What is an EV?
- With no clutch or gears EVs can accelerate smoothly and quickly so they often feel like you’re driving a sports car.
- A fully electric car has fewer moving parts, so you’ll spend less on maintenance.
- They’re very cheap to run because you won’t use much – or any – petrol or diesel.
- Charge overnight at home – while you’re sleeping….
Battery electric vehicles (BEV’s) – the quiet ride
- No petrol, diesel or oil
- No exhaust
- No clutch or gears
- No spark plugs
- No roaring noise or vibrations
Plug your EV into your home power supply and it fully recharges overnight – enough for an average day’s driving in most models. If you’re on the motorway or climbing a lot of hills you’ll use up your battery faster, but travelling downhill or braking recharges it.
Just like a fuel gauge, your dashboard tells how much battery life there is, and even better, you’ll see how many kilometers you can travel. When you drive a fully electric car, you’ll have smooth acceleration, quiet travelling, low running costs – and zero emissions. You can enjoy your music and appreciate the scenery without any engine noise or smell to get in the way.
Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) – the best of both worlds
That’s where the PHEV comes in – a happy marriage of petrol and electricity lets you do your ordinary town driving using your electric motor, then when you’re on a long trip you have the extra range of a petrol car.
There are some disadvantages with PHEVs, compared with fully electric vehicles. Most of these are to do with running the petrol engines. Just like your existing petrol or diesel car, the petrol engine components will need more maintenance, will have engine noise, produce emissions and require the purchase of petrol.
Because they have a smaller battery than a fully electric car, you’ll generally have less battery range in a PHEV so you’ll rely more on fossil fuels for longer journeys. This means you only reduce your CO2 emissions by 80% for the time the car is running on the electric battery. However, you can recharge your car’s batteries at any power outlet, they still recharge when braking (regenerative braking), and town driving can be emission-free and quiet.