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.
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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
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.
Is it cheaper? Let us breakdown a typical costing of a typical EV car vs Petrol/Diesel car.
• Electric = £25,190
• Petrol/Diesel = £19,800
• Electric = 3.7p per mile
• Petrol/Diesel = 14.2p per mile
• Electric = £0
• Petrol/Diesel = £445
Parts & Service
• Electric = £322
• Petrol/Diesel = £528
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.
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.
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.