Whether you like them or not, there’s no denying that the electric car is here to stay! With so many more car manufacturers committing to producing electric vehicles within many of their popular ranges, it is little wonder that us car experts are often asked about the best place to start when it comes to purchasing one for the first time.
These are just a few basic tips to help you begin your search when you start looking at purchasing an electric car.
What Type of Electric Car Do You Want?
There are two types of what they call plug-in cars. One is an all-electric car which has a battery-driven electric motor, and the other is a PHEV, which is basically a plug-in hybrid, meaning the motor supplement and battery power are backed up by the combustion engine.
A totally electric car will have a reduced range when compared to a hybrid, but it is cheaper to run, requiring no other fuel than electricity.
Are You Able to Charge Your Electric Car at Home?
Many electric car owners will charge their vehicles from domestic sockets, the garage being the more preferred place. Not only is this a slow process, but it is also dangerous, particularly if your property is old.
If you intend on doing this, you need to ensure your electrical circuits, and wiring is checked by a professional beforehand.
You could look at installing a vehicle charging socket purely for this use. Several cars manufacturers provide such chargers which can be purchased alongside your electric car.
Are You Within Range of Electric Car Charging Points?
Not only will your electric car need to be charged at home but, more than likely, also when you are out and about. You can locate such points online and plan them as per your journey but bear in mind that the more rural of locations may not have any such points, so you’ll need to factor this into your decision when buying.
Would a Hybrid Be More Suited to Your Needs?
That said, if you do live out in the middle of nowhere, or a very rural area, a hybrid may be a wiser choice. This also applies if you intend to undertake much long-distance driving.
Hybrids are now considered some of the most efficient of cars when compared to pure petrol or diesel motors. A petrol or diesel hybrid will provide the necessary fuel injection when your car accelerates quickly and when it reaches a certain speed.
What is the Range of Your Intended Model?
The maximum range of electric cars varies greatly depending on the model type. This is the number of miles the car will do on a full charge before you need to stop and charge again.
The Tesla Model S boasts an impressive 270 miles maximum on a full charge, but the attached price tag reflects this. Nissan claims their Nissan Leaf has an average of 155 miles when on a full charge.
Another point to note is that sometimes this figure can fall short in reality, so it is worth doing a bit more research on this when you have an idea of the type of model you are looking for.
Do You Need Additional Space?
Unfortunately, boot space is often at a minimum with nearly all electric cars just because the batteries are usually kept in this space, and they are not small batteries! Hybrids also suffer from this lack of space.
If you require more boot space, you may want to physically check the sizing to see if it is suitable enough for your needs before buying.