How do Electric cars work?
An electric car is just like any other car, except it uses a battery to drive a powerful electric motor. This makes them more economical and with no emissions, better for the environment. And instead of refuelling you simply recharge at home, or at one of the many public charge points.
What are the benefits of going electric?
There are many substantial benefits to owning a battery-electric car. Here are just few reasons to Stop Wondering. Start Driving.
Cheap to run
Luckily, being kind to the environment is also good for your wallet – electricity is much cheaper than petrol or diesel, so your journey may cost less than a third of what it would in a combustion-engined car. And that’s before you take into account the fact that battery-electric vehicles can also travel in the UK’s new and upcoming Clean Air Zones – and London’s Congestion Zone – for free. There are tax incentives, too. There’s a £3,000 plug-in car grant available, plus, for company car drivers, battery-electric cars are subject to a lower company car BiK tax, which for battery-electric cars registered after 6th April 2020 is 0%. This increases to 1% in 2021/22 and then 2% in 2022/23.
There are no exhaust emissions from the tailpipe of an electric vehicle – in fact, it doesn’t even have a tailpipe – this is particularly helpful for improving air quality in urban areas.
Charge at home
Another major perk is home charging. Imagine waking up every day with a ‘full tank’. You can get a £350 OLEV grant to help you pay for the home charger, too. Just plug in when you get home, and your car takes care of the rest.
Vehicle eligibility and grant figure correct as at June 2020. UK sales only (excludes Channels Islands and Isle of Man). Grant scheme may be withdrawn and eligibility/amounts may change at any time without prior notice.
What is the range of an Electric Car?
There are so many benefits to owning a battery-electric car, like the All-New Kia e-Niro. Stop Wondering. Start Driving.
Kia’s battery-electric cars
If you like the idea of emission-free driving, why not check out the All-New Kia e-Niro or Soul EV? Stop Wondering. Start Driving.
The All-New Soul EV
No more searching for petrol stations, no more oil changes, no more loud, vibrating engines and absolutely no emissions. Instead, the All-New Kia Soul EV gives you long-range driving with easy charging and instant acceleration – in a modern atmosphere where the only thing loud is your music.
All New Kia e-Niro: rewriting the rulebook on electric driving
Powerful acceleration. A generous equipment list. Impressive range. It’s little wonder the All-New Kia e-Niro is WhatCar?’s Car of the Year. The All-New e-Niro’s revolutionary powertrain means an emission-free range of 282 miles, with enough power to sprint from 0-62mph in just 7.8 seconds. Find out more about the All-New Kia e-Niro
Cost of Electric: Cheaper than you think
Here are just few reasons to Stop Wondering. Start Driving.
Lower maintenance costs
Petrol and diesel engines are incredibly complex and have hundreds of components that can wear, fail and need replacing. Electric cars on the other hand have just three main components and far fewer moving parts than a combustion engine. That means servicing and maintenance is simpler and cheaper, which saves you money.
There is no yearly or first-year tax with an electric vehicle, which could save you around £500 over the first three years of ownership compared to a mid-sized petrol or diesel equivalent.
Big savings on BiK tax for company car drivers
Company car tax is already drastically lower if you drive an electric car. From 6th April 2020 battery electric cars are now 0% BiK. This BiK rate increases to just 1% post April 6th 2021 and 2% in 2022/23- that represents a massive saving over a conventional car!
Electricity is cheaper than petrol or diesel
Electricity is cheap, particularly when you charge at home. When you look at cost per mile, driving on electricity can cost around a third of an equivalent petrol or diesel car.
How Much Does It Cost To Charge An Electric Car?
What is it like to drive an electric car?
Rather fun, actually. Electric cars are incredibly responsive. That’s because unlike combustion engines, electric motors produce maximum torque at any rpm. So you can enjoy brisk, instant acceleration at any speed without worrying about gear changes – all that torque means electric cars only need one forward gear! The All-New e-Niro can surge from 0-62mph in just 7.8 seconds.
Handling can be impressive, too. Because the batteries are in the floor, electric cars have a low centre of gravity, which helps minimise body roll while making the car feel planted, providing a fun, dynamic drive. The All-New e-Niro even has a sport mode!
If efficiency is your main concern, there’s an eco mode, too. The All-New Kia e-Niro offers a driving range of 282 miles (WLTP combined cycle) on a full charge – that’s London to Newcastle! For some everyday context, the average UK commute is just 10 miles – so the average person could do more than two weeks of commuting without needing to charge once.
Most charging with an electric car is done at home. But If you want to top up on the go, there are more than 7,000 public charging locations in the UK, and most of them have multiple connectors. Plug an All-New e-Niro into a 100kW fast charger and you’ll have 80% charge in just 54 minutes – that’s enough to travel 225 miles!.
Hybrid and electric cars are most commonly charged at home, but can be charged at work, or at thousands of public chargers, such as at supermarkets or service stations. You can find out a bit more about how each works below.
Charging Point connections
Simple guide below to learn how to charge an electric car and various types of charging point connections.
Eco Range Brochure
Find out more about various Eco powertrains within the Kia range, including both Niro and Ceed family, the Sportage Mild-Hybrid and many more.
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