Electric Vehicle [FAQs] Frequently Asked Questions

Electric Vehicle FAQ

 

All You Need To Know About Electric Vehicles


As the general public has become more aware of the environment, they are now starting to look for ways to help reduce pollution. Along with the Government pushing the issue as well as general awareness of the electric vehicle industry is booming and is only going to get bigger. More and more people are interested in using electric cars or vans on a day to day basis. But there are a lot of questions that people need answering about making the move to electric. Here at West Way we have you covered, we thought it was only right as one of the biggest stockists of the Nissan LEAF and Nissan e-NV200 van to help answer anything and everything regarding electric vehicles.


How long does it take to charge an electric car?


This all depends on the size of the battery and the speed of the charging point. Charging can take anywhere between 30-minutes and 12-hours. A typical electric car with a 60kWh battery would take 8-hours to fully charge the car’s battery from empty to full when using a 7kWh charging point.

The majority of electric car drivers never charge their battery from empty. They normally top up the batteries' power regularly which would speed up the charging process. This would mean hooking up the battery through the day when parked at work or a shopping centre or charging your car overnight. The majority of electric cars can be charged within 35-minutes with a 50kWh charging point to provide a range of up to 100-miles.

As you can see, the bigger the battery and the slower the charging point is that you are using. The longer it will take to charge your car’s battery.


Electric charging at home?


You can buy a home charging point as this offers the best solution to charging your electric vehicle at home. It offers a faster and safer solution to charging your battery and offers the flexibility to charging you cars battery overnight. You can use a standard 3-pin plug with an EVSE cable (electric vehicle supply equipment) to charge your car but this is not recommended as a permanent solution, this should be only used when no other option is available.


Electric Home Charging Point Grants


There is an OLEV Grant (office for law emission vehicle) is available for home charging solutions. The grant's name is ‘Electric Vehicle Homecharging Scheme (EVHS), as the name suggests it’s to provide financial relief to the cost of adding a home charging point to your home. This grant currently provides up to £500 off the cost of the purchase and the installation of a home charging point.

You can claim for a 1-charging point per eligible vehicle but you are only allowed up to 2 eligible vehicles per household. If you live in Scotland your able to get access to an additional grant, this is up to another £300. This grant is available through the Energy Savings Trust Scotland.


Electric car charging points installation


We would advise you to always enlist a professional to install your home charging point. The reason we give this advice, to install a level-2 charging point that uses 240 volts. You need the correct circuit breaker installed to your home’s circuit board. You will then need to run a newly installed 4-strand cable to your chosen charging location to connect to your charging pod. If you don’t understand any of what we’ve said here, please have a professional to install your charging point at home.


Electric car grant


Can you get an electric car grant, you ask? The answer is YES, with some stipulations. To be eligible for a plug-in car grant you must have purchased a new electric car. But this can’t be just any electric car, it needs to be an electric car that qualifies for the grant. A qualifying electric vehicle must have a range of at least 70-miles.
You can get up to £3,500 off a new electric car that qualifies for a grant. To clear up this confusion take a look at the Plug-In Government Grant page, here they clear up which cars qualify as well as give you the full information about the grant.


Longest range electric car


There are many new electric cars in the automotive market in the UK, every year a new car brand will launch a brand new model or an updated model. Car manufacturers are constantly working on solving the issue of battery range. In the current electric car market, there are the following cars that are ranked by the longest range.

1 - Tesla Model S - 375-miles

2 - Tesla Model 3 - 348-miles

3 - Tesla Model X - 315-miles

4 - Jaguar I-Pace - 292-miles
5 - Kia eNiro - 282-miles
6 - Mercedes EQ C - 280-miles

7 - HyundaiKonaEV-279-miles 
8 - Audi e-Tron - 249-miles
9 - Nissan LEAF e+ - 239-miles

10 - BMW i3 - 193-miles
11 - Renault Zoe - 186-miles
12 - Hyundai Ioniq - 174-miles

Electric charging points free


There are many free EV charging points available around the UK. To find where these free charging points are you need to take a look at Zap-Map Live (available as an app or as a desktop version).

Make sure to ‘filter’ your results by ‘Payment’ and apply the ‘£ Free to Use’ filter. This will give you a map of the UK full of free EV charging points in the UK. It is worth noting that the majority of fast and rapid chargers will require payment.

