The buzz about electric vehicles has been growing steadily over the past decade however, the accelerated ban on petrol/diesel cars (now 2030) has put EVs centre stage. To help clear up any questions or myths about life in the electric lane, we've created this article series, covering issues such as charging, running costs and the various types of EVs out there.
And those common questions we hear often focus on what life behind the wheel of an electric vehicle is actually like. Are they enjoyable to drive? How do they handle? How does the accelerator help you brake? Will they give you the range you need? Let's dive in.
First things first - electric cars are extremely fun to drive. Their electric motors produce maximum torque at any rpm, making them super quick off the mark. What's more, because manufacturers have more flexibility in positioning the battery (compared to the petrol/diesel engines), EVs' handling is often brilliant, as the battery packs can often be found close to the floor.
The Sound of Silence
Apart from a low hum when accelerating and any noise from the tyres, electric vehicles are almost silent. This is because there's no gearbox, so the acceleration is completely seamless - no revving required.
Because there's no gearbox, every EV is automatic. And it's true that you don't always need to use the brake pedal, as releasing pressure on the accelerator engages the regenerative brakes to slow the car (this also serves to top up the battery). When a quick stop is required, the 'traditional' brake pedal is still ready for action.
All The Range
One of the main anxieties about electric cars when they first arrived was their range, with fears over running out of juice in the middle of nowhere. But worry not - with the latest generation of electric vehicles, manufacturers have proven that going electric is without compromise. EV range has increased dramatically in recent years, meaning these models are ready to go the distance when you are!
Here are some ranges of the latest models you can find at Hendy, from SUVs to saloons and city cars:
Ford Mustang Mach-E - 379-mile range
Hyundai Ioniq 6 – 382 mile range
Skoda Enyaq – 333 mile range
Nissan Ariya - 329 mile range
Kia EV6 - 328 mile range
Hyundai Ioniq 5 - 315 mile range
CUPRA Born – 308 mile range
Hyundai Kona electric – 300 mile range
MG4 - 281 mile range
MG5 - 250 mile range
What's more, the UK's charging infrastructure has grown exponentially in recent years, meaning a public charge point will never be far away.
Join The Electric Revolution With Hendy
For more tips and helpful guides about electric/hybrid driving, check out our News page. From the types of vehicles available to information about charging, our series of articles will give you complete confidence when making the switch!
And click here to view the latest electric and hybrid models available at Hendy!