3 Questions To Ask Before Buying An Electric Car

If you’ve been saving your pennies during the lockdown and are now in the market for a new car, you may be tempted to invest in something that isn’t diesel or petrol for a change.

After all, the electric car market is currently booming, with more and more companies bringing out new and improved models all the time.

But before you head out there and buy the first electric car you come across, it’s important to consider a few things in advance.

By asking yourself the questions we’ve listed below, you’ll be able to quickly identify whether buying an electric car is a good idea or not.

  1. What’s your budget?

 The first thing you’ll need to think about is how much you can realistically afford.

While they’re certainly not as expensive as they used to be, electric cars do tend to come in at a higher cost than the average diesel or unleaded alternative.

The budget you have will also likely determine how far your car will be able to go on one charge – the Tesla Model S travels further than the Renault Zoe and Nissan Leaf, for example, but is much more expensive to buy in the first place.

  1. What is the average range per charge?

 Depending on the model of electric car you’re thinking about buying, the range you can travel on a single charge will vary – but it’s a lot further than you might think.

The average across all the models is approximately 100 miles but certain models, like the BMW i3 and Nissan Leaf, will go further.

The Tesla Model S is also an exception to the rule, being able to travel 320 miles on a single charge.

  1. How easy are they to charge?

Electric cars are very easy to charge – it’s one of their key selling points.

In a similar way to how you’d charge your phone or laptop, all you have to do to charge an electric car is hook it up to your home charger or a public one when you’re out and about.

Charging a car can take up to 10 hours in some cases, so it’s important to have a regular source of electricity available. Therefore, if you don’t have off-street parking available at your home, buying an electric car might not be the best idea just yet.

For further help and advice on how to ensure safety in an electric car, contact our friendly team here at FEV today.

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