Electric Car Charging

Cleaner and cheaper to drive than standard vehicles, electric cars are the future of motoring and transport helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. William Dyer Electrical UK Ltd are specialist car charger installers and are proud to be approved by the government OLEV home scheme and the WCS work place scheme. 

More and more European countries are doing their bit for the environment by pledging more money and research into the design and manufacturing of low emission vehicles. Car manufactures too like Mini and Zonda are playing their part, with numerous models already on the market. With an increase in electric car production comes a greater need for home and business car charging ports. 

Electric cars are rapidly revolutionising the transport industry, but they’ve been around for a lot longer than you’d expect. Way back in 1837 in Scotland the first ever electric car was created. Its success led to electric battery powered taxis being used across London and New York in the 19th century until cheap oil prices resulted in the rise of petrol and diesel fuelled motors. Now, over a hundred years on, with climate change top of everyone’s agenda electric cars are on the up once again and they’re better than ever. 

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Electric cars, how do they work?

Advances in technology have helped create electric cars capable of almost matching the performance levels of normal vehicles. Rather than a fuel tank, electric vehicles run off a main battery which is powered through an electricity supply, usually electric car charging ports. The energy created is then stored and used to power an electric motor which drives the vehicle’s wheels. Therefore there’s no need for a clutch or an exhaust pipe. 

How far can I drive in an electric vehicle?

Typically speaking, on a full charge, a standard electric vehicle can travel over 400km before needing to be recharged. In the UK only 6% of all journeys are over 25 miles in length so an electric car is more than capable of doing the job. 

The benefits of electric cars 

The obvious benefit of buying an electric car is the effects it has on the environment. Electric powered motors produce fewer emissions than standard petrol and diesel fuelled vehicles. They’re cheaper to run too. A full charge from a home or work charging port will cost significantly less than a full tank of unleaded or diesel at the garage. 

Electric cars have fewer moving parts, which means they produce less noise and cost less to maintain. Another reason to turn to green power. 

Types of electric cars

Conventional Hybrids 

A conventional hybrid uses a petrol tank alongside a battery powered electric motor that recharges when the car brakes. This technology is most commonly used in the Toyota Prius. 

Plug-in Hybrids 

Similar to conventional hybrids plug-in hybrids are equipped with both petrol engines and electric motors but can be charged via a charging port at home or work. This energy provides power for a small period of time, once the battery is drained the vehicle will switch to running on the petrol engine. 

Battery Electric Vehicles 

Battery electric cars and vehicles run solely on electric power. Most major vehicle manufacturers have an electric vehicle on the market and require a home charging port to keep them powered. A full charge can last for over 400km. 

Helping to cut emissions, electric cars are the future of motoring, but it comes at a cost. Electric vehicles are, for now, much more expensive than standard vehicles, which is understandable considering the research and technology used to manufacture these modern machines. However there is a solution. The government offers numerous incentives and grants to help fund purchasing an electric vehicle. In some cases you could receive up to £4500 to put towards a new electric car. 

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