The Ultimate Guide To Buying An Electric Car

03 May 2021

The Ultimate Guide To Buying An Electric Car

If you’re thinking about buying your first electric car, you’re bound to have questions. We’ve put together a comprehensive guide to answer every possible question that you may have about buying an electric car. Read on to discover everything you need to know about buying an electric car

Choosing an electric car

When it comes to choosing an electric car, there are lots of things to consider. In this section, we’ll talk you through the process of choosing the ideal electric car, whatever your personal circumstances.  How to choose an electric car When you’re consider which electric car to choose, there are many factors that you’ll need to weigh up. For example, are you looking for a spacious family car, the cheapest electric car, or for the electric car with the longest range? The top five electric cars on the market in 2021 include: 1.     Nissan Leaf 2.     Tesla Model 3 3.     Kia e-niro 4.     Peugeot e-208 5.     Audi e-tron The best thing to do is to visit a garage and get a feel of the options available. Once you’ve narrowed down your options, you can try test driving a few electric cars. It’s important to keep an open mind - you might surprise yourself!  How much do electric cars cost to buy? The price of electric cars depends on which make and model you choose to buy, as well as the spec of the car. The cost will also depend on whether you choose to buy new or used. The cheapest new electric cars in 2021 include the Smart EQ Fortwo EV which starts at £20,350 and the Skoda Citigo-e which comes in at a starting price of £20,400. For a use electric vehicle, you’d be looking at a starting price of around £5,000 depending on the age and model of the vehicle. The UK’s most popular electric vehicle is the Nissan Leaf which has a starting price of £25,995 when purchasing new, rising up to £32,445 for the high-spec e+ Tekna model.  Is there an electric car grant? In the UK, the government is currently offering a Plug-in Car Grant which offers up to a 35% reduction in the cost of buying a new low-emission vehicle, up to a maximum discount of £2,500. This grant is given directly to the dealership or manufacturer and should be included in the purchase price of your car. There is also a grant which pays up to 75% towards the cost of installing an electric vehicle chargepoint in your home. This grant is known as the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) and offers up to £350 off the cost of installing an electric charger at your home. Electric car or hybrid? There are three main types of electric and hybrid vehicles: full hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure electric. Full hybrid vehicles have an electric motor, a battery pack and a petrol or diesel engine. The car can be powered by the engine, the motor, or by both working together. The electric range of these cars is usually only one or two miles, but the motor’s batteries charge through a combination of the engine and regenerative braking. For this reason, some people refer to full hybrid vehicles as self-charging hybrids. Plug-in hybrid vehicles work in a similar way to full hybrid vehicles, but they have a larger battery which can be charged through mains power. This gives plug-in hybrid vehicles a larger electric range of around 30 miles. Many commuters can drive to and from work without using any fuel, giving plug-in hybrid vehicles a higher level of fuel economy. Electric vehicles run solely on electric. The range of an electric vehicle is far higher than a hybrid vehicle, with many manufacturers offering in excess of 250 miles depending on the battery size and weight of the car. However, there is no petrol or diesel engine as backup, so you are fully reliant on electric. The decision of whether to purchase a hybrid or electric vehicle will depend on your personal circumstances, including how you feel about emissions and how you use your vehicle.

Running an electric car

If you’re thinking about buying an electric car, you’re likely to have questions about running an electric vehicle. In this section, we’ll talk you through some of the basics when it comes to running an electric car. How much do electric cars cost to run? Just like traditional petrol or diesel vehicles, the cost of running your electric car will depend on the model that you choose and your style of driving. However, electric vehicles typically cost less than petrol or diesel cars over the course of ownership. It goes without saying that you won’t need to buy petrol or diesel to run your electric vehicle, but electricity is also considerably cheaper than other types of fuel. There are also various incentives such as the Plug-in Car Grant and the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme, as well as Vehicle Excise Duty discounts and exemption from Fuel Duty. You may even receive a discount or drive for free in the Congestion Charge zone with an electric vehicle. Are electric cars expensive to maintain? The good news is that electric cars typically require less maintenance than an internal combustion engine, making them cheaper to maintain. Electric vehicles have significantly less serviceable parts than a traditional vehicle. Think of a traditional vehicle which may contain an engine, radiator, fuel pumps, spark plugs, exhaust system, cooling systems and timing belt. An electric vehicle does not have any of these parts, so there is a lot less than can go wrong or need replacing over time. In fact, a recent study by Consumer Reports showed that maintenance costs were reduced by an average of 50% for electric vehicle owners. This is an impressive saving on maintenance which more then outweighs the slightly increase initial cost of purchase.  

Charging an electric car

Many people think that charging an electric vehicle takes a lot of time and will cause excessive inconvenience. In this section, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about charging an electric car. How long do electric cars take to charge? The charging time of an electric car varies depending on the type of charger that you use and the size of the battery. A home charge can usually fully replenish a battery in four to six hours. However, a rapid public charger can charge your battery from 20% up to 80% in just 45 minutes.   Many people are concerned that they may not be able to complete a long journey with an electric vehicle. However, many electric vehicles now have a range of over 250 miles. When was the last time you drove over 250 miles without stopping at the services for a break? Where can you charge an electric car We’ve already discussed the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme which offers up to £350 off the cost of installing an electric charger at your home. But what if you need to charge your electric car when you’re out and about? The number of electric car charging points in the UK is quickly increasing, with over 35,000 public charging points in more than 13,000 locations now available. Many supermarkets, service stations and shopping centres now have parking spaces dedicated to electric vehicles, with chargers. Many of these charging points are free of charge, although there may be restrictions such as a limited time or requiring a purchase in store, so look out for signs.

Sell your car for cash

If you’re thinking about trading in your traditional vehicle for an electric car, you might be wondering where is the best place to sell your car. At Any Colour Car, we offer a car buying service without the hassle. We will offer you a fair price for your car, without any haggling. We expect your used car to be used, so we won’t try and negotiate the price for any minor cosmetic damage either. If you’re ready to trade in your car to buy an electric ve


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