Electric and hybrid F.A.Q'S
Due to growing innovation and the recent government strategy to phase out combustion engine
vehicles, many consumers are enquiries about electric vehicles.
Easternwesternleasing.co.uk has compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions, to help you
find the answers you need
What's a pure electric vehicle?
A fully electric vehicle draws energy from an external power source, which is then stored within the
vehicle’s battery for later use. It doesn’t rely on a combustion engine, therefore, doesn’t require an
exhaust system which produces harmful C02 gasses.
As a result of this, it’s the most environmentally friendly method to drive, further, saving road users
thousands on fuel and tax costs. Increasing innovating means that ‘Range Anxiety’ is no longer a
concern for EV users.
Typically, an electric vehicle chassis will look like the one below. Electric Vehicles consist of the
Battery – A battery which stores power. Some hybrid vehicles are charged via an external power
source, whereas, others are charged by a combination of regenerative braking and power created
from the combustion engine.
Like a combustion engine, batteries are equipped with cooling technology, in order to prevent
overheating and maintain battery life.
Charging Plug – Purely electric vehicles some types of hybrid vehicles are charged via an external
energy source, therefore, require a charging socket.
Drivetrain – As with any vehicle, the drivetrain consists of components such as the gearbox; clutch
and differential. Which send power to the wheels in order to make the vehicle move. The drivetrain
location and components will depend on the vehicle type.
What's a hybrid?
A hybrid uses part EV technology, combined with a traditional combustion engine. There are many
kinds of hybrid vehicles, for example;
Hybrid Electric Vehicles recharge particularly due to regenerative braking and don’t rely on an
external electricity source.
Further, the combustion engine creates the power which is then stored by the battery for later use.
Typically, HEVs will use the electric motor at low speeds, with the combustion engine taking over
when higher speed is required.
Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles are plugged into an external source to charge their battery, hence
the term ‘Plug-In Hybrid.
PHEVs use both an electric motor and a combustion engine, with the electric motor typically lasting
around 30 miles before the petrol or diesel engine takes over. Making them ideal for both inner-city
and long-distance driving.
How do you charge an electric vehicle?
This will depend on the type of EV you use. As discussed, Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV) are
charged using a combination of regenerative braking and the combustion engine to produce power,
which is stored within the batter.
Pure electric vehicles and Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles (PHEV) are plugged into an external charging
socket to generate power.
Fast and rapid charging packs are available with most manufacturers and allow users to fully charge
their vehicle in under an hour. They are also available for home installation, or you can plug your
vehicle into a standard three-pin socket for convenience, but this will increase your expected charge
You can use tools such as the online Zap-Map, to locate your nearest charging point!
How long does it take to charge an ev?
This will depend on a number of factors, such as your vehicle and charging technology used. As
discussed, fast charging packs are available and can drastically decrease charging times.
Using a normal three-pin socket is expected to take at least 8 – 13 hours depending on the vehicle.
Fast charging points are capable of halving this, achieving a full charge in typically 4 – 6 hours.
Rapid charge points are capable of charging your vehicle in under an hour. They are available
across the UK with manufacturers such as Tesla installing them at many service stations.
Are there any grants available for electric vehicles?
There’s a series of grants and incentives available for electric vehicle users. Please find our Electric
Vehicle Incentive Guide for more information.
What's the range and power of electric vehicles?
Increasing innovation has eased consumer concerns regarding electric vehicle range. Electric
motors have been widely praised for their instant response, which often produces fast acceleration
and high torque figures.
Pure electric vehicles such as the Tesla Model S 85D, has an estimated driving range of 253 Miles!
Using all-wheel-drive technology, the electric motor produces 422bhp and 600n/m of torque, capable
of achieving 155mph and does 0 – 60mph in just 4.4 seconds.
Proving that power doesn’t need to be sacrificed for range!
More budget-friendly alternatives such as the Nissan Leaf has an estimated driving range of 168
miles, with the Leaf-E achieving 239 miles! The standard leaf produces 150 bhp and can achieve 0 –
62mph in a respectable 7.2 seconds.
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