If you’re thinking of buying an electric car, there are questions you will want answered first. And some of them are quite surprising.
It’s easy to think, when you see Electric Cars every day, that the general (non-petrolhead) car buying public know what’s on offer, what the pros and cons are and just how similar an EV is to an ICE car in many ways. But it seems not.
In fact some of the questions potential buyers of EVs ask are quite unusual, and Driving Electric has been busy putting together a top ten list of the most asked questions so the terminally confused can get a heads-up before they head to an electric car showroom and feel like a muppet. The top ten questions and (precis) answers are:
What happens if my car is struck by lightning?: Actually, nothing very different from an ICE car, as the EV acts as a Faraday cage and makes it safe. Although there is a very small chance that if you’re charging at the time it may cause a hiccup.
Can I take an EV through a car wash?: Yes
Do EVs need special tyres?: Most come with low-rolling resistance tyres, but these are widely available.
Can I plug-in when it’s raining?: Yes, but avoid getting the connectors wet.
How far is it between charging points?: Actually, in the UK, only about four miles. But you’ll need to find one that works and charges at more than a snail’s pace.
Can you make an EV sound like a Lamborghini?: No. Your EV will have to make a noise from 2019 to keep sight-impaired pedestrians safe, but it will be more whoosh than rumble.
Does speed affect range?: Yes. Harsh acceleration and high speeds will eat away at range. Just as it does in an ICE car.
Will the battery wear out?: Yes, but very slowly. Even after 100k you should still have 75 per cent of original capacity.
Can you tow with an EV?: You can, but only with some EVs.
Can you jump start an EV?: No.
Top Ten Electric Car Questions
- What happens if my car is struck by lightning?
- Can I take an EV through a car wash?
- Do EVs need special tyres?
- Can I plug-in when it’s raining?
- How far is it between charging points?
- Can you make an EV sound like a Lamborghini?
- Does speed affect range?
- Will the battery wear out?
- Can you tow with an EV?
- Can you jump start an EV?