Could your next car be 100% Electric?

Let us know after reading our Guide: 7 reasons to buy an Electric Car in 2019

Thinking about changing your car? Now could be the perfect time to make an even bigger change in the way you get around.

Inevitably, personal transport is evolving. Cars have relied on petrol or diesel Internal Combustion (IC) engines over the last century. The majority of cars still rely on these fossil fuels which create greenhouse gasses and pollute out towns and cities. Progress is being made all the time to reduce emissions through more efficient engines.

Hybrid cars which combine electric and IC engines are even more efficient, but it’s the 100% Electric Car or EV, which is lining up as the next generation of personal transport.

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What exactly is an Electric Car?

An Electric Car powers its wheels with an electric motor. Power comes from a battery which stores energy, having been charged up from an electricity supply, exactly like your smartphone.

EVs are increasingly popular and manufacturers are working hard to bring out new models to satisfy the growing demand. Honda has set a target of electric options on all of their cars by 2025.

But what are the advantages of New Electric Cars?

We’ve got some pretty convincing arguments that make EV cars a viable and considered choice of car in 2019.

Let’s get right to it

7 reasons to buy an electric car - High range mileage

#7 High range mileage

“Range Anxiety” is a phrase that you may have heard concerning Electric cars. This is where people worry about being restricted by limited battery levels.

Well, here’s where we’re at regarding modern EV range. The Renault Zoe has a range of about 250 miles, while the Kia e-Niro can cover over 280 miles (km) on one charge. That’s the same distance from London to Bristol. And back. With miles to spare.

So here’s a question for you. When did you last run out of petrol?

The answer is probably – hopefully, not recently, if ever.

Here’s another. Have you always got a full tank?

Probably not either.

So the point is this:

Say you had a Kia Sportage with a third of a tank of fuel. You probably wouldn’t be concerned when you set out on your everyday commute. That third of a tank will get you about 200 miles – that’s 80 miles less than the e-Niro.

Electric cars are no different than your current IC car. You have to fill up – or charge up in the case of EV. And there is an added advantage for charging Electric Cars. Simply plug it in at home and a full charge will be waiting for you in the morning. The petrol pump forecourt will be a thing of the past.

And talking of charging;

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#6 Easy fast charging

Nowadays, Electric Cars are very flexible when it comes to charging up. Even a domestic three-pin plug at home of at work will be able to charge up the battery. This is the slowest, with a 3-6kW rating, so it’s going to take a day at work or overnight to charge.

With a dedicated home charging installation, rated at 7kW or 22kW, you can benefit from Fast Charging. Typically a 40 kWh battery can be charged between 2-5 hours. Go to how do electric cars work section to find out about kWh.

And now with Rapid Charging and rated points of 50kW, you can get an 80% charge in less than an hour. Did you know there are over 20,000 EV charging points all across the UK? That’s more than double the number of petrol stations. You’ll never be far away if you’re short of power.

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#5 EV Great Range of Cars

As Electric Vehicles are the future for car makers, they’ve been putting a lot of effort into making their cars even more practical, fun and good looking. That’s good news for prospective buyers especially as old habits can be hard to change. Fortunately, there are some fantastic specifications of new Electric cars available.

Let’s take a look at three categories:

Micro EV

The Renault Twizy is an increasingly common sight in our cities. Sure, it might not have the refinement of bigger cars but it will get you from A to B with ease and in head-turning style. And with great manoeuvrability, parking couldn’t be easier. It can get up to 50 mph and has a handy range of 56 miles. Minimalist and undoubtedly très cool, the Twizy is a cutting edge micro EV in more ways than one.

Small electric cars

Hatchbacks make great EVs because of their smaller size. They require less battery power and a smaller electric motor to power the car. They are immensely practical around town and can do everything their petrol-powered cousins can and more.

Take the Renault Zoe. There’s a good reason why it’s the best selling electric car in Europe. You’ll get up to 250 miles on one charge. Reliable, practical and attractively designed, global sales are verging on 100,000 since its launch in 2013.

As a measure of quality and usability, just look at its trophy cabinet: Best Electric Car in the Carbuyer Best Car Awards 2017, and What Car? Electric Car of the Year under £30,000 in 2019. Read more about the Renault Zoe.

Released as a prototype, the Honda e is already making waves in the small electric cars class. The futuristic design is an indication that the future is now. This is a car of our times, featuring high quality recycled materials, natural effect and laid back ambience combined with ultra high tech innovation.

This is the car to be seen in early next year. Find out how you can reserve your Honda-e today at Brayleys.

