Dispelling Electric car myths

BUSTED: The most common Electric vehicle myths

Myth: you can’t drive far in an electric car

Today, many electric cars are able to cover between 200 and 300 miles on a single charge.  The Kia e-Niro does up to an impressive 282 miles on a single charge.  The Renault Zoe up to 245 miles, the Nissan LEAF up to 239 miles and the Peugeot E-208 up to 217 miles on a single charge.

And when the charge does run low, the car gives you plenty of warning.  The sat nav in most electric cars will guide you to the nearest charging point.

Myth: There’s hardly any choice

The electric car market is rapidly expanding. Most of the main car manufacturers offer electric or hybrid vehicles with many more on the way.  At Griffin Mill, we offer a wide range of Electric, Self-charging and Hybrid vehicles.  There is currently a total of 22 models to choose from. 

Fiat will be launching in late 2020/early 2021 its first fully electric car with the New Fiat 500 La Prima.  Also, to be launched next year is Dacia’s first entry into the electric market with the Dacia Spring, a mini SUV. Coming in late 2021, is Nissan’s electric crossover, The Ariya, boasting up to an impressive 310-mile range.

Myth: There’s nowhere to charge electric vehicles

Most vehicles are charged at home or at the workplace, so the majority of electric car owners wake up or leave work without needing to charge on the road.  If you do need to charge on the road, there are now more than 30,000 UK charge points. To check where your nearest public charger is, you can check with services such as Zap Map.

Some public chargers are free, but some require payment. Different chargers can be run by different networks, and each will have slightly different ways of charging. But generally, it’s as simple as having an app on your phone and selecting the charger you wish to use.

Myth: They take too long to charge

The time it takes to charge an electric car can be as little as 30 minutes or more than 12 hours. This depends on the size of the battery and the speed of the charging point.

It's very rare that you need to charge an electric car from empty - the majority of the time you're just topping up. However, if you did want to charge from 0%, a 7kW home or workplace charger will charge a Kia e-Niro to full in around 10 hours. If you're on the road, a 100kW rapid charger will give you 80% charge in just 45 mins.

Myth: Electric cars are too expensive

Electric cars usually have a slightly higher P11D price, but this is offset by the plug-in car grant and considerably reduced running costs. EV’s have lower Service, Maintenance and Repair costs, cost significantly less to fuel and could save you thousands of pounds per year in BIK tax alone. What’s more, electric cars are proving to hold their value well, meaning you won’t lose out when it comes to selling.

When you look at Whole Life Costs, electric vehicles can cost considerably less than traditional cars.

Interested in finding out more? Contact our Team on 01443 842216 or 01443 824380.