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How does an electric car work?
The way in which an electric car functions differs fundamentally from that of a vehicle with a combustion engine in that the motor of an electric car is not powered by fuel but exclusively by electricity. This electricity is stored in a battery, the capacity of which helps determine the range, in other words, the distance that can be covered with one battery charge.
What advantages does an electric car have?
An electric car has many advantages; it is emission-free while driving and depending on your average annual mileage, it may work out cheaper than a conventional petrol or diesel car. The BMW i3 and BMW i3s have a Category 1 rating, so you can receive a £3,000 government grant towards the cost of purchasing one. Plus, for business use, BMW i3 models have a BIK tax rate of 0% for 2020. The driving experience also offers unique benefits, including the instant torque, which adds extra thrills into every journey while delivering minimal engine noise.
Is support provided for the purchase of an electric car?
In the UK, a Government plug-in grant is available for vehicles which emit less than 50g/km of CO2 and can travel at least 70 miles emission free, which means that the BMW i3 and BMW i3s are both eligible. The value of the grant is up to 35% of the purchase price of the vehicle up to £3,000, for those vehicles costing less than £50,000.
Who is an electric car suitable for: families, commuters, city drivers?
Who an electric car is suitable for depends on the driver’s particular preferences – with an average range of several hundred miles, BMW electric cars can definitely exist both in urban and commuter traffic. A BMW i3 or BMW i3s with four seats is a suitable family car as will be the BMW iX3, which is due to launch soon.
What advantages does an electric car have over a hybrid?
A purely electric car has the lowest level of emissions while actually being used, potentially lower running costs when comparing fuel charges to home electricity tariffs, and (for business use) a BIK tax rate of 0% for 2020. However, the combination of combustion engine and electric drive means that a plug-in hybrid can in fact achieve a higher overall range than an electric car.