When weighing up the pro’s and cons of purchasing an electric vehicle of late, there seems to be one overriding con that seems to plague many of the conversations I have regarding electric vehicles.
“But what if I’m on the motorway, and I run out of charge?”
Making long distance journey’s with an electric vehicle is undoubtedly one of the main concerns when it comes to electric vehicles. But it’s a concern that needn’t exist. There is little difference to preparing for a long distance journey with an electric vehicle than there is with a petrol vehicle. In fact it’s probably actually easier with an electric.
Let’s say you’re based in Manchester, and you’re planning a long journey to our wonderfully cultural capital city, London. The night before, you’d plug your electric vehicle into your brand new Rolec Wallpod. Incidentally the fastest home charging unit on the market, installed by your trusted electric vehicle charge-point installers, McNally EV. Shameless plug there, but I’m not going to apologize.
So you plug your new 2018 Nissan Leaf in the night before. On a single full charge, this has a range of approximately 150 miles. So this will get you to just outside Oxford. Do you just abandon your car, with dead battery, on the side of the road and proceed to walk to the capital?
No, absolutely not. You see service stations up and down the country now have several electrical vehicle charge-points in their forecourts. The U.K currently has more than 13,000 electric vehicle public charge-points up and down the country. So you pull in, you grab a coffee, you charge your car, you browse your Facebook and while you’re there give McNally EV a cheeky 5* review for the fantastic installation of your electric vehicle charge-point. (Promise that’s the last time).
You then proceed on your journey after a nice relaxing break to enjoy your weekend of sightseeing and telling our Southern friends just how great McNally EV are.
If you ran out of fuel in a petrol model, you’d be forced to pull into the nearest service station, so ultimately what’s the difference?
The money saved on petrol/diesel is pretty incredible when broken down over the course of 12 months, and it’s not often you can say you have your own fueling station at home. Because in essence the ability to charge your vehicle at home, means you have your very own fueling station, on your doorstep.
Most electric vehicle hybrids contain a very small petrol engine that will kick in, if your electric vehicle may find itself out of charge, to give you that reassurance.
So, the concern that you’ll just suddenly be stranded on the M1, alone on the hard shoulder, and out of battery, is somewhat of a myth. A myth that needs to to run out of charge, and remain desolate on some hard shoulder somewhere.