How do electric cars work?
Put simply, electric vehicles replace regular petrol/diesel engines with batteries that store electricity capable of powering an electric motor and making the vehicle mobile. There is no pollution through the burning of fossil fuels, and recharging of the battery can be achieved via a simple wall charger.
Who invented electric cars?
The concept of an electric powered vehicle has been around for two centuries, with many inventors - such as Hungarian Anyos Jedlik and Thomas and Emily Davenport - creating models that ran on electricity back in the early 1800s. In fact, it was the Davenports, alongside colleague Orange Smalley, that were awarded the US patent for an electric motor. However, many people regard Robert Davidson as the true pioneer, with the development of the first large scale electric car built between 1837-1841.
Are electric vehicles the future?
With cutting CO2 emissions a key concern for governments the world over, it’s almost certain that electric models will very much be a part of the future of motoring.
Are electric vehicles worth it?
As more and more manufacturers enter the marketplace, the level of competition goes up, meaning that purchase prices are dropping. Plus, with government grants available to support your purchase, and the positive impact on the environment, it would be difficult to argue against the merits of electric vehicles.
Which electric car has the best range?
At present, the Tesla Model S offers the best range among electric vehicles, capable of covering up to 393 miles.
Are electric car charging stations free?
Depending on where you charge your vehicle, the price will vary. Rapid charging stations often require a small payment for use, while points at supermarkets and car parks are often free of charge.
Are electric car batteries recyclable?
Electric car batteries - lithium-ion batteries similar to those found in smaller devices such as laptops and mobile phones - are recyclable, and will continue to hold a charge that can be used to support the electricity grid and other, less reliable sources of energy.
How does an electric car charge?
Charging your electric car is simple. Using home charging devices and public charge points dotted throughout the country means you will always be able to replenish the charge in your vehicle’s battery.
Where was the first electric car made?
The first commercially available electric car to hit the market was the Toyota Prius. Unveiled in 1997, this model was mass-produced in Japan. Earlier models - including the Davenports’ electric models - were constructed around the globe, ranging from the US to Aberdeen.
Which electric car is best to buy?
Budget, style tastes, and driving requirements will dictate your choice of electric car. If you need to only cover a few miles, a cheaper option to take you around town is ideal, while longer journeys with a family mean you need an electric vehicle with far greater interior space and range. Speak to our experts today to learn more.
What is Nissan LEAF range?
The latest iteration of the acclaimed Nissan LEAF currently delivers a range of 168 miles.
Can the Nissan LEAF be charged at home?
Thanks to the 7kW home charger, you can fully replenish the battery of your Nissan LEAF in 7.5 hours at home.