Range and reliability

Range

Range

One of the overwhelming concerns people have about electric vehicles is their range – or how far they can take you.

The fear is that your vehicle will suddenly run out of power before you reach your destination, leaving you stranded. It’s an understandable concern, but don’t let it put you off.

All of today’s pure electric cars can drive more than 100 miles on a single charge. In fact, some of the latest models run closer to 200 miles or more.

These numbers are continuing to increase as technology improves, with Tesla already announcing that the Long Range Battery version of their Model 3 will have a range of over 300 miles.

We travel much shorter distances than we actually realise, with the majority of car journeys in the UK less than 15 miles. That means you could do a number of trips and still be well within the range of all ultra-low emission vehicles.

For those times where you need to go that bit further, there are more than 17,000 charge points in the UK to help you.

Rapid chargers, available at 96% of motorway service stations, allow you to charge your car from 0 to 80% in just thirty minutes.

These numbers are only set to increase as more and more people make the switch to electric and the nation-wide charging network continues to expand.

Reliability

Despite the technology involved, pure electric vehicle engines are made up of just three main components; an on-board charger, inverter and motor.

Traditional engines, in comparison, have a number of different parts from the exhaust to gears, motors to radiators.

In the UK, the annual maintenance cost was about 10% lower than for petrol or diesel cars in 2015, the latest year analysed.

Software within the vehicle can also monitor the vehicle’s diagnostics and identify problems or notify the driver about certain parts that need to be checked according to the vehicle’s specifications.

And regular ‘over-the-air’ updates can introduce new features to the vehicle, such as with Tesla who were able to increase the acceleration speed through a software upgrade.

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