All things EV. Get up to speed on electric vehicles
From home charge points to special tariffs, if you’re considering an electric vehicle (EV) as your next runaround, we can help get you fully charged and on the road.
Get EV ready. Why choose electric?
There are many benefits of electric cars. They're often much cheaper to run than petrol or diesel cars - and with fewer moving parts, they often need less servicing.
You can fully charge a typical electric car (with 200-mile range and 40kWh battery) for just £5.60.1
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The power of electric. How EVs work
Electric vehicles are basically like computers on wheels. The computer controls everything from wheel turns and braking to interior climate. And unlike traditional cars which burn fuel for power, EVs use a rechargeable lithium-ion battery – and that means emission-free driving and cleaner air.
Which version? Types of EV
As well as fully-electric versions, hybrid and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) models switch between battery and engine (you only plug in PHEVs to charge – hybrids generate their own battery power). Read this article for more information on types of EV - or check out our charging page for a more in-depth look at all things EV charging.
Created for electric. Switch to an EV tariff
If you choose a specially-designed EV tariff, you can choose to charge your EV overnight when demand on the grid is low – and that means cheaper monthly bills. And we’re ready when you are – we’ve made sure switching to an EV tariff is quick, easy and won’t cost you a penny. Just tell us when you’ve got an EV and we’ll do the rest.
Plug-in power. Charging at home
The majority of EV owners do most of their charging at home with the easier (and faster) option of a 7.4kW charger.
On the go. Charging away from home
As of Jan 2021, there are almost 40,000 public charge points in the UK 3 – and over 2700 of them are rapid charging. That means you should never be too far from your nearest charge point. And you’ll often find them in places you might head to anyway, such as supermarkets, hotels and car parks. Various apps will help you find them along your route, whichever direction you’re heading.
The benefits of EVs
Cheaper to run
Cheaper to service
With fewer moving parts and no residue-causing combustion, the cost of servicing an EV is roughly estimated to be around 25% cheaper, at around £120-£150. 4
Better for the planet
Exhaust pipes emit a range of substances into the air – CO2, hydrocarbons, benzine and various other particulates. But there are no exhaust fumes with an EV, so you get a far cleaner drive.
Planning journeys. Will an EV change the way I drive?
We think you’ll be amazed at how easily you get used to a battery-powered car and soon regular petrol stops will feel like a thing of the past.
Because even the smallest EV battery can drive for hours on a single charge – so you’ll often have plenty of power to get you where you’re going.