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Electric Vans For Sale in Tiverton, Devon

HOW MUCH DO ELECTRIC VEHICLES COST TO RUN?

The desire for cleaner air and rising fuel costs are some of the many reasons people are increasingly considering making the switch to electric, but what are the benefits and how much cheaper are they than the alternative?

The initial outlay for the vehicle is more than when compared to a conventional diesel there is no denying the fact. However when pricing an electric vehicle against an ICE (internal combustion engine) Vehicle it is important to look at the whole life cost or total cost of ownership. This is a calculation we are more than happy to help you with this can be done in comparison with your current or competitors vehicle.

For an Electric Vehicle you will also need to allow for the cost of the home or work charger installation, costing between £250 to £1,000 depending on power output, and is subject to a suitable supply from the grid.

From then on, you’re basically quids in. Based loosely on current average UK electricity costs and average MAXUS EV performance figures, you’ll be looking at an average of 0.04p per mile compared with 13p per mile in a conventional van of the (again, roughly speaking). Times that by how many miles you average in any given year and the difference can be quite dramatic, for a typical 20,000 mile a year user based on these figures the savings can be up to £1800.00 per year in fuel alone.

The savings made in vehicle tax, cheaper maintenance and no congestion or ULEZ Charges can soon mount up and are always worth factoring in when considering the move to an electric commercial vehicle it could save you £265.00 per year in road tax, add this to the fuel cost savings that’s over £2000.00 per year, better for the environment and better for your bottom line? Perhaps its time to make the switch!

WHAT ARE THE AVERAGE CHARGING TIMES?

 This entirely depends on the power rating of the charging outlet you are plugging into.

A home charger or one found in most carparks typically outputs at 7kW, which will give you 30 miles range per hour of charge (for most EV’s, that equates to a full charge from empty in 6-8 hours). If you are using a 3.7kW home charger, that’s approximately half the output and double the time to charge.

Rapid chargers – found at motorway service stations across the country – Will get our electric vans battery from flat as a pancake to 80% full in as little as 45 minutes, Just enough time to grab a coffee and take a break.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I RUN OUT OF CHARGE?

The vehicle will stop, It’s as simple as that.

This is of course the same as can be said of a regular engine, but with one key difference: running out of fuel in a normal engine can cause some serious damage to the entire fuel system.

If you totally deplete an EV battery, you won’t cause any damage (setting aside the safety concerns of stopping in traffic). Give it a charge and you will be right back on the road, no harm done.

It should also be noted that electric vehicles these days give extremely accurate readouts on expected range and battery life (as well as warnings for when you’re pushing your luck). No more playing roulette with the fuel needle!

WHAT’S THE AVERAGE LIFE OF AN EV BATTERY?

One of the most often asked questions about electric vehicles, and understandably so.

It’s an inescapable fact that, just like regular cars, an electric vehicle will eventually wear out to the point of becoming unusable. As the current generation of EVs hasn’t been around long enough to test longevity in a real-world setting, their average lifespan is open to speculation – however, the good news is that this uncertainty is covered by an extremely generous manufacturer warranty of 8 years or 100,000 miles whichever comes first.

Maxus Drive system batteries are also serviceable, meaning there is no need to replace the entire battery if the battery degrades. This means even when the vehicle is out of warranty the battery can be maintained in peak operational condition by replacing the individual modules in the battery that have failed, prolonging its life span.

WHAT IF I GET A PROBLEM AND NEED RECOVERY?

Most major roadside assistance providers have confirmed that they will provide recovery services for electric vehicles in the exact same manner as they would for conventional fuel cars, i.e tow the vehicle to the nearest garage (or charge point).

Some providers are also able to offer quick charging at the roadside via their support vehicles, but as always, it’s worth checking your policy to be 100% sure of what your breakdown coverage entails.

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