Do you worry that driving an electric car is going to cost the earth or slow you down having to wait for it to charge? Well, think again! Getting an electric car could save you money, meaning you can charge up without being charged to fill up.
There are a lot of myths about electric cars so here are the answers to some of the most common questions we get asked:
How much does an electric car cost?
As with shopping for any car, there are a lot of options available. The cheapest electric vehicles come in at around £12,000 and you can get a government grant towards the cost of an electric car or van, which garages will automatically apply when you buy the vehicle. The amount available depends on the vehicle you’re buying, but could be up to £4,500 for an electric car (or up to £8,000 for an electric van) depending on the model you’re buying. Further information can be found here: Plug in car and van grants.
But, how much does it cost to run?
One of the big attractions of electric cars is how cheap they are to run. For just £10 a year you can sign up to the EValu8 project on the Source East website. This provides access to the five electric plug-in points around Southend: at Seaways car park, Warrior Square car park, on London Road near College Way, on Hamlet Court Road near Burdett Avenue and at the Belfairs Park Woodland Centre.
What if I don’t have time to charge my car?!
You don’t have to charge your car fully every time you use it, a simple top up could get you the extra few miles until you need a full charge. This doesn’t affect the battery, so as long as you don’t run it completely empty just before a big trip you should be fine.
How far can I go?
On a single charge, most electric cars have a range of somewhere around the 100 mile mark, under normal driving conditions. Plus, with five charging ports around Southend, you’re never far away from a top up.