As we all know by now, electric vehicles are the new trend and will be for many decades. With the catastrophic effects that fossil fuels cause environmentally, everyone is beginning to join the rEVolution, and those who aren’t doing so willingly will soon have no choice. There are more than 6650 chargepoints in the UK, and 44% more EVs on the road.
Times are changing and the significance of EVs is expanding.
By 2040 all the cars produced in the UK will be electric, and they’re definitely becoming increasingly popular, with more and more available brands for you to shop around. EVs provide lower fuel costs, lower fuel consumption, and less noise and environmental pollution. What’s not to love?
Not only are EVs widely available but there are various options to choose from, which allows you to find on that suits you and your lifestyle perfectly, including all-electric cars, plug-ins, or hybrids.
Regardless of what option is best for you, there is always that one question that floats around in conversation when EVs are mentioned…what happens if I run out of charge mid-drive?
Here’s our advice and everything you need to know about EV batteries and what to do if you run out of charge mid-drive…
How To Charge An Electric Car…
When people discuss the issue of running out of charge mid-journey, the question of how to charge your car in the first place always presents itself. There are home chargepoints and public chargepoints at convenient locations such as supermarkets, or motorway services.
Depending on what chargepoint you choose there may be a fee, different charging times, and occasionally different plugs to choose from.
Your home chargepoint can either be a standard three-pin plug or a rapid charging socket, allowing for either an easy and convenient charge, or a fast charge depending on your needs. This depends on the space of your home and driveway as well as your budget. But you can easily plug in your car when you get home from work and plug it in overnight for the maximum charge.
On the other hand, public chargepoints allow you to have a quick boost to keep your car topepd up when you’re out and about, and there are websites that are free to use, like ZapMap, allowing you to find you closest chargepoint. As there are so many chargepoints in the UK, realistically will always be one relatively near your location.
A public chargepoint can work differently to a home chargepoint, because each company will operate theirs individually. You may find that some chargepoints are paid for, so you will incur a cost, and others may require a swipe card or app login to access the charge power, which may often be found at places of work.
One of the newest ways to charge your EV is by using an app on your mobile phone and holding it by a chargepoint. The ‘tap to charge’ process is a quicker and more efficient way to charge your EV, and perfect if you’re running late to work and need a quick boost for your EV.
How Many Miles Can My Car Reach?
Each EV is different and will have various ranges they will last depending on the battery. It is hard to determine a generic battery life for a certain amount of miles. For example, the Nissan Leaf can travel up to 155 miles based on a maximum charge, whereas a Tesla Model S can peak at nearly 300 miles.
Almost half the electric cars sold in the UK in 2017 were the Nissan Leaf is a popular everyday EV, first launched in 2011. It also has a 50kW quick charger, which allows you to charge your car to 80% capacity in approximately 40 minutes, or with a home charger in around 7.5 hours.
In 2019, Nissan is updating their battery life on the Leaf and competitors will continue to compete with brands like this one. There will be various options to choose from for an EV, that still has a good battery mileage that will last you your planned journey.
A quick tip is to research EV battery power and how long it takes to charge one and it will help you to the source which car is best suited to you.
Battery life is often a concern for those looking to buy EVs due to the worry of running out of charge mid-journey. But to settle the worry, most EVs have a lithium-ion battery, which whilst devaluing over time because of a constant charge cycle, always has a guaranteed warranty. There are also ways to care for your battery to ensure they retain the reliability that they’re known for.
Again, using the Nissan Leaf as an example, batteries come with a warranty for up to 5 years or 60,000 miles. Some brands, such as Tesla, offer even longer warranties of up to 8-years.
What Really Happens If I Run Out Of Charge Mid-Drive?
When you’re driving an EV, much like a petrol car, your vehicle will tell you how many miles you have left before you’re out of charge. This means that the chances of you running out of charge are minimal, and in fact no more likely than if you were driving a petrol or diesel vehicle.
As long as you’re sensible about charging regularly you shouldn’t have anything to worry about. But in the event your EV does run out of charge, you can use the updated technology of your EV to your advantage.
The reaction in your car itself when you run out of charge is the same as a fossil fuelled car; your EV will stop as soon as you run out of miles. But, the majority of EVs have SAT-NAV systems available, which can really benefit you if you ever do run out of battery. This can help you to locate the nearest chargepoint, and even though you cannot fill up a can with petrol and get back on the roads again, you can find the nearest recovery vehicle to get you to the nearest chargepoint.
Here’s What To Do…
Certain EVs have more advanced technology, other than your common SAT-NAV. The Nissan Leaf, has a ‘Turtle Mode’ which is created when you run out of battery to push you to get an extra few miles before the battery completely dies.
Another thing to consider is that, due to advances in technology and battery life, every year there will continue to be improvements in battery efficiency, allowing you to drive further without the worry of running out of charge.
You can also buy battery packs in case you do run out, and that way you don’t have to pay the charge of a recovery vehicle and you can power straight back up. Some packs can charge for up to another 350 miles, and with a charging time of 1 hour and 30 minutes it’s a great way to be protected.
Another brilliant advancement in technology that can help you if you run out of charge are EV adaptors. If you know you’re running short on battery and need a quick boost, but aren’t near a suitable chargepoint matched to your car, these adapters can really help you out. All you have to do is change the head on the adapter, to the one suited to your EV, and then plug it in as normal into the chargepoint. There are plenty of adaptors to purchase on Amazon for various cars.
If you’re looking at buying an EV, now that we’ve convinced you that the battery life is reliable and that there is technology out there available as a backup plan. We can provide you with both business and home chargepoints, suited for you. Get in touch today for true expert advice and knowledge on all things EV…