BRITISH buyers are turning to electric cars in record numbers to beat petrol and diesel taxes and bans. But many are put off by limited range and struggling to find somewhere to charge. Here's everything you need to know about owning an electric car. Where can you find electric car charging stations? Finding a local charging point is vital to be able to keep your car topped up. One of the best resources is to visit Zap Map which has a rundown of public points across the UK including the type of charger available. It also relies on firms or drivers to report issues in case points are out of action or broken. It estimates there are around 13,000 connectors across 4,000 locations currently available. Many businesses will also have charging points so check with your office. And why not consider getting a home charger installed so you can plug it in overnight? Petrol stations will also soon have charging points under law and Shell has already rolled out its first plug-in points. How much do … [Read more...] about How long does it take to charge an electric car, where can you find charging points and how much does it cost to charge?
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Buying a new electric car is a huge decision, not least because they’re still so expensive. Unlike petrol or diesel cars, charging plays an important role in the purchase. Electric cars take hours to fully charge, while a petrol car which can be filled up in minutes. Then there’s the question of how much the vehicle costs to charge. With so many different charging companies dotted around the country it can be difficult to know the definitive cost of charging your car compared to plugging it in at home. The good news is that whether you’re out and about or at home, charging an electric car is much cheaper than paying for fuel. So while this new world can take a bit of getting used it, it’s absolutely worth it in the long run. In order to take advantage of this though, you will have to get your head around how electric car charging works. It’s a bit fiddly, but once you understand it the whole process will feel like second nature. Charging speed … [Read more...] about Electric Cars: How Long Do They Take To Charge And How Much Does It Cost?
Electric car manufacturer Tesla has hiked the price tags of its cars in China, becoming one of the first carmakers from the US to react over rising trade tensions between the two countries. The company raised the prices of its Model X and S cars in China by up to $37,600 (£28,226), according to local reports. As the deadline for President Donald Trump to reconsider imposing tariffs on $34bn worth of Chinese goods passed on Friday, the Chinese government immediately responded in kind, which will have been a major factor in Tesla’s decision to hike prices. Read more: Trade war erupts as China fights back against US tariffs The company had been relying on demand from the Chinese market to bump sales of its electric cars, and had planned to build a facility there after the country previously announced significant tariff cuts for the automotive industry in May this year. According to company data, China contributed roughly 17 per cent to Tesla’s total revenue in 2017, with … [Read more...] about Tesla hikes its car prices in China in the face of rising tariffs
There is a low hum that Norwegians have grown used to as they walk down their streets. The sound of Teslas, Nissan Leafs, BMW i3s, VW e-Golfs and Kia Souls gliding past each other. While electric cars are increasingly noticeable in most capital cities, the sheer number in Oslo and throughout the rest of the country can surprise visitors. Norway has been described as a world leader and last year more than half of new car sales were electric or hybrid. The Norwegian parliament has set 2025 as the goal for all new cars to have zero emissions, compared with the UK’s 2040. However, such enthusiastic embracing of electric vehicles by ordinary Norwegians is not all down to ecological benefits but something more simple – money. While motorists are typically subject to punitive levels of taxation, those who buy a purely electric vehicle are rewarded with a string of incentives worth thousands of pounds. Buyers escape heavy import or purchase taxes and are also exempt from 25% VAT. … [Read more...] about What’s put the spark in Norway’s electric car revolution?
Oil giant BP has agreed to buy Britain's biggest electric car charging company, Chargemaster. The multi-national oil heavyweight is banking on a major increase in the use of electric cars across the country over the coming years. BP predicts there will be 12 million electric cars on Britain's roads by 2040, a marked increase from the 135,000 in use last year. New era: Oil giant BP has agreed to buy Britain's biggest electric car charger suppliers, Chargemaster London-based BP plans to roll out Chargemaster's charging points across its 1,200-strong network of service stations across the UK over the next 12 months. As a combined force, the group, which will be called BP Chargemaster, plans to roll out an infrastructure network strong enough to keep up with a major increase in demand for electric cars. This will include the roll-out of 'rapid chargers' capable of delivering 100 miles worth of range in 10 minutes. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next England's … [Read more...] about BP snaps up electric car charger group Chargemaster