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Basic Guide To Buying Your First EV

Here we take a basic look at choosing an electric car and what options are currently out there for you. Here in DoneDeal we are in the process of putting many informative articles together, which take each of these topics into more detail. In essence we answer the basics here to assist you in making a choice when it comes to purchasing a new or used EV through DoneDeal.


What factors should you consider when buying an electric car?


The main factors to consider are range and charging. You need to work out your daily/weekly commute and make sure an electric vehicle is the right option for your needs. You must also factor in where and when the vehicle will be charged? Will you be in a position to charge the vehicle at home over night or will work provide you with the facility to charge whilst parked up. Once you understand these basic needs then really it gets much easier to make a decision. Electric cars are moving at such a pace that people now get the entire week out of a single charge. Again it depends on what journey you undertake but most electric vehicles can now cover 250 kilometers on a single charge rising upwards of 500 kilometers depending on the type of vehicle.


What are the 4 main types of electric vehicles?


Right now you can pick from a (HEV) which, in essence is a Hybrid Electric Vehicle and the most common type of hybrid on Irish roads. They have been around for many years and the most common example of a vehicle using this powertrain would be the Toyota Prius. Next we have (MHEV) or Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicles, which are becoming increasingly popular. By using a small 48V battery and electric motor to increase the efficiency of their internal combustion engine the electric motor can power nonessential features such as air conditioning or the radio. Be aware, the savings can be minimal with this option! Next we have (PHEV) or Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle, which has been with us for a good few years now. PHEV’s split the difference between battery electric vehicles and normal combustion power by having a battery powered electric motor that is recharged via an external plug. This is probably the best of both worlds’. Finally lets look at the (BEV), or full Battery Electric Vehicle which is powered entirely by electricity, meaning no engine as a backup. Instead, it has one or more electric motors powered by a larger onboard battery usually located deep in the floor pan.


Is there any reason I shouldn't buy an electric car?


Generally it’s hard to advise against buying an electric vehicle because the technology is moving so fast we tend to believe it is the future of mobility here in DoneDeal. With that said if you do massive mileage, live in an apartment block with no charging facilities at home or in work, then maybe you should reconsider. Other than that, there might be a few leisure activities that might not suit EV owners such as boating, large caravans etc that go beyond the towing capacity of electric vehicles. If you see yourself in this situation then perhaps combustion-powered vehicles will suit you better.

What is the performance like compared to my combustion car?


In general the performance of an electric vehicle far exceeds that of a combustion powered car. With fewer moving parts, the surge of linear power is somewhat addictive as they accelerate to the speed limit with ease. We have yet to drive an EV and be left wanting more power! As a tool for the daily commute, driving an EV becomes intuitive with that simple on/off delivery of power.


How long do batteries last in electric cars?


The manufacturers’ warranty on the battery components is generally between 5 to 8 years. Some automakers offer extended warranties on the batteries but if you are buying new through our trusted dealer network then battery life more than likely won’t be an issue. If you are buying used with big mileage it might be worth looking into a battery health check with a main dealer.


Should I buy new or second hand?


If you are in a position to buy new then this probably is the best option. As mentioned previously, the technology is moving at an alarming rate so what seems like a good deal on a used 5-year-old electric vehicle might be fast redundant in the range stakes as newer versions tend to go further, faster and manage range more efficiently. This is the world we currently live in.


What savings am I likely to make?


Aside from the major petrol and diesel savings you can currently benefit from cheaper road tax, discounted toll crossings and also maintenance bills. Electric cars have very few consumables so you are not replacing oil, plugs, clutch components, belts etc. It’s more just maintaining tyres, brakes, wiper fluids etc.


What do I do next?


Well if you believe an electric vehicle is the right move for you then it’s time to click here to view the current range of electric vehicles for sale in Ireland through our trusted dealer network.

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