Electric cars and Petrol cars compared
Although they may look similar there are many differences between Electric cars and Petrol cars you do need to think differently about them.
|Aspect||Electric Thinking||Petrol Thinking about Electric cars|
|Range Required||As much is needed for 80 to 90% of your journeys||Fewest stops at petrol stations due to inconvenience|
|Charging locations||Probably at Home and a huge variety of other locations, such as supermarkets. Numbers increasing rapidly and already more than Petrol stations||Only petrol stations and assuming fewer chargers than petrol stations, which have already declined|
|Cost of charging||At Home is cheapest (Third or Quarter the price of Petrol)||Similar at all locations|
|Batteries||Long lasting, longevity evolving rapidly and can be reconditioned or recycled||Need to buy a new one after 10 years|
|Time taken to charge||Charge whilst sleeping, shopping or drinking coffee||Time spent at pump|
|Amount to charge||Top up when convenient. Max 80% unless planning a long journey||Full tank every time|
|Servicing||Minimal as many fewer moving parts||Very expensive!|
|Braking||Uses Regeneration to charge the battery||New Brake pads needed!|
|Heating||Raise to preferred temperature before leaving home||Cold starts|
|Buying a Second-hand car||Battery State of Health (SoC)||Mileage ‘clocked-up’|
Comparison of two Minis
Covers most of the costs, but misses servicing! Annual mileage and Insurance examples are rather high. Missed out the OLEV charger grant too.
Courtesy of Auto Trader