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Electric Cars

The future is electric. More people than ever are deciding to purchase electric vehicles thanks to faster performance; more options to suit all budgets; because of environmental concerns as battery electric cars can provide cleaner and healthier air and help to combat climate change and they're a quieter alternative to petrol and diesel vehicles.

Are you thinking of getting an electric vehicle? Switching to a car that is powered by alternate energy doesn’t have to be daunting. On this page we have tried to provide you with everything you need for alternative fuel cars.

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What is an electric car?

Electric cars are powered by a battery and an electric motor instead of a traditional internal combustion engine that uses petrol or diesel. These are sometimes referred to as EVs (Electric Vehicles) or BEVs (Battery Electric Vehicles) these are umbrella terms that refer to all vehicles that are powered by electricity.
You won’t need to refuel an electric car, as you simply recharge the battery instead, by plugging into a charger at home or at a public charging station. Find out more about Electric Car Charging.

What are the different types of electric cars?

There are three main types of electric vehicle:

  • Fully-Electric – With fully-electric vehicles, the source of power comes solely from a rechargeable battery, and they don’t have petrol or diesel engines.

  • Traditional Hybrids – These use a petrol or diesel engine alongside an electric motor and battery. They don’t need to be plugged into an external power source to recharge - the battery recharges itself as you drive, using the energy created from the car’s brakes and engine.

  • Plug-In Hybrids – These are similar to traditional hybrids, as they use a petrol or diesel engine alongside an electric battery. However, these regularly need to be plugged into an external power source to top the battery up.

What’s the difference between electric cars and petrol and diesel cars?

The mechanics of an electric car are quite different to a conventional car.

Petrol and diesel cars powertrains have an internal combustion engine, fuel tank and transmission, their power on the road comes from a multi-speed transmission of some description. Their efficiency is measured in the number of miles covered with a gallon of liquid fuel burned in the engine.

Electric cars have an electric powertrain that is made from an electric motor, battery, control system and transmission. An electric motor is powered from a single-speed transmission and their efficiency is calculated by the number of miles covered in a kilowatt hour (kWh) powered by the battery pack.

Are all electric cars automatic?

Yes, all electric cars are automatic. As most electric cars motors don’t require a multi-speed gearbox unlike petrol or diesel engines.

Are electric cars better for the environment?

When it comes to local air quality, electric cars are better because they create no polluting exhaust fumes. It is also expected that electric cars overall environmental impact will be less than petrol or diesel cars.

When will all cars be electric?

From 2030, in the UK, all new cars that are sold will have to be electrified, this includes hybrid cars that have petrol or diesel engines as well as fully electric cars.
By 2035 the current government plans are that all new car models will be fully electric.
Used petrol and diesel cars can still continue to be sold and driven for years after 2035. 

Electric Car Types

1

BEV - Battery Electric Vehicle

A battery electric car, also known as an all-electric car or simply an electric car, is a vehicle that runs solely on electricity from batteries and does not have an internal combustion engine.

2

HEV - Hybrid Electric Cars

A hybrid electric car is a type of vehicle that combines a conventional internal combustion engine with an electric motor and a rechargeable battery.

3

PHEV - Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles

A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle is a type of hybrid electric car that can be charged through a plug, just like a pure electric car.

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Electric Car Choices

The range of electric cars has been improving over time for many reasons. Please see below for more information.
1

Battery technology advancements

The development of larger and more energy-dense batteries has allowed electric cars to travel farther on a single charge.

2

Vehicle Aerodynamics

Manufacturers have been improving the aerodynamics of their vehicles to reduce wind resistance and increase range.

3

Energy Regeneration Systems

Many electric cars now use regenerative braking systems that capture energy normally lost during braking and use it to recharge the battery. This helps to extend the range of the vehicle.

4

Software Improvements

Improvements in vehicle software, such as advanced navigation systems that predict energy usage and route planning, have also helped to increase the range of electric cars.

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EV Glossary

If you're new to the world of EVs, we've broken down some of the most comment EV terms that you'll need to know.

EV – Electric Vehicle. Any vehicle that is powered by an electric motor.

HEV - Hybrid Electric Vehicle. HEVs use both battery power and fuel, making them more fuel-efficient than traditional vehicles.

kWh – “Kilowatt-Hour” is a unit of energy used to measure electric car battery capacity.

kW– “Kilowatt”, referring to the output speed of EV chargers and the power of an electric motor.

Tethered & Untethered– refers to two different types of chargers. The difference between tethered and untethered EV chargers is that tethered have a fixed cable that can’t be removed, whereas untethered chargers have a detachable cable.

Miles per KWh – This tells you how many miles your EV will go on 1 unit of electricity, and therefore how efficient it is.

Range – This is how far your EV can travel on a fully-charged battery.

Pre-Conditioning – Either pre heats or pre cools your car’s cabin while charging. This helps to preserve your range, as it saves you from using the main battery to bring the cabin up to temperature.

Start of Charge – Represents your vehicle’s current battery level as a percentage.

Smart Charging and Tariffs – These Allow you to charge your EV when energy is at its cheapest. Smart tariffs are often optimised based on time of day, electricity prices, and your EV battery percentage. Smart Charging only works with compatible smart chargers which use algorithms to optimise charging based on these factors. All you need to do is set your preferences on your phone, and the smart charger will schedule charging based on these.

Regenerative Braking – A mechanism within EVs that collects energy from the vehicle slowing down, which is then returned to the car’s battery as electricity.

Torque – Often referred to as ‘pulling power’, torque refers to how much power a motor can produce. Greater torque means greater power to the wheels, resulting in greater acceleration and an easier time climbing up steep ascents.

PHEV – Plug-In Hybrid. Like a HEV, these run on both battery power and fuel, but PHEVs plug into an external power source to charge up. Some PHEVs can drive purely on electric for short journeys, too.

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