ev guide

Electric car driver guide

Running an EV 13 Nov 2020

Electric Vehicle technology has come on in leaps and bounds in the last few years with more model choice, greater battery range and an expanding public charging infrastructure.

As a result, more drivers are seeing full Electric Vehicles (EVs) as a viable alternative to a traditional petrol or diesel car. To help you decide whether a pure electric car is right for you, we’ve put together this guide to answer any questions you might have.

 

What is an ‘Electric Vehicle’?

It’s important to recognise that not all EVs are actually Plug-in Vehicles (PiVs). When vehicle manufacturers refer to ‘electrification’ of their model range, it can potentially involve one or more of the following EV technologies:

  • Mild Hybrid/48V system (MHEV)
  • Full Hybrid (HEV)

MHEVs and HEVs are not plug-in vehicles and so, from a driver’s point of view, they should pretty much be seen as simply more efficient versions of existing petrol and diesel models that can be driven in exactly the same way. And there’ll be no change to how often you’ll need to fill up the tank.

However, the two EV technologies below are both PiVs and, while we’re focusing on Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) in this guide, both are covered where applicable:

  • Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV)
  • Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV)

 

Please download and read the full guide for more information.

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