Did you know that 90% of LEAF owners charge their electric vehicle at home 99% of the time? Dedicated EV Home Charge Points are supplied and installed by various companies, such as Pod-Point and Chargemaster often supported with OLEV Government Grants (up to £500 discount). Additionally, the UK's public charging infrastructure is rapidly expanding, meaning you won't have trouble finding a charge point either on the motorway, shopping centres, car parks and car dealer groups.
Probably a lot further than you might think! The range of pure electric cars is improving all the time, with new cars released this year which can drive over 150 miles on a single charge with ease. Just think about the last time you drove somewhere, how often do you drive over 100 miles, let alone 150 or more. Even if you do drive long distances, after a few hours of driving you’ll probably need a break anyway, so you can take your break whilst charging the car. The average distance which is driven in the UK is 22 miles per day. 90% of car journeys are less than 15 miles, so electric cars could well be very suitable for you. However, if you do need to regularly drive long distances, then plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) are a great option. These give the benefits of electric driving mode for shorter journeys, together with the advantage of a hybrid engine to provide long-distance range with reduced emissions and fuel consumption.
There are now more public charge points in the UK than there are petrol stations, which should give you some confidence regarding making those longer trips. Public charge points are provided by different companies, many of whom have set up their own networks. Sometimes, the electricity is provided for free, sometimes not, but generally speaking the cost is still low. ZAP Map is a live online map or downloadable app will allows you to locate and navigate to nearest charge points including information on the speed, connector types and location. There a several different public charging networks - including Ecotricity which runs charge points from just about every motorway service station in the country.
However, if you do need to regularly drive long distances, then plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) are a great option. However, if you do need to regularly drive long distances, then plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) are a great option.