Recent news has suggested a proposed ban on petrol and diesel cars by the year 2030. Hence, the electric cars revolution is in full force.
However, to run electric cars, the car needs to be charged. Charging points are popping up across the country. There are more charging locations than petrol stations these days.
In recent weeks, the government have announced plans for all new build homes to come with an EV charging point too.
What Are The Advantages Of Electric Cars?
- Lower running costs
- Smoother to drive
- Quieter – so reduced noise pollution
- Low carbon emissions – so cleaner environment
- No congestion charges
Electric cars have a better impact on the environment and don’t emit any exhaust gases. In some major cities and towns, there are congestion charges through the introduction of Clean Air Zones. An electric car is exempt from the charges.
EV’s are cheaper to run, cheaper to service and maintain, and often do not need taxing. Moreover, they have better handling, comfort and safety than most petrol or diesel cars and are more responsive to acceleration and braking.
How Long Does It Take To Charge An Electric Car?
Charging an electric car can take from 30 minutes to 10 hours. How long it takes depends on the battery size, the miles that the car usually does between charges, and the power rating of the charger.
A slow charger is usually around 3 kilowatts and is used to charge the vehicle overnight at home or work. It can take from 8 to 10 hours to fully charge.
A fast charger is 7 kilowatts or 22. These are located at car parks and supermarkets and can take 3 to 4 hours to fully charge a vehicle.
Rapid chargers are 43 kilowatts and are often located at service stations or petrol stations. These can take as little as 30 minutes to fully charge but aren’t compatible with all electric cars.
Should I Upgrade Now?
A lot of people are wary of upgrading to an electric car due to the lack of charging points – despite there being more than petrol stations. People are also cautious due to range anxiety, as the car may need charging often and might not be able to reach as far without stopping to recharge.
However, improved battery technology, the installation of new charging points and accessibility has made it clear why you should consider upgrading to an EV early.