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Electric SUV

Kia e-Niro

The SUV is the do-it-all car, blending practicality, usability and sporty looks. And the Kia e-Niro adds zero emissions and ultra low cost motoring into the package. Its 64kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack gives a superb range of up to 282 miles on one charge. It has won pretty much every car award there is to win, including, DrivingElectric’s Car of the Year 2019, What Car? Electric Car of the Year.

The e-Niro underlines its position as the best electric car and overall car of the year. There’s more than enough space for all the family, with a fantastic boot space. What’s more, you can benefit from Kia’s leading 7-year warranty, including the battery.

The only downside? You’ll have to wait a little while before it arrives. At Brayleys you can be one of the first on the road by registering your interest in the e-Niro.

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#4 driving experience

The first thing you’ll notice behind the wheel is that Electric Cars don’t have gear shifter. A frequent question is “do electric cars have gears?” and the answer is no – not that the driver operates in any case.

Take that good looking electric SUV the Kia e-Niro. Simply twist the central dial left for Reverse and right for Drive, press the accelerator and you’re off. The electronic parking brake releases automatically.

The comfortable driving position with excellent visibility makes driving a breeze. In and around town it’s a serene and calm experience. There is even a virtual motor sound designed to warn pedestrians of your presence. When you hit the open road there’s more than enough power for fast and smooth acceleration.

You can virtually drive the e-Niro with one pedal.

Instead of using the brakes, you can select different levels of recuperated energy when coasting or slowing down, thanks to the paddle behind the steering wheel. It’s an intuitive way of eco-driving.

How do electric cars work?

Under the floor of the car there is a series of batteries which store the energy. A sophisticated control unit manages the power thousands of times per second so the electric motor always has the right amount of energy from the battery.

An interactive touchscreen shows all the EV details you need, like the current charge, the remaining range and how much power you’re using.

Designers are freed from traditional engine and transmission constraints, and so the interiors are spacious and airy. Add to that the highest levels of build quality, innovation and standard equipment, driving is safe as well as easy and comfortable.

Why not get in touch with your local Brayleys dealership to try and electric car on the road by arranging a test drive. The future could be closer than you think.

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#3 Tax benefits and Government Grants

Buying and owning an EV bring some very tidy tax incentives and advantages.

As from April 1 2019, all electric vehicles under £40,000 are in band A, which means no road tax is payable.

You can also get a £3500 government grant for electric cars

EVs are congestion charge exemption too. Help London become a zero carbon city by 2050, and reduce pollution caused by exhaust fumes.

You can expect lower company car tax costs too. Contact our specialist Business Teams for details

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#2 Cheap Running Costs

It’s a good idea to get switched on about electricity.

But don’t worry. You’re not in for a physics lesson. Well, not a long one anyway.

When we talk about EVs we tend to use kW as a unit for electricity and kWh– for the battery.

A kW (Kilo Watt) is a unit of power. 1 kW is 1,000 watts. That’s about the power of an electric vacuum cleaner or a power drill.

A kWh (Kio watt hour) is the same unit of energy but at a constant rate over one hour. A 100-watt device, say like a television that’s on for 10 hours, will use 1kWh.

So the power of the battery, like the 64 kWh lithium-ion battery in the e-niro can theoretically produce 64,000 watts for one hour or 6,400 watts for 10 hours. And it’s that which gives the power to run the electric motor.

Getting back to the main advantage.

The average cost of charging up an electric car is around 35p per kW rapid charging point. It could be as low as 12p with off- peak cheaper electricity at home. You can easily get a dedicated home charging point installed when you buy a new electric car.

That means you could fully charge up your Renault Zoe with a 40kW battery for £4.80. If you drove 200 miles, that’s a price per mile of less than 3p per mile.

Compared to a Renault Clio 1.5-litre dCi 90 diesel with fuel economy of 57mpg and fuel cost of say, £1.32 per litre, the same 200 miles would cost you 18p per mile.

And so even with the cost of electricity to charge the battery, the cost per mile is significantly cheaper.

How many miles do you do every week?

How much could you save?

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#1 zero emissions motoring

And so to the best reason of all to buy an Electric Car in 2019 – zero emissions. In towns and cities, the fact that EVs don’t produce any emissions will help to reduce CO2 and other greenhouse gasses. In addition, fine particles coming out of car exhausts have been shown to be harmful to health. No exhaust no fumes - no pollution.

Today there is a greater percentage of electricity generated from renewable sources than ever. There’s no doubt that EVs are a big step in the right direction to lowering the environmental impact of our motoring.

Convinced?

We are. Get in touch with your local Brayleys dealership to make that change happen today. We’re here to help you all the way with expert advice and some great offers. Contact us today!

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