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Three things to think about when buying an electric car

Even though driving an electric car is becoming more popular, there are still a lot of people who do not know where to start with their transition to clean electric driving. With the familiarity of driving a traditional diesel/petrol car for years, making the switch to an EV (electric vehicle) can be a hurdle sometimes. But there is really no need to worry, as we have gathered three main points you should take into consideration when thinking about going electric.


Types of Electric Cars

It is great to see an increasing amount of car manufacturers investing in electric mobility, providing car drivers the possibility to make an easy switch to electric driving. Nowadays there are already over 65 electric car models on the market from full electric to hybrid, with even more coming out soon.

The first thing to consider when thinking about buying an EV is the car itself, plus its specifications. Basically, there are 4 different types of electric cars:

  • Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV): this type is completely electric.
  • Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV): this type has both an electric motor and a gasoline motor.
  • Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV): this type also has both an electric motor and a gasoline motor, but cannot be electrically recharged at a charging point.
  • Extended-Range Electric Vehicle (E-REV): this type also has both an electric motor and a gasoline motor, but normally only uses the electric motor.
  • How does an electric car work? What is the driving range of electric cars? The electric range of an EV, differs based on the battery size of the electric car and can be influenced by several factors. For example, driving uphill for a long period of time with the air conditioning on will drain the battery faster than when driving at a modest speed on the highway. Keep the average distance you drive per day into account in order to find out how many kilometres you need to be able to drive. The average daily commute is around 25 kilometres (Industry Outlook Europe 2018), making every full EV and many PHEV models perfect for driving the daily distance as clean as possible.

Charging an Electric Car

Besides the type and range of your favorite electric vehicle, another factor that should not be overlooked is charging. But how to charge an electric car? Our community of EV drivers has commented that this new way of fueling does take some time getting used to, but it is a fairly easy transition. There are 3 locations where you can top-up your EV: at home, at the office, and on the road. How much time it takes your particular electric vehicle to charge fully, depends - amongst other external factors - mainly on the power of the charging point and the size of the car battery. The bigger the battery and the lower the power of the car charging point, the longer it will take your EV to fully recharge. To make sure to always leave your home with a full battery, our advice is to install a charging point at your home.

In case you need to top-up your electric vehicle during your travels, you can always make use of public charging stations. Alongside the motorway, you can also find fast chargers, which allow you to charge your EV up to 80% within 30 minutes. That provides you with the opportunity to get yourself a cup of coffee to sit back and relax for a little while. By using the NewMotion charge card and app you can already access over 125,000 charging points in 35 countries. Make sure you also check out our range of charging software and apps to keep your costs down and increase efficiency when charging your EV.

Total Cost of Ownership

Currently, the initial purchasing costs for an EV are higher than for a traditional petrol/diesel car, but don’t let this throw you off. With the several subsidies available, plus tax reductions, lower fuel, insurance, and maintenance costs, driving an EV will eventually save you money in the long-run. Electric Car vs Fuel Car: Who's Cheaper? The total cost of ownership of EV vs ICE are shown in the graph below.

Total cost of ownership

Let’s take the Honda Civic (petrol) and the Nissan Leaf (100% electric) as our guinea pigs. To drive a gas-guzzling Honda Civic 100 kilometres, you need to fuel it with 7.5 litres of petrol. This will cost you around €12. If we compare this with a trusty Nissan Leaf, which needs 15 kWh to drive 100 kilometres, you need to pay around €3. That’s four times cheaper! The costs of driving and charging an electric car are significantly lower than driving a traditional car.

Besides that, there are plenty of subsidies and tax reductions in various countries making it even easier for everyone to switch to electric mobility. Similarly, there are many business solutions for businesses, retailers, and car parking locations. In line with the current trend, we observe that many businesses already switched to electric fleets. So, what are you waiting for?