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 Easee One. One of the fastest home charging units on the market, installed by your trusted electric vehicle charge-point installers, McNally EV.
So you plug your new 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQC in the night before. On a single full charge, this has a range of approximately 230 miles. So travelling to London from Middlesbrough this will get you to just outside of Oxford. Do you just abandon your car, with a 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, grab a coffee, charge your car, browse Facebook and check up on emails.
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 fuelling station at home. Because in essence the ability to charge your vehicle at home, means you have your very own fuelling 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.