Are you Ready2Lease an Electric, EV car and join the biggest change within modern motoring we have seen in years? If you are and have any questions the team at Ready2Lease are happy to assist. We have experts here to help and guide you each step during the journey selecting the right vehicle for your needs and requirements.
Wide Choice and Charging Options for Peace of Mind
We have a wide choice of full Electric vehicles and a large selection of Hybrid vehicles that have the best of both worlds combining battery and petrol engines. At Ready2Lease we have partnered with Mr Charger who are able to provide advice on home and work charging solutions. So the team here can help discuss everything you will need as you set out on the electric journey with Ready2Lease.
How long does it take to charge an electric car?
How long it takes to charge an electric car is one of the most frequently asked questions. Whilst filling up with fuel takes a few minutes, the time it takes to charge an EV from low to full is much longer. However, it can be more convenient. Typically electric cars are charged when the car's not in use, like overnight at home, in the same way you would a mobile phone, or during the day whilst you're working.
How much you charge, or need to charge, will also change - with fuel, the majority of people drive their cars until the fuel gauge shows low on fuel and we fill the tank up to full again. This behaviour stems from the inconvenience of having to go to a petrol station. With electric cars and the convenience of charging at home, you may find you 'top up' the battery each day as it's used rather than waiting for it to get low - again similar to a mobile phone.
Another factor that may impact the number of times you need to charge your electric car or van is temperature. Lithium-ion batteries perform better in warm weather, so you might notice a slight drop in the range your EV can travel in the colder winter months.
In summary, how long it takes to charge an electric car depends on:
Your car's battery size
How many miles you do between charges
Your charging behaviour, i.e. topping up often vs charging from low to full less often
The power rating of the charger you're using - you can read more below on different types of chargers and their kWh rating
Benefits of Electric/Hybrid Vehicles
The benefits of electric vehicles are clear, with more than 20 manufacturers now investing with even more to be launched next year. The growing choice means that there's an EV to suit a range of budgets and user needs – making purchasing or leasing an electric car a more viable proposition than ever before.
One of the biggest advantages of driving electric is the improvement it can make to the environment we live in. Pure electric vehicles have no tailpipe, so they don’t emit any exhaust gases, which reduces local air pollution particularly in congested cities. Electric cars are an attractive solution for councils challenged to clean up air quality to improve their residents’ health and quality of life.
Some areas are introducing Clean Air Zones with fees designed to discourage polluting vehicles from entering certain areas. A key benefit of an electric car is being exempt from these charges.
For example, once registered, electric car drivers in London can travel in both the congestion zone and the new Ultra Low Emission Zone for free. If this is a journey that you make often, the cost savings can be enormous.
The Ultra Low Emission Zone for example costs £12.50 a day for cars. In a normal working year that could save a motorist as much as £2,875 on top of any fuel savings. As more and more cities consider introducing similar schemes, a switch to electric could be more advantageous right across the UK.
One of the main advantages of electric cars is they're extremely cheap to run when compare to petrol or diesel. On average, an electric car costs less than £1.30 to drive 100 miles. That’s cheaper than the cost of a morning coffee. The average petrol equivalent, to drive the same miles, would be £11.05. Amazing when you think about it.
Better still, some councils and workplaces offer free or low cost charging benefits. This means that there are even opportunities to get your fuel for free in some places.
Pure electric cars benefits from zero road tax whilst some plug-in hybrids receive a £10 annual discount.
With fewer moving parts, electric cars need less maintenance and servicing is much simpler. This means that you could save on the cost of service and maintenance giving a great cost advantage to driving an electric car.