At Wagonex, we’re committed to the electric vehicle revolution, making sure that we offer a range of green cars on subscription.
Whilst subscribing to an Electric Vehicle takes away the risk of ownership or enables you to try before you buy, there are still many questions new EV drivers often ask: How do you maintain it? What’s the range? How do I charge it? Do I need to do anything different? Why’s it so quiet?
These are all important questions for your first EV, so we’ve collated and answered your most important questions:
What’s the range on my EV?
The ranges vary dramatically with EVs, from 43 miles on a Renault Twizy, to 185 miles from a Zoe, to 300 miles on the Tesla Model X. So the range depends dramatically on which of our vehicles you’ve chosen.
As a rule of thumb, the average range on a modern electric car is about 180 miles, however there are plenty of ways to extend this or cut it short; if the car is full or empty, if the tyres are new (with Wagonex they will be), or the type of roads you’re driving on.
Figuring out what range you need is a useful first step. Many journeys will be routine and calculating your average daily range requirement is a useful way to alleviate any range anxiety. Its interesting to note that as a nation, our average number of miles driven per year has been falling. In 2002 we averaged 9200 and 2019 fell to 7400 miles per year. That's just 20 miles per day.
Charging is also speeding up, meaning if you do have to ‘fill up’...
How do I charge my electric car?
There are a few ways to charge your vehicle, and it depends on the make and model. Some vehicles have a removable battery which you can plug into your mains electricity, for example.
With other vehicles, you can either use a dedicated charging point which will ensure a fast charge, or a standard UK socket. If you opt for a dedicated charging point, this will need special installation which is not covered by Wagonex, however we find that charging overnight using a standard plug should give you enough juice for the full range.
The dedicated charger is covered by a government scheme currently, and you can receive 75% of the cost of this back, dramatically reducing the cost of going electric. There are two main stipulations: you need off-road parking, and your EV needs to be on subscription for a minimum of 6 months.
Public charging points can also be a good idea, and you should plan any long journeys around them. They typically run between 45-50kW, which gives about 75% of your charge in just under half an hour, which is plenty to get from A to B.
How much does it cost to charge my car?
Charging at home is inexpensive in comparison to filling up with fuel. It varies according to make and model, of course, but shouldn’t cost more than a few pounds to fill it up entirely.
We advise that you look into flexible energy rates to bring this down further. On certain plans the energy company will even pay you!
When you’re out and about, you’ll find that some charging stations are free of charge, whereas some charge by the amount of power used. Others take a flat fee each month and give you a card to swipe once you’re plugged in. It’s a good idea to see who offers public charging stations in your local area.
Maintaining your EV
Generally, electric vehicles have far, far fewer moving parts in comparison to standard fuel-based vehicles. This means that there isn’t as much of a problem with wear and tear, nor will you have to pop the bonnet quite as often.
Wagonex comes with free roadside assistance in case anything goes wrong when you’re out and about, and as all of our vehicles are brand new you shouldn’t have any issues surrounding MOTs.
Regenerative braking is a big part of some EVs, especially the smaller ones. This is the process of using the car’s momentum to charge the battery when you brake. Usually, the brakes have to take this impact, which can lead to them wearing out relatively quickly, but with regenerative braking the heat generated from the friction is funneled back into the battery.
EVs don’t use oil, spark plugs, fan belts, or air filters, meaning that there is very little that you have to actually maintain with an electric car.
Do I need to do anything differently?
Not at all! Think of your electric car in the same way as you would a fuel-powered vehicle. The only difference is that it’s quieter due to fewer moving parts and you don’t need to check on it as often, if at all.
The only thing you have to remember to do is to plug it in at night!