With electric cars contributing to the growth in car sales, which are now at pre-pandemic levels, it is clear that the momentum is very much in place for the electrification agenda. As the statistics set out, cars with a plug (pure electric and PHEV) still only represent just over a quarter of the total demographic.
While diesel is still very much in a terminal decline for cars (at just over 6.6%), the world of petrol is still fairly robust with nearly 45% cars being this format. The increase in total registrations is nevertheless possible through a multitude of great EVs, more targeted support and discounts plus a continued improvement in the electric charge point infrastructure. As set out, there are some 51,500+ devices installed in over 30,360 locations!
As some of our previous articles have set out, the importance of and cannot be ignored. And while these are crucial facets, the vehicle range is still something which is raised by our personal and business lease customers.
In the early days of the electric car revolution, much of the focus was placed on the distance a car could go. And with a significant lack of public or workplace charging infrastructure, it was a sage consideration to concentrate on this aspect of the EV.
But since around 2020, with the onset of more robust battery technology, and longer range cars, companies like ourselves have tried to educate customers on aspects other than range - such as charge speeds / charging times / efficiency and performance.
The electric car range is not unimportant BUT it needs to be considered in conjunction with these aspects too. And our comprehensive guide on the is pretty clear, in that there are now a swathe of options to choose from. And with the average capability at around 233 miles, even high-mileage drivers are able to benefit from zero-emission technology.
Just looking at that example, if you covered 200 miles per day in a normal working week, and worked 11 months of the year, you would be travelling at around 45,000 miles per annum. And yet we still hear that ranges just aren’t enough?
But when you are considering the range of an EV there are some key observations which are still being missed in the UK:
To help e-car lease customers our website will provide a real-world range analysis on the vehicle, with a comprehensive layout for temperature and driving conditions. To supplement this, our EVC™ - Electric Vehicle Certificate - provides a combined analysis for warmer and colder temperatures. There is often no issue when a customer considers these facts before committing to a purchase or lease. This is why our experts will encourage you to consider this in detail (as well as the monthly price!).
This RWD option will have a 77 kWh usable battery which will offer 0 – 62 times of 8.5 seconds, 99 mph top speeds and 150 kW (or 201hp). Expect a combined winter range of 215 miles with warmer weather allowing for 290 miles.
On charging, the 11 kW AC max will allow 8 hour and 15 minute 0 – 100% charging times with the 143 kW DC maximum allowing 27 minute 10 – 80% times. A cargo volume of 543L is available with this car. It has a vehicle fuel equivalent of 134mpg. This EV will have no Bidirectional charging. And the car will be able to tow 1000kg (Braked) and 750kg (unbraked).
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