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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do electric cars work?
There are no gears in an electric car, it’s a direct drive – straight to the wheels. Just press the accelerator pedal and you get smooth power instantly from the electric motor. It’s clean, efficient and produces strong performance with zero emissions.
Are electric cars more efficient?
Based on a cost-per-mile basis a pure electric car could cost you less than a third of a petrol or diesel car. There are also significant tax advantages and some government grants to help you on your way.
Do electric cars give off emissions?
An electric car doesn’t have an exhaust or tailpipe . It is emission free and can be classified legitimately as zero – which is certainly beneficial for an urban environment where local air pollution is a real problem.
Do electric cars need servicing?
Yes, electric cars need servicing. Usually, a pure electric car has just these main components: the electric motor, an on-board charger, the battery and an inverter. This is one of the main reasons why electric cars cost less to service; compared to a conventional petrol or diesel cars. Electric motors have proved to be very reliable, requiring very little attention.
Are electric cars manual or automatic?
Electric cars don’t need a multi-speed, manual or automatic gearbox. Unlike combustion engines, electric motors have a very wide power band – they run at high RPM – and a simple fixed-ratio transmission is all that’s needed.
Do electric cars need a gearbox?
Electric cars don’t have gears, because they run directly from the electric motor. Speed depends on how much acceleration you demand. No clutch is required, since the electric motor can produce torque from 0 RPM upwards.
How far can an electric car go?
The range of electric cars on the road these days is steadily improving through advances in battery technology. Today, pure electric cars can easily drive for around 200km before you need to recharge, newer models can now go for over 500km.
Can electric cars be charged at home?
You’ll need to install a plug-in socket at home and then plan your journey so that you can recharge when necessary on longer drives. Whenever your electric car tells you that the battery is running low, you just plug it in. It’s so simple – like plugging in your phone. We would highly recommend getting an EV charger installed in your home or business when you move to an electric car.
Are all electric chargers the same?
No, there are two types and they’re simply named Type 1 and Type 2. However, there is a universal type available that will fit both. Most of the current generation of electric cars use a standard Type 2 which is what all public chargers are all based on.
Electric vehicle battery life
It is now a proven fact that batteries in an electric vehicle produced today have a life span exceeding 10+ years. We have even seen electric vehicles with over 300,000km on the clock still with battery health of over 94%.
How long will it take to charge an electric car?
A home charge, on an installed EV point, usually takes around 7 hours. Using a rapid charger, most cars can be charged up to 80% in under 40 minutes.
Do you get a government grant for buying an EV?
Yes, you do. Grants of up to €10,000 are available for your new EV and also a private EV owner can claim €600 towards the install of an EV charger at your home.