Is an electric car for you?
Posted on 6th January 2018 at 16:09
The government has proposed a ban on all petrol and diesel cars by 2040 to encourage people to turn to electric vehicles. Have you ever considered an electric car?
Here are some things to think about:
• You can charge an electric car at home using a standard 13 amp three-pin plug and an Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) cable. Alternatively you can use a home charging point that has built-in safety features and will deliver faster charging.
• A home charging point is a compact weatherproof unit that you can mount in a garage or on a wall outside, near to where you park. It has a connected charging cable or a socket for a portable charging cable.
• An electric car charging points should be professionally installed. A certified charging provider will include the installation cost in the price of the unit.
• Grants are available towards the cost of installing a charging point from the Office for Low-Emission Vehicles (OLEV). You can find out if your choice of vehicle is eligible for a grant at www.gov.uk/plug-in-car-van-grants.
• A full charge can take between four and eight hours on average.
• The cost of running and electric car can be from 2p per mile, compared with 15p per mile for petrol or diesel cars.
• There are currently over 20 different car charger networks in the UK and, according to Zap Map, there are almost 5000 locations (27 December 2017).
• To use public charging points you will need to register and receive a dedicated swipe card for each network you would like to use, or you can pay a monthly subscription fee.
• Many businesses, hotels and service stations are also providing charging points.
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