Electric Cars ?

Elecar is more than just a business taking advantage of the latest tech for our own benefit. We want to help others to benefit from living in the age of a green energy revolution.

We have created this page aimed to help people who have recently purchased an electric vehicle are considering it or are a business that wants to help  better provide for customers with electric cars.

I will try to answer what I can on this page, where everyone is free to contribute, but I will also try my best to meet people in the Lochaber area for personal consultancy where necessary, there will be no fee for this but any contribution will be gratefully accepted & used to help us to help others who help everyone by becoming greener.

First of all I will try and answer some of the most commonly asked questions about electric cars in as clear a way as possible.

Q.  How far can an electric car go without stopping to charge?

A.  Every car is different but as a general rule the lowest range electric cars available new today are capable of upwards of 100 miles on a full charge with only a few that can achieve over 300 Miles, The exceptions  are Tesla Model S 100D that can Achieve just over 300 Miles & The New 200kWh Tesla Roadster that can achieve an incredible 600 Miles per Charge.  

Q.   How long does charging take?

A.  This varies a lot but I will give some examples starting from the fastest. A Tesla Model S using a Supercharger can add 50 miles to its range in just 7 minutes. A Nissan Leaf on a 50Kw rapid charger can add 50 miles to its range in 15 minutes. Charging at home or at work is a different story and depends on your houses power supply and your cars equipment, but a full charge is usually between 3.5 and 12 hours (though keep in mind you won’t usually arrive home with a battery at 0% and require 100% by the morning). The slowest possible charging would be a  200kWh Tesla Roadster plugged into a house socket, not a realistic scenario but it would take almost a week. In the not to far future adding over 100 miles of range in under 10 minutes will be the norm. 
Miles of range that can be added in 30 minutes 

Q.  Am I going to waste a lot of time charging?

A. This depends a lot on your own circumstances and the car you choose. Personally over the last year I have had 4 occasions where i had to go out my way to charge where i was not stopping for any other reason than to charge the car. In total i wasted about 2 hours but on the other hand if I had been using petrol I would have visited the petrol station twice most weeks so about a hundred times at an average of 10 minutes each time that would be about 20 hours wasted also I would have needed an oil change by now. The other great time saving function on an electric car is pre warming. You can just click a button on your phone a few  minutes before leaving and when you get in the car it is already warmed up and defrosted. 

Q.  Are electric cars expensive?

A.   As with any car I depends what you buy but the pricing of electric cars is on a completely different bases. With petrol and diesel cars you tend to pay for power more power bigger engines bigger clutches and gear boxes. With electric cars this just isn’t an issue as a small motor can produce a massive amount of power. The issue with electric cars is range, more range means a bigger more expensive battery. So an electric Hyper-car may be considerably cheaper than  its competitors. Unfortunately your average runabout with 100+ miles range is going to cost more than its competitors. But that is just the cost of purchasing. An electric car is massively cheaper to own. The cost of electric is less than 20% that of a petrol equivalent. Then there is the fact you don’t have an engine with hundreds of wearing parts to service & maintain. Tesla recommends greasing the motor bearing after 500,000 miles. No that isn’t a typo 1st engine service, grease bearing at half a million miles. 

Total Cost per month 

Pleas feel free to ask any questions and make comments relating to electric cars.

14 replies
  1. Neena
    Neena says:

    I know the answer to this but If I was given a pound for every time I hear the question what happens when an electric car runs out of power i would be able to buy a Tesla Model X by now so looking for a good answer?

  2. Scott Easson
    Scott Easson says:

    Simple answer it stops working.
    Actually the great thing about electric cars is they don’t just conk out. First of all you will know well ahead due to the fact that electric cars have very precise gauges. Tesla actually gives you information like “stay below 55mph to reach your destination” then when the battery becomes very low the power will start to drop at below 2% a Tesla is down to near half power having said that its still 200+hp. Once you go below 0% you may have a bit of reserve but eventually the power will start to really drop you might be down to a 20mph crawl as the last power trickles out then eventually you will be warned “the car is shutting down please pull over”. This is your final warning and you will get a few hundred yards to get off the road. You will still have power for hazard lights for many hours but the car will go no further.

    Then What?
    The good news is you don’t need to bleed the system like you would with a diesel car. The bad news is that leaving the battery depleted for a long time is bad for the battery so you need to get power in it as soon as possible. You have two options 1 you tow the car to a charger or 2 you take power to the car, even a small generator plugged in for an hour will get you on the go again if you are just needing a few miles to get to another power source which may be your home, a public charger or in-fact any household plug.

    • Scott Easson
      Scott Easson says:

      Thanks, I’m happy to hear you like it.
      Ive enjoyed building the web site and as the first site I’ve built its been a big learning curve along the way.

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    • Scott Easson
      Scott Easson says:

      Good Morning Eamonn,

      Sorry to hear you are having problems with your I-Miev.
      Im afraid I am not much help in recommending a garage to take you’re ev to as I’ve never needed to take one to a garage.
      The only garage in Fort William I have any experience with is Slipway Autos:
      Annat Ind. Est., Corpach, Fort William PH33 7NB
      Hours: Open today · 8:30am–5:30pm
      Phone: 01397 772404

      Ive never had work done on any cars there but have had Taxi examination and MOT tests & they do seam to be a very professional & have great customer care.

      What seams to be the problem with the car?

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