How much to charge an electric car?


There is no one answer that covers this question. It all depends on if you charge your EV at home, work or use a public charging station. We will base our answer on a typical electric car that uses a 60kWh battery, with a range of 200-miles. For the electricity rate, we will use a UK average of 14p per kWh charge to show you what your EV car could cost to charge.

Home Charging: Full charge at home costs £8.40


Work Charging:
Full charge can be obtained for free, as many employers will install a workplace charging point.


Rapid Charging Point:
normally you wouldn’t use a rapid charging point to charge your battery to full. EV drivers would normally use these charging points on the motorway at the service stations. This is where you’ll place your EV on charge and go grab a coffee or some lunch. An average cost would be £6.50 for 30-minutes that will provide your battery with a 100-mile range.

Motability electric cars


Yes, you are able to use the Motability Scheme to run an electric car. There are 9 plug-in vehicles available on the Motability Scheme. The Nissan LEAF was the first 100% electric vehicle to be part of the Motability Scheme, offering zero-emission motoring.

To claim your Motability Scheme make sure to check out which cars are available on the Motability Scheme search tool (select the correct ‘fuel type’). Have a chat with your local car dealership, West Way Nissan dealers offer a dedicated Motability specialist to assist with all your questions.

Cost of running an electric car?


Is it cheaper? Let us breakdown a typical costing of a typical EV car vs Petrol/Diesel car.

Cost
  • Electric = £25,190

  • Petrol/Diesel = £19,800

Fuel
  • Electric = 3.7p per mile

  • Petrol/Diesel = 14.2p per mile

Tax
  • Electric = £0

  • Petrol/Diesel = £445

Parts & Service
  • Electric = £322

  • Petrol/Diesel = £528

Do electric cars have gears


The quick answer is NO.

The full answer is that electric vehicles do not have a traditional multi-speed gearbox like the well-known petrol or diesel gearbox where you will have a minimum of 5 gears to select through. EV vehicles only have a single gear that provides impressively quick acceleration.

Electric car charging points near me


There are several ways to find the nearest charging point to you.


Google:
just add a query ‘electric charging point near me?’. You will be presented with a map of results.


In-Car Navigation
: your in-car navigation will have the option to show only electric charging points when you are on the move.


Zap-Map:
this company offers an app for Android and iOS and a desktop version. They log every new charging point added anywhere in the UK. So it's very handy when travelling.


How much are electric cars


There is a large range of prices depending on the automotive brand and model you choose. Here is a good idea of prices for you to start with.

  • Tesla Model S - from £81,200 

  • Tesla Model 3 - from £38,500 

  • Tesla Model X - from £82,200

  • Jaguar I-Pace - from £58,500

  • Kia eNiro - from £36,495
  • Mercedes EQ C - from £65,640
  • Hyundai Kona Electric - from £35,500
  • Audi e-Tron - from £71,560
  • Nissan LEAF e+ - from £27,995
  • BMW i3 - from £35,350
  • Renault Zoe - from £21,920
  • Hyundai Ioniq - from £29,450

Benefits of electric cars?


When comparing EVs against your standard combustion engines (petrol and diesel) there are several benefits.

  1. You are helping the environment by reducing your CO2 contributions.

  2. Electric cars are faster on acceleration, Tesla has proven this with their Ludicrous mode

  3. Cheaper to run as its cheaper to charge a battery than it is to fill up at the pump. Plus servicing is cheaper as EV cars have fewer moving parts.

  4. No more visiting fuel stations. Just charge your battery when you’re not using your vehicle at your convenience

  5. Electric cars will soon be the same price as buying a combustion engine car. As the government pushes to reduce emissions.

How long do electric car batteries last?


When buying a new electric car you are more than likely going to receive a battery warranty with your car package. These are normally for 8-years or up to 100,000-miles, whichever comes first.

Currently, there are no actual facts to prove the length of a batteries life span as the technology is so new. We have seen a few high mileage electric cars that haven’t really suffered a small amount of degradation.

Company car tax on electric cars


Let us give you an overview breakdown for 2020 - 2021 benefit in kind (BiK) rates for cars.

