Why we care about the transition to electric vehicles
How long does it take to charge an electric car? And will my electricity bill go up?
There are still concerns around how charging a car will work in practice, especially for those living in dense urban areas. One LinkedIn user asked: “I live in a terrace house and charging is a big concern which really needs to be addressed. How will flats and terrace streets charge their cars?”
There are a few ways to charge an electric car, and how long they all take exactly depends on the size of the car’s battery. To charge your car at home, you’ll need a charging station fitted (it’s much quicker and safer than plugging in to your regular electricity supply, although you can do this too). A 3kW unit will typically take around 8-12 hours to fully charge an electric car, while a 7kW unit will take 4-8 hours.
If you’re out and about, you can plug into a public charging station. Many of these are rapid chargers that can get your power levels up in around 20-40 minutes.
The cost of charging an electric car depends on your electricity supplier, the vehicle you’re charging and when you do it. Unit costs are usually lower in the evening and night time, so it’s best to do your charging then. You might also want to consider switching to a renewable energy supplier to make running your car as green as possible. Some companies offer specific EV tariffs.
Public charging units usually require you to have a subscription to use them, but pay-as-you-go stations are available. Some supermarkets and public car parks offer free charging, as do lots of work places. Whatever you pay will almost always work out cheaper than petrol or diesel. Apps, such as Zap-Map and PlugShare, can help you find which chargers are local to you, how much they charge and how to pay.
There are new EVs being launched all the time, such as Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6, Peugeot e2008 and Ford Mustang Mach-e, with the Tesla Model Y coming out in the UK later this year.
There are also a few seven-seater models for families needing that extra space such as the Tesla Model X or Nissan eNV-200 (which is a van but can be bought as a people carrier version), or again, the Tesla Model Y will have a 7-seat option when it comes out.
If it's luggage space that's your motivation, don't forget that most EVs have more space inside than equivalent sized petrol cars. Some even have a "frunk" (front boot) where the engine normally is, and quite often you get a lot deeper boot because there's no rear differential, and there's more passenger space inside because there's no transmission tunnel through the middle of the cabin, so what you think is a 'smaller' car might be just right for you anyhow.
"We need the government, the energy and the motor industries to all work together to ensure that we have the confidence of the public as we make the transition to electric vehicles."
“No barrier here, very happy with my e-Tron and wish I’d got one sooner.”
“I have an all-electric car and it's fabulous. It's very quick… My next car is all-electric again, as once you have driven one you won't go back. It's a different drive, I love it!”
“We already own 3 Electric Vehicles for local driving - the acceleration great for such a small car.”
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Andrew Asaam | 18 Feb 2022