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EV at Ignition

Posted by Neil Harrison on 19th August 2016

Taking on the roar of an F1 engine

We recently took our Electric Vehicle stand to the Ignition Festival that was taking place in Glasgow. Ignition took place over a full weekend and offered attendees the opportunity to view displays of classic cars, supercars, rally cars, motorcycles and other extreme vehicles. The event also included appearances from Mark Webber, David Coulthard, the Red Bull Racing Formula One Team and the Top Gear Stunt Team.

Our mission was to inform and educate this audience on the benefits of switching to an EV. So what did an audience of car enthusiasts or petrol heads want to know about EVs? The stand was busy everyday with a whole range of questions. The top 5 were:

What range of miles can the car cover?

Current pure electric vehicles typically have a range of around 80-100 miles depending on use and driving style. However, this is increasing as the technology continues to improve. The first mass-market Tesla is anticipated to have a range of around 200 miles. Plus, it is important to note that on average car journeys are under 10 miles, well within the range of an EV.

What is the battery lifespan?

Manufacturers expect batteries to last approximately 8-10 years before they are no longer able to hold sufficient charge to adequately power a vehicle.

Will on street parking/charging eventually come with a cost?

At present the vast majority of public charge points are free to use. The Scottish Government will continue to invest in ChargePlace Scotland and work with hosts to develop it to support both current and future electric vehicle drivers. We recognise that in due course, reasonable tariffs will be required to ensure the sustainability of the network as a commercial market develops. However, drivers can always charge at home at a much lower cost per mile than fossil fuels. Grants are available to install a home charge point.

How does the performance of an EV compare?

Electric vehicles have instant torque so outperform most petrol and diesel cars in terms of acceleration, but the most common response from EV drivers is about how much fun they are to drive. This post on Go Ultra Low captures the thoughts of a number of EV owners.

Are car parts a lot more expensive to replace?

Typically, the maintenance costs of an EV are lower as there are fewer moving parts and fewer fluids to change. Also, the regenerative braking converts some of the vehicle’s kinetic energy into electrical energy, helping to increase range and reduce wear and tear on the brakes.

Overall, the response to switching to an EV was positive and many of the myths that visitos to the stand held were well and truly busted. If you want to know about switching to an EV and the range of cars available, please visit our EV page.

If you want to know more about EVs, have a test drive of the much in demand TESLA and are in the Aberdeen area, there is an event for you on the 17th September at the AECC.