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  • How far can they go?
    They are various types of test to quantify range -from 109 to ??? miles (NEDC test - not representative but used by some manufactures) -from 75 to ??? miles (EPA test - more representative of average range) -from ?? to ??? miles (?? test - more representative of electric vehicle range) The rule of thumb is minimum practical winter range is around 75% of NEDC range)
  • How fast do they go?
    Even affordable electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe can do 90 mph.
  • How much does it cost to charge the car?
    With off peak electricity at 7p/kwhr it costs ??p/mile (10p/mile) or £1.??/40 litres of petrol or £200/12kmiles (compared to £1,200/ for petrol at 35mpg)
  • Is the insurance more expensive?
    Not if you shop around.
  • How long will the batteries last?
    There are a number of factors. a) Shelf life - b) Mileage - But most manufacturers will guarantee that the capacity will not drop by more than 30% within 7 years
  • Is it better to lease or own the battery?
    It depends on a number of factors - your confidence in the battery, what age car you are buying and how long you intend to keep it. -If you are confident in the battery technology then it is probably not worth leasing the battery as it will affect the second hand value. -if you are not confident in the battery technology and you are buying a new car and are only keeping it a couple of years then it maybe worth leasing the battery.
  • I don't have the cash to purchase a new electric vehicle, what can I do?"
    There are a number of options to consider: a) Lease the car - the fuel savings will significantly offset the monthly lease costs b) Purchase a used vehicle - there are lots of Nissan Leafs and Renault Zoes on ebay c) Join a car club
  • Are any available second hand?
    Yes. There are lots of Nissan Leafs and Renault Zoes available second hand.
  • Can they be charged from solar panels only?
    Yes - but you will need a special charger that only use the excess available power from the solar panels (eg There are a couple of points that need to be considered a) The normal communication method between the charger and the car has a minimum charging current of 6A (ie 1.5kw for 240v system). Depending on the charger the minimum power can be reduced to 600w by using a 110v transformer. b) The practical savings that can be made ???
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