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5 questions and answers about Electric Cars

Added: 06 November 2019

According to the European Commission, by 2030, sales of Zero or low emission cars will account for 40% of the cars sold.

Electric cars are the future of the automotive sector. In the first half of 2019, sales of electric vehicles went up by 58%.

We've put together a blog post to answer the top 5 questions around electric cars.

 

1. What kinds of electric car are there?

There are three kinds of vehicles that run on electricity.

Firstly, the dual engine hybrid. This has a primary combustion engine and an electric motor, where the battery recharges when the vehicle reduces its speed.

Secondly, the plug-in hybrid. This is where the battery can also be charged by plugging it in.

Lastly, the fully electric car. This has an electric engine and a plug-in rechargeable battery.

According the European Commission, sales of zero or low emission cars as of 2030, must amount to 40% of the total cars built.

 

2. Where can you recharge hybrid/electric cars?

Re-charging points are either public or private. You can have a charging station installed in your home or garage as long as it is carried out by a professional and meets the legal requirements.

In fact, it is estimated that 70% of all recharging takes place at home and at work. In any event, if you need to recharge the car on the road, the power supply network is growing every day. There are now about 100,000 charging stations in the EU and by 2025 the European Commission expects this figure to increase 20 times, up to 2 million stations.

 

3. How long is the range on an electric car?

The batteries provide a range of between 200 to more than 400 kilometres. With the SEAT el-Born, the range will be up to 420 kilometres without recharging. Their duration will depend on how the car is used, as unlike cars equipped with a combustion engine, electric vehicles consume less in city driving. “We are currently preparing a product portfolio that will enable choosing the range according to the expected use of the vehicle, so there will be different battery capacity options to meet the needs of all kinds of users”, says Josep Bons, the head of electric and electronic development at SEAT. In this regard, SEAT is going to launch 6 new electric and plug-in hybrid models by the beginning of 2021 [SEAT Media Centre].

 

4. Does an electric car achieve zero emissions?

They are considered zero local emissions vehicles by the very definition of an electric car [SEAT Media Centre]. In addition, they are also more sustainable from the standpoint of the vehicle's global life cycle, producing from 17% to 30% fewer emissions when compared with a diesel or petrol vehicle.

There are many incentives to promote the purchase of zero local emissions vehicles. In some countries, such as Norway, there is a direct tax reduction when buying an electric vehicle. In Germany, France and Spain there are buying incentives and many European cities offer specific benefits including free parking and tolls, privileged access lanes and free access of these vehicles to restricted traffic zones.

In the UK, you can also receive a government grant of up to £3,500 when buying a plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle.

 

5. Is an electric car more expensive then a petrol or diesel car?

Electric vehicles are getting increasingly affordable. In fact, SEAT and the Volkswagen Group are committed to making electric cars “for millions of people rather than for millionaires”. Technological improvements help lower the price on electric models. For example, the cost of the batteries has gone down by 80% in the past decade.

Another thing to factor in is that the cost of electricity is considerably lower than that of petrol or diesel. Furthermore, it is estimated that it only costs a third as much to maintain an electric car compared to a vehicle equipped with a conventional engine. And finally, buyers in most countries can be eligible for public grants or tax reductions when purchasing an electric car [SEAT Media Centre].

White Dove SEAT and ŠKODA have recently welcomed their fully-electric models to the range; the SEAT Mii Electric and ŠKODA CITIGOe iV.

 

SEAT Mii Electric: 

SEAT Mii Electric

 

ŠKODA CITIGOe iV:

Hybrid Citigo-1

 

We're based on Hadfield Road, Cardiff. If you have any questions on our electric vehicles, please don't hesitate to call us on 02920 642 999 and we'd be more than happy to help!