Frequently Asked Questions
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.
Buying a Charger - Connector Type | Solar Energy | OLEV
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-Map: Public Charging Calculator for EVs
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.
Installation - How Long | How much
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
macXcharging Wallstation - Warranty | Functionality Q's
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%
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.
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.