Here’s a list of questions I am frequently asked (if you have a question to add to this list, add it to the comments section below):
Q: “do electric cars really have the range needed to be practical?”
563 km / 352 miles is the expected range of the soon to be released VentureOne Carver. If your commute is longer than 280km / 174 miles or you cannot charge at work then you should look into working from home, or not working so far away! Realistically an EV has the range for the vast majority of people.
Q: “How much does it cost to lease or buy an electric car?”
EV’s are generally more expensive to buy. Luckily for us some countries and states have great tax credits to make purchasing an EV much more affordable!
Q: “how much does it cost to drive an electric car?”
Not only are EV’s much more energy efficient but they are also lucky to be subsidized by the government in some locations. In Norway the costs of owning a car does not stop at your usual maintenance and fuel costs but extends to expensive parking fees, pricey toll roads and high ferry tickets, EV cars are exempt from all of these!
Q: “how fast can they go? Surely my DINOSAUR burning v8 is faster? ”
Tesla Motors is known as being the Rolls Royce of EV manufacturers. The Tesla Model S P85D will do 0-100km/h / 0-60mp/h in an astonishing 2.8 seconds! That is faster than a Walkinshaw Performance W507 HSV GTS! Don’t believe me? Watch the Tesla race not only the W507 but also a full spec v8 Supercar below!
Q: “how long do they take to charge?”
The Tesla Model S will charge as quickly as gaining 270km / 170 miles in as little as half an hour with the help of a Supercharger. “Normal” charging rates depend on the power socket in your part of the world but you can expect anywhere from 3-29 miles per hour of charge.
Q: “what lifespan does the battery’s have?”
Battery life spans change widely depending on model of car (and the type of batteries used in the car). Some people are estimating that their Tesla roadsters will have a lifespan of up to 400,000 miles! This will depend on use and the care taken with the batteries. Other EV’s will likely have much smaller lifespans but they will also be cheaper to replace.
Q: “but wont something this advanced be Expensive to maintain”?
One of the reasons that EV’s are so much more economical is because their electric motors directly drive their wheels. By eliminating clutches, gear boxes, differentials and drive shafts electric cars are able to be more efficient and also have significantly less parts to break down! Mechanics who are competent in working on EV’s can be limited but less parts to break down means less need for mechanics in the first place.
Q: “What about hybrids?”
Hybrids bring all the promise of fuel savings and huge range, often with a lowish price tag. Unfortunately in my experience they also have the weight of two motors along with the complexity and this often leaves you with very sub pa experience when compared with full time electric cars.
Q: “what does it feel like to drive an electric car?”
If you took the time to watch the video above you will have a pretty good idea about how great it can feel to drive an electric car! Depending on the model you get great performance, long range, huge energy savings and exceptional levels of luxury.
Q: “that sounds great but are they safe for little jimmy?”
Something like safety is hugely car dependent but generally EV’s are safe for the planet and safe for your family. The Tesla Model S has the highest safety rating in America!