Electric Cars FAQs


Have a question about electric cars that isn't answered here? Get in touch and our knowledgeable teams will be able to answer them for you.

Which electric car has the longest range?

Currently Tesla lead the way when it comes to range, with their Model S Long Range offering a 375-mile (WLTP) range. At Lookers we're delighted to stock some of the electric cars with a long range like the Jaguar I-Pace (292-mile range WLTP), the Kia e-Niro (282-mile range WLTP) and the Hyundai Kona Electric (279-mile range WLTP). 

(Source: https://www.carmagazine.co.uk/electric/longest-range-electric-cars-ev/)

How much does it cost to charge an electric car?

When charging your electric car at home, the cost to you will depend on your current energy tariff so it pays to make sure you're on the best deal. To calculate the cost you could multiply the size of the battery (kWh) in your preferred electric car and multiply this by the electricity cost (pence per kilowatt hour). Some providers also provide special deals to electric car owners like cheaper off-peak electricity.

When out and about, the cost to charge on public charge points can also depend on the charge point network and the location. Zap Map offer online calculators for home charging and public charging to give you an idea of how much it might cost you.

How long does it take to charge an electric car?

The length of time it takes to charge an electric car will depend on the size of the battery and the charging method and can be anywhere between 12 hours and 30 minutes. For example, the Audi e-tron can be fully charged at 11kW per hour in 8.9 hours, while at a 150kW DC charging station it can be charged 100% in just 50 minutes. Using a home charging point most cars will take several hours to reach 100% charge from empty, but if you charge overnight this shouldn't be an issue. To estimate the time needed you can divide the car battery size by the charging speed.

What's the average speed and acceleration of an electric car?

Speed and acceleration vary across all car brands, as they would in traditional petrol and diesel models. The Jaguar I-Pace has a top speed of 124mph with an acceleration time of 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds while the Renault ZOE has a top speed of around 84mph and accelerates from 0 to 60 in around 13.5 seconds.

Why are electric cars so small?

Electric cars now come in a range of sizes including electric SUVs that make the perfect family car so this simply isn't true!

Why are electric cars so expensive?

While an electric car may have a list price higher than its equivalent petrol or diesel model, you'll find that an electric car can be much cheaper to own and run for most drivers when compared to a traditional petrol or diesel car over a few years. At Lookers we offer various finance options across our New and Approved Used electric car range, you may be surprised at just how affordable an electric car can be.

Are there any all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive electric cars?

Of course! Lookers have a wide range including the Jaguar I-Pace and Audi e-tron, take a look at our available stock here.

Are there any Government grants available for electric cars?

In the UK there is a Government grant available that discounts the price of a brand new low emission vehicle. The current maximum grant available is £3,000 and depends on which category the vehicle is in. Find out more at https://www.gov.uk/plug-in-car-van-grants

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