Three things every EV driver should know

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It’s easy to make assumptions about electric cars, but people purchase EVs for a range of different reasons – the environment, clean air, cost of fuel and servicing, technology, performance and lifestyle. Questions and concerns are extremely popular, so if you’re a new electric car owner or thinking of getting one, here’s our list of what you need to know.

Plenty of charging spots, including at home

For the majority of EV drivers, charging and range is not an issue. You can simply charge your car at home - charge time depends on the domestic socket and the vehicle's battery size.

When out and about, monitoring and managing your electric vehicle's charge is an essential part of owning an EV. Plan your route to ensure there's a service station and grab a bite to eat whilst your car charges. There are over 20,000 charging points on Zap-Map across the UK.

You might be wondering if you can charge your vehicle in the rain? The answer is YES. Electric cars have a minimum waterproofing rating of IP44 which means they are protected for all rain conditions.

Did you know: You are safe to take your car through a car wash and even drive through a flooded road.


EVs are super quiet

Electric vehicles make minimal sound as they have no gearbox and no engine sound, but they still have noise from tyres rotating on the tarmac. Reduced noise creates a more reasonably relaxing drive for passengers, but, in July 2019, a new law came into place for electric vehicles to feature a noise-emitting device. This means some vehicles will have a programmed synthetic sound to alert passengers of their whereabouts, however, pedestrians still need to be road aware when crossing the street.

Making the switch to an EV means zero direct emissions, improving the overall air quality on main routes. The UK Government has brought forward the ban on sales of petrol and diesel cars to 2030, so get started on your green revolution now and purchase your first EV!

You can't tow, nor can you be towed

Most electric cars have no towing capacity. If you don't have the ability, you must not attempt to tow.

If you have broken down in an electric vehicle, do not attempt to use a tow rope. Electric vehicles send power to the wheels to make the vehicle accelerate. Energy from the wheels is recaptured into the battery and this is called regenerative braking. If you attempted to tow an electric vehicle, the electric motor could get damaged from the unexpected heat and energy from the braking process.

If you need assistance, please call your breakdown cover company. They will have 'all-wheels-up' technology - a trailer that folders out from the van and lifts all the car's wheels off the road - ensuring your vehicle will not be damaged.


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