How fast do they go?
Even affordable electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe can do 90 mph.
Is the insurance more expensive?
Not if you shop around.
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)
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
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)
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 https://myenergi.uk/product/zappi)
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 ???