  • 0 g/km - 0%

  • 1-50 g/km (electric range >130-miles) - 2%

  • 1-50 g/km (electric range 70 - 130-miles) - 5%

  • 1-50 g/km (electric range 40 - 69-miles) - 8%

  • 1-50 g/km (electric range 30 - 39-miles) - 12%

  • 1-50 g/km (electric range <30-miles) - 14%

Cost of charging electric car at public station UK


You are normally looking at charging points in public locations been free of charge. However, if you need to use a rapid charging point at say a service station on the motorway there is a charge. On average you are looking at a cost of around £6.50 for a half-hour charge.



Cost to charge electric car calculator


There are many different calculators online that will help you figure out the cost of charging an electric car. Take a look at Zap-map, it is one of the best car charging calculators available online right now. Below is the link:

Zap-MapPublic Charging Calculator for EVs


Nissan LEAF FAQs

How fast can an electric LEAF go?


The Nissan LEAF can reach a top speed of 98 mph.
  • Nissan LEAF 0 to 62mph acceleration: 7.9seconds
  • Nissan LEAF e+ 0 to 62mph acceleration: 7.1seconds

How far can I drive in a single full charge?


There are two battery options available on the new Nissan LEAF - 40kWh (LEAF) and 62kWh (LEAF e+). The 40kWh battery provides a 168-mile range and the 62kWh will give you a 239-mile range. Depending on your driving needs, there is a Nissan LEAF for you.

How much will it cost to run one of these cars?


In a year, you can save over £2400 on vehicle running costs! You'll also receive a £4500 Government incentive for going green, making Nissan's electric car more affordable. To find our best deals, we've provided a full list of all Nissan LEAF special offers
If you want to see how much money you could save by driving the LEAF, use Next Green Cars electric savings calculator.



Where can I charge my LEAF and how long does it take to charge?


Charging points can be located at any one of West Way's 15 Nissan dealerships and at over 8,000 locations throughout the UK, including IKEA stores, supermarkets and motorway service stations. You need not worry about travelling on motorways either, as network charging points have been installed on 97% of motorway routes! There are also specific rapid charge points, where your electric vehicle can be charged to 80% in 30 minutes whilst you are out and about.


In addition, you can take advantage of a 16 amp home charger unit, which will provide the Nissan LEAF with a full charge in 8 hours. For the full information and facts about charging your EV please take a look at our Nissan LEAF charging guide.

Is it easy to keep track of battery level and range?


Yes, the in-car computer display will monitor this for you. The NissanConnect EV, which allows you to turn your LEAF on to charge, turn on the climate control and monitor the battery level and range is available to download on Android, iPhone and PC.

What are the benefits of driving the electric LEAF?


The 100% electric LEAF emits zero emissions, which means you'll never have to buy fuel again! On top of that, it's very quiet, with a spacious interior, it's very comfortable and there are plenty of gadgets for you to explore and enjoy!

What features can I enjoy with the LEAF?


The LEAF comes in the following trims; Visia, Acenta, and Tekna. In Acenta trim and above, you can expect to find features such as Keyless Entry, a 7" LCD touchscreen which controls the navigation system, hands-free Bluetooth connectivity and 16" Alloy Wheels and a Rear View camera to assist with parking. The 2016 LEAF also introduced NissanConnect EV, which replaces the previous CarWings technology. The innovative technology will allow drivers to see which charging points are available and even pre-heat their car on those cold winter mornings.


For a full review and to see what our customers thought of the Nissan EV please see our New Car pages, you'll see customer testimonials about their electric car experience.



What if I want to try out Electric Driving?


Fear not! We know that converting to electric driving can be a daunting thought. That's why we offer anyone interested in going green a 24-hour test drive with the Nissan LEAF. This means you'll be able to see how driving fuel-free can fit into your lifestyle, whether it be your daily commute, pop to the shops or even the school run. If you'd like to take advantage, West Way offers a 24-hour test drive. Just visit one of our 15 showrooms and speak to a member of the West Way team.


To see the full new Nissan LEAF brouchure Click Here. Alternatively, if you want to experience electric driving with a test drive, then contact your local West Way dealership and ask to speak to the Electric Vehicle specialist, they'll be able to arrange a 24-hour test drive.


Compared to the equivalent Qashqai model doing average mileage, the Nissan LEAF could save you up to £2400! Take a look at some of the things you could spend that on...

*Comparison is based on transition from a LEAF Acenta to a Qashqai Acenta

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