Electric cars are greener than internal combustion engine vehicles by a number of key measures, with the exception of the carbon intensity of the manufacturing process.
At first this can definitely get a bit confusing, but there are three main types to consider when looking at hybrid and electric cars:
Traditional Hybrids – these hybrids twin a traditional fossil fuel powered engine with an electric battery and motors. Traditional hybrids charge their battery solely through the use of the car’s brakes and engine.
Plug-In Hybrids – these work the same as traditional hybrids but offer the additional benefit of the ability to charge the car by plugging it into a charging station.
Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) – unlike the hybrid choices, BEVs
are fully electric and are powered solely by an electric battery and motor. They can
re-use energy from the brakes but require
plugging-in to charge. Thanks to the total removal of the fossil fuel engine,
they offer zero emission driving.
Advances in technology mean that
modern day electric cars are now capable of offering 150 – 200 kilometres of
range on a single charge (some even more). Whilst it may not sound like a lot
compared to some petrol/diesel cars, it’s plenty for most journeys and it’ll
cost you a lot less in fuel costs.
For longer journeys, you can simply give your electric car a little extra charge by plugging it in whilst you stop for a coffee or snack at one of the Irelands’ many service stations. There are now over 1,100 ESB charging points across the island of Ireland that allow you to charge your electric car.
Battery technology is rapidly
evolving so expect the available ranges to continue to grow significantly over
the next year.
Just like a fossil fuel powered vehicle, electric and hybrid cars do need to be refuelled or recharged.
Charging an electric car has never been easier, with all of them offering multiple options when it comes to charging. If you’re on the move, the ESB owns, operates and maintains approximately 1,100 public charge points across the island of Ireland. Otherwise, you can simply charge your car at home overnight – just like you would your phone.
Plug-in hybrids and traditional hybrids benefit from the ability to simply pop into a traditional fuel station to fill the tank with normal fuel for the conventional engine. Plug-in hybrids can be charged as above as well as filled with normal fuel.
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The experience when driving an electric or hybrid car is
quite the opposite! Unlike traditionally powered vehicles, electric and hybrid
vehicles are capable of delivering high levels of torque instantly.
The removal of any hesitation means that electric and hybrid cars accelerate faster and are more exciting to drive at real world speeds.
As well as the power benefits, many also offer increased
handling ability thanks to clever ways of using electric motors. One such
method is to individually power and brake each wheel by using a dedicated
electric motor on each; the result is improved levels of traction and cornering
These days, you can expect an electric battery to last well into the 100,000’s of kilometres before you need to think about getting it changed!
In terms of recyclability, the electric batteries used in cars are now widely recyclable, with around 90% of the battery being reused.
Helping this even more, there are currently schemes being tested that’ll use recycled car batteries in residential and commercial settings; batteries removed from electric cars typically have 70-80% power remaining, more than enough for other uses.
Hybrid cars are powered by a mixture of a standard combustion engine and an electric motor which uses batteries that self-charge through regenerative braking technology. It is fact that hybrids deliver much better fuel economy. They are also more reliable, better for the environment and can also offer a number of tax benefits. Both hybrid and fully electric vehicles require motor tax but far less than diesel and petrol vehicles.
Absolutely. It is just a case of making sure you pick the right model for the job. There are several electric cars or hybrid cars that can tow as much as equivalent petrol or diesel cars and the abundant torque generated by electric motors makes them adept in the tow car role. For specific guidance, contact Spirit Motor Group today.
As with any car, regular servicing will ensure that your vehicle performs well and that it is safe on the road. Our team of electric vehicle experts have the skills, knowledge and know-how to ensure your vehicle is back on the road with the minimum of downtime.