Concerned about when the Electric car battery is dead?
Firstly EV drivers don’t leave charging to the last minute, as Petrol and Diesel drivers are wont to do, they charge the battery whenever convenient. Most often whilst sleeping.
When learning that the car they can afford has a much lower range than they have been used for a Petrol or Diesel car many people get very concerned. However, in most cases, they won’t need as much range. Particularly where Home charging is available.
This situation is much rarer now that, typically, Electric cars can do at least 200 miles range when fully charged and chargers are far more common than a few years ago.
The AA, RAC and Green flag provide breakdown cover for Electric vehicles.
The RAC says that they can recharge 99% of electric vehicles stranded at the roadside.
If the worst happens
As with a petrol car call up your Breakdown service, they are rapidly equipping their vans.
As with the RAC’s Fuel Assist service, customers with an EV that’s run out of charge will receive a top-up boost, allowing them to progress to the nearest charging point. The EV Boost system is powered by an electrical generator mated to the patrol van’s 1.9-litre diesel engine, and sends charge through an inverter to the power unit in the stranded EV.
Different thinking is required for charging an Electric car compared to occasionally visiting a Petrol station.
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Charging is more of a ‘topping-up’ approach. This can be done in many types of location whilst doing something else.
Electric cars provide an indication of the expected number of miles remaining.
No charge left
When the charge has expired, like a Petrol or Diesel vehicle, they will come to a stop. Generally they will need to be towed to the nearest charging point, although mobile chargers are starting to appear.
Incidentally Insurance for Electric vehicles is still all over the place, with prices varying considerably and difficult to compare.