How electric cars are charged and how far they go: your questions answered
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It is significantly cheaper to charge an electrical car than to fill up a tank. The cost depends on the electricity tariff you're covered by, but most manufacturers will suggest that you switch to an Economy 7 tariff to pay less for electricity during the night.
The estimated average cost of each driver will use between £450 to £750 a year for additional charging for the electric car.
Most electric car batteries are lithium-based and just like any other battery, they will degrade over time, which means that they won't be holding charge as long as they used to do and the range of it will reduce.
If you overcharge the battery or try to charge it at the wrong voltage then it will degrade even quicker. Always make sure to check whether the manufacturer offers a warranty on the batteries because most of them do and these last from 8-10 years.
If you have a driveway and can park your car beside your house then you can just plug it straight into your domestic main electric supply. However, if you don't, then find a parking space on the street outside your home so you can run a cable out, but make sure to cover the wires to avoid tripping passers-by.
The charging time takes time and it depends on the size of your car's battery which can range from 8-14 hours or a full 24 hours.
More and more places are putting in street charging points and lots of electric cars have apps installed in them that will direct you to the nearest charging point. If not, there are a host of websites and apps that will do the job.
Some public charging points are easy to use but there are also some that charge a flat fee for monthly access.
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