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Buyers guide to electric cars

Electric cars are now starting to become more mainstream but even then, making the switch from a petrol or diesel vehicle can seem daunting. More and more manufacturers are selling electric vehicles with the promise of cheaper, greener motoring. However, what do you need to think about if you are considering purchasing one?

Where can they be purchased?

As mentioned, all major car manufacturers are now selling electric vehicles and so, the best place to look is your local dealer. Not every dealer will have an electric vehicle in stock for you to look at but they will be able to point you in the direction of where you can go to test-drive one.

When it comes to selecting a dealer, you should consider things such as how you will have it serviced, where you will have it serviced and how far away support is, in relation to the range of the vehicle. Currently, electric vehicles do require servicing from specialists and that means that it is highly likely that the local mechanic you have used for many years, will no longer be able to service your vehicle.

Electric Car vs Petrol and Diesel

Petrol and Diesel vehicles require servicing and fuelling – they are two things that are always required. The same can be said for an electric car because it still needs to be charged but servicing will be carried out less frequently because there are less moving parts. The battery in an electric vehicle is costly and be expensive to replace, even as much as a conventional engine.


If you are opting for a fully electric vehicle then you will need to charge it regularly. How often you charge it is fully dependent on how far you travel daily as well as the range of your car. The supply you use to charge the car will determine how long it takes to chare bit on average, using a domestic charge at 240 volts on a 13 amp socket can take anything from 6 to 10 hours.

If you have opted for a vehicle with a High-Performance Charger, then you can charge the car to 80% full in as little as 45 minutes but these cars are few and far between. So, what you do need to consider is how far you will be driving daily, the range of your vehicle and how long charging takes. If you are a sales rep covering high miles, then an electric car probably isn’t the right choice for you, but if you are someone who covers short journeys then it could be ideal.

The Range

This is one of the characteristics of an electric vehicle that can really determine whether it is right for you. This is the distance it can travel between charges. The average distance is around 100 miles but the type of driving you do and even the weather can reduce this.

Warranty and Battery Life

Warranties on electric vehicles will usually cover the battery and the drive components. However, it is worth speaking with the dealer about what the warranty covers and for how long. On average, warranties range from 5 to 8 years for battery cover and drive components but it won’t cover wear and tear. As time goes on, the battery will hold less charge and so, it could need replacing.

Is an electric car the right choice for you? – Things to consider

It is important that you think about how you will access power to charge your vehicle and you might want to even consider whether you will need a second vehicle for long journeys. The length of your journey is a huge consideration and the majority of people will drive a daily distance that is less than the range and that means they will not run out of charge.

Electric vehicles are most definitely the car of the future but they have the benefits and they have their limitations. However, opting to purchase one will give you a new way of motoring as well as prepare you for what we are facing in the future.


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