IS AN EV RIGHT FOR ME?
Because of the small size of the islands, range anxiety is almost unheard of and this makes EV's very well well suited for most islanders.
However currently one of the main factors that affects the decision to buy, hire or lease an EV is whether one has access to a driveway or garage at home as this is where most EV owners tend to charge the vehicle. Charging is done by plugging into a mains socket supply with a cable, normally supplied with the the car. In the case of street parking, there are several options. Firstly, if your work place has parking spaces, it may be possible to fit a charging outlet or secondly you can try and ask your States department to install a charging point on the street near your home. When it comes to fitting a charging point at your home, any qualified electrician can install a 3 pin socket or dedicated charging socket for your electric vehicle.
In terms of purchsing an EV, the global market for EV's is still relatively small and young compared to fossil fuel vehicles so the prices will partly reflect this. However there are now used EV's on the market from £5,000 upwards. As the market develops, more choice will become available. The Gallery shows most current models and a few no longer in production. For the latest reviews visit nextgreencar.com which gives full data on fuel economy. For reviews on EV's
Electric cars share some similarities to automatics in that there is no clutch but the driving performance is smoother. They usually only need a single gear, giving very even acceleration and deceleration for a smooth ride. With an electric motor, full power is available from the first instance, making these vehicles very nippy around town. They are also quiet, with no need to explode petrol or diesel under the bonnet so there is no engine noise. On depressing the accelerator, an EV initially moves very quietly. From the inside it appears to be silent, almost like being inside aeroplane but there is a slight whirring sound audible from the exterior. Because it's almost silent inside the car, you feel more aware of your surroundings. Cyclists and pedestrians can still hear you approaching but it's not overly noisy. EV's are safe, practical and well proven in many communities.
In a small island with a lot of stop start driving, an electric vehicle really comes into its own. There is no engine idling or unecessary revving and of course no exhaust fumes released into the atmosphere. Most electric vehicles have excellent acceleration and high torque (especially at lower speeds) and are more than capable of holding their own. Some electric cars like the Renault Twizy and microcar are classed as quadricycles due to their limited weight and have a maximum speed of 50mph. Electric cars can also be designed as high performance vehicles; a BMW i3 has competed in the Island’s Hill Climb and an electric car broke the record for the fastest accelerating car in the world, achieving 0-62 mph in 1.779 seconds in 2015!
Maintenance is simple with a pure electric vehicle as there is no transmission system, no pistons, cylinders or exhaust system. The regenerative brakes in a hybrid are only used for heavy braking creating less wear. A hybrid has an engine or generator so will entail a little more servicing. The batteries in many new models are now guaranteed for between 5 and 8 years or leased under a lifetime warantee.