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