Are electric cars really more environmentally friendly than petrol and diesel powered vehicles?

A. In general, the answer is yes. Electric vehicles need to be recharged and must draw that electricity from somewhere else. If the electricity comes from a coal-burning power plant, the electric vehicle is still part of a pollution cycle even though it doesn't emit greenhouse gases itself. Even so, it's easier to control emissions on a single point of origin - the power plant - than it is on a fleet of vehicles on the road.