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Things you need to know about electric cars before you buy one

Things you need to know about electric cars before you buy one

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably been watching the new series of Formula 1, been browsing through the channels and have ended up on a Formula E practise and wondered ‘what’s with these strange, practically noiseless cars’? It’s becoming harder and harder to escape the rise of the electric car, especially with Tesla making the new model 3 just £40,000 and Nissan making the Leaf at just £29,000. 

Unlike petrol/diesel cars, electric cars don’t come with the extra costs of gallons of fuel and road tax, but how do you actually charge your car and how much does it cost? I’ve taken a look at the top questions when it came to the costs of electric cars and have answered them below! 

How much does it cost to charge an electric car at home?

Fully charging an electric car is going to cost you between £8 – £10! I was quite shocked when I read this, thinking there must be some sort of catch. In my naivety, I imagined someone plugging their car into an outside socket and that’s it. I have since learned that you’ll need to get an at home charger installed which will set you back about £400 depending on which one you get. It sounds like a good investment though, considering that a tank of fuel can run you up on average to £50 each time.

How much does it cost to charge an electric car at a rapid charging point?

Rapid chargers are typically found in motorway service stations and range from being free to one of the more expensive ways to charge.

Pod Point’s rapid chargers cost about £6-7 for 30 minutes of charging which translates to about 100 miles of range, making it one of the more expensive ways to charge your car. But Tesla has now started the Tesla Supercharger Network which has FREE points across the UK for Tesla users. Whichever you end up using, I think we can establish that electricity is not going to be racking up the costs on your car, however, you may have difficulty finding a charging point in some areas, so take care when planning your adventures. 

How much are electric cars?

As with all cars, electric cars depreciate as soon as you drive them off the lot (until they get to classic but that’s being pedantic) so a used model will always be cheaper than a new one. Because of this, I’m only going to be looking at the cost of new models. The cheapest electric car is the Nissan Lead at £29,000 or the Tesla Model 3, coming in at only £40,000, but one Google search for ‘electric car’ will bring up brands like BMW, Renault and Kia and their new hybrid or electric cars. With more brands developing models, odds are the cheaper they’ll become to keep in line with market costs. 

Although if you’re looking for a luxury expensive car and have a cool million to drop, the Rimac Concept One might take your fancy.

Misconceptions surrounding electric cars

When i started this article, I was convinced that electric cars had to be expensive! All I ever saw were rich old people driving around in their Tesla model S’s and made the assumption. However, both Tesla and Ford have models out which retail for £40,000 and Nissan beating them with the Leaf range at £29,000. 

When you also take into consideration the lack of fuel costs and road tax that come with electric cars, it seems that electric is going to be the way forward for the future of driving and car manufacturing. It’s also worth noting that most governments in the Paris Accords have agreed to ban the manufacturing and selling of petrol and diesel fuel cars by 2030. 

Overall, I think with new electric models coming out cheaper and cheaper, whilst still being able to perform to the same standard as fuel cars (even if they don’t have the same range yet), that electric is definitely going to be the way forward. I’m actually quite excited to see what manufacturers and designers do with this unchartered territory of being able to define a market place, or at least catch up to Tesla. 

Let us know what you think in the comments!