Electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular among young and old, and everyone else in between for several great reasons. Electric transport can be had across a spectrum of three different types — Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV), Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV), and Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV).
Battery electric vehicles, often dubbed as EV’s are basically fully electric vehicles with no gasoline engine. This range of vehicles is equipped with high capacity rechargeable battery, which delivers the power needed to run the motor and onboard electronics.
They are charged by electricity from an exterior source, and do not emit any harmful emissions and hazards stemming from traditional gasoline powered vehicles. The chargers used to fuel the batteries of EV’s are classified into three different types — Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 or DC fast charging.
Electric mopeds, scoters and bikes require Level 1 charging, which means they can be plugged into a standard household (120v) outlet. Level 2 charging requires a specialized station that provides power at 240 volts, whereas
Level 3 charging aka fast charging is currently the fastest charging solution in the EV segment, and can charge a battery up to 90 miles range in approximately 30 minutes. PHEVs can do both — recharge the battery through regenerative braking or by plugging them into an external power source, and hybrid electric vehicles can be powered by gasoline and electricity such as the Toyota Prius Hybrid.
5 Key Benefits of Electric Transport
EV’s offers some great and unique advantages when compared to conventional internal combustion engine vehicles. For starters, their motors react quickly, resulting in increased responsiveness, and torque. Just like you’re your smartphone, you can plug your electric scooter, moped or other EV to your home electric outlet when you get home, and have it fully charged in a few hours.
1) No fuel, no emissions
This is one of the key selling points of electric vehicles, and is great for those who wish to decrease their environmental impact on the environment via transport. EV’s are fitted closed electric circuits, which do not emit any of the harmful gasses associated with global warming.
And what’s even better is if you charge your EV at home, and your home runs on renewable energy from Good Energy, which further dramatically reduces your carbon footprint. Since EV’s are powered by electricity, by using one you also greatly reduce the dependency on foreign oil.
2) Reduce or eliminate running costs
Perhaps one of the biggest perks of owing an electric vehicle is the handsome amount of cash you save on petrol and diesel costs. For example, you pay approximately £63.80 to fill up an average unleaded petrol tank of medium size cars in the UK, where a full charge of an electric car could cost you as little as 96p.
Furthermore, fueling a petrol or diesel vehicle is not something you can do at home, which means that you have to not only deal with the ever-fluctuating fuel prices as well spend valuable time driving to and filling up at a petrol station.
Electricity contrarily has a much more stable price point, so you won’t have to experience rapid price swings by going electric. And if you want to save even more with electric transport, you can install a rooftop solar panel in your home to charge your electric vehicle with your own free electricity.
Electric vehicles have garnered a bad rep when it comes to performance, but that’s all set to change with newer models. Electric cars today are much lighter than what they used to be a decade or so ago, resulting in faster acceleration. As an example, the Tesla Model S can sprint from 0 – 60mph in a whopping 2.5 seconds.
Performance however is not the only aspect to consider when buying a car, but you also should consider other aspects such as family-friendliness. Speaking of which, newly launched electric cars are indeed extremely spacious than conventional fuel powered vehicles owing to the lack of a large engine.
This is yet another area that allows you to save big, because petrol and diesel engines can require extensive and expense periodical maintenance compared to electric vehicles that don’t have engines to begin with.
A traditional combustion engine has hundreds of moving parts, where each can malfunction at some point, leaving you with a massive professional mechanic bill. Electrical motors have fewer than twenty moving parts, resulting in less long-term maintenance costs than other types of vehicles.
5) Convenience and Safety
Electric bikes, scooters and moped are just easier to riding around in UK roads. Some models are even lightweight and foldable, making them easier to haul around on the go rather than paying parking costs at train stations. Additionally, they come factory fitted with key safety features such as premium quality braking systems, front and rear lights, class leading suspension for comfortable riding on rugged UK roads.