Initially, electric vehicles (EVs) can be more expensive to buy. However, running and maintenance costs are significantly lower than that of a petrol or diesel car. In the UK, you could be eligible for a government grant of up to £3,500 (depending on the type of EV you want to buy) and there are savings on fuel costs, tax, congestion charges (where applicable), parking and car maintenance!
In line with government legislation, lots of manufacturers are getting in on the EV scene, including Land Rover, with many more makes and models in the pipeline. Here at Land Rover, we expect the Road Rover to be on the roads by 2020. Learn more about the Road Rover by clicking here.
Like a lot of the aspects of EVs, this is very varied and can take anywhere between 15 minutes and 12 hours, depending on the size of the battery and the speed of the charging point you are plugged into. Most EVs are chargeable at home and this can be done overnight, however you do need off-road parking to do this. However, as more funding is awarded to electric vehicle charging projects across the UK, more technological developments are being made, such as wireless charging and rapid chargers, to make it more accessible and quicker for drivers to charge their electric vehicle.
This, again, is dependent on several factors including type of battery, charging habits and environment, or more specifically temperature. Lead-acid batteries may not even last a year whereas lithium-ion batteries, the most common battery used in EVs, could last up to 10 years! However, if you overcharge or drain the battery too much, or you live in a warmer climate, this could also contribute to degradation.
Range anxiety is definitely a thing and it is understandable that people would worry about how far they could go in an EV! Depending on the car, you could get anywhere between approximately 50 and 300 miles on a single charge. It is understood that Land Rover are working towards a range of 300-miles for the new Road Rover, and with around 9,300 electric vehicle charging points in the UK, compared to 8,400 petrol stations, they will be no need to worry about where you will get your next charge from.