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A GUIDE TO POPULAR ELECTRIC VEHICLES

The EV market and range of electric cars is rapidly evolving. All major car manufacturers offer electric cars. Some cars are designed from scratch (BMW I3) whilst others are derived from existing cars (VW Golf E).

Zero c02 emissions ev company SurreyThe following is intended as a general guide to the market place and some of its key players. Before making any purchasing decision, the specification of individual cars must be checked in detail. For example, early Nissan Leafs had fast and rapid charging options but they had to be specified. It can be difficult to establish the precise build of some electric cars.

If you buy from EV Specialists we will ensure you receive a detailed specification, so you know exactly what you are buying.

VehicleBatteryReal-world
Range (Miles)
YearCharge
Time
Nissan Leaf24 kWh852011-20163 pin - 10 hrs to 100%
Wall box - 6 hrs to 100%
Rapid - 30 mins to 80%
Nissan Leaf30 kWh1052016 on3 pin - 12 hrs to 100%
Wall box - 7.5hrs to 100%
Rapid - 30 mins to 80%
Nissan Leaf40 kWh1452018 on3 pin - 21 hrs to 100%
Wall box - 10 hrs to 100%
Rapid - 50 mins to 80%
BMW i322 kWh902014-2016
BMW i3 REX22 kWh80 electric +
80 petrol
2014-2016
BMW i333.2 kWh1402016 on3 pin - 14 hours to 100%
Wallbox - 5 hours to 100%
Rapid - 30 mins to 80%
BMW i3 REX33.2 kWh120 elec +
80 petrol
2016 on3 pin - 14 hours to 100%
Wallbox - 5 hours to 100%
Rapid - 30 mins to 80%
Tesla Model S60 - 100 kWh200 - 3002014 on3 pin - 36 hours to 100%
Wallbox - 10-16 hours to 100%
Rapid - 30 mins to 80%
Tesla Model S60 - 100 kWh200 - 3002014 on3 pin - 36 hours to 100%
Wallbox - 10-16 hours to 100%
Rapid - 30 mins to 80%
VW Golf E26.5 kWh8020143 pin - 17 hrs to 100%
Wallbox 5.3 hours to 100%
Rapid 40 mins to 80%
35.8 kWh1502017 on
Renault Zoe22 kWh802013-2015
22 kWh1002015 on
41 kWh1902016 on3 pin - 30 hrs to 100%
Wallbox 8.5 hrs to 100%
Rapid - 1 hr to 80%
Mitsubishi
Outlander PHEV
13.8 kWh30
350 (petrol)
3 pin - 5 hrs to 100%
Wallbox - 3.5 hrs to 100%
Rapid - 30 mins to 80%

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Nissan Leaf

A compact 5 door/5 seat hatchback designed from scratch and introduced to the UK market in 2011. Generally considered to be the first mass volume electric car. Currently the world’s biggest selling electric car.
Initially sold with a 24 kwh battery giving a real world range of circa 85 miles.

Upgraded to 30 kwh battery in model year 2016 giving real world range of circa 105 miles. Upgraded again in 2018 to 40 kwh giving a real world range of 145 miles.
Likely introduction of 60 kwh battery version in 2019/2020.
Sold in various trim levels and with various options.

Slow, fast and rapid charge options (some standard, some optional) Annual servicing.
New car warranty 3 years/60k miles
Engine and inverter warranty 5 years/60k miles

Battery and drivetrain warranty varies from 5 – 8 years according to specification but mostly based retaining at least 9 performace bars out of 12.

     NCAP 5 start safety rating

 

Tesla Model S

A 5 door/5 seat luxury saloon with liftback rear opening introduced to the UK in 2014. Available in a wide range of battery, performance, and drivetrain options. Real world range varies from below 200 miles to more than 300 miles.
Outsold the Nissan Leaf in 2015 and 2016, which for a premium product is an amazing achievement. Currently 2nd in world sales to Nissan Leaf.

Highly desirable options include panoramic sun-roof and auto pilot. 60 kwh battery
70kwh
75kwh

80kwh
90kwh
100kwh

Dual motor (4 wheel drive) Performance version

Tesla have their own super charging network. Many cars have free super charging for life, and this appears to be transferable to 2nd and subsequent owners, 4 year/50k miles new car warranty.

Drivetrain and battery warranty 8 years/either unlimited mileage, or some versions limited by mileage.

 

     NCAP safety rating 5 stars

Mercedes Benz B Class Electric Drive

A premium compact 5 door/5 seat hatchback derived from the petrol- and diesel-powered model. Introduced to the UK market in 2016 with a 22kwh battery delivering a real-world range of circa 100 miles.

Hyundai Kona
Hyundai Ioniq
Kia Soul
VW E UP
Smart for two
Jaguar I pace

BMW i3

A premium compact 5 door/4 seat hatchback designed from scratch and introduced to the UK market in 2014. Uniquely, it has a carbon fibre tub construction for strength and lightness. Range extender option (REX – see below). Highy regarded by motoring journalists. Generally considered to be a ‘driver’s car’.

Initially sold with 22kwh battery giving a real-world range of 90 miles.
Upgraded to 33.2kwh in model year 2017. This upgrade applies to UK cars registered from circa August 2016. Real-world range circa 140 miles.

Rapid charging facility delivers 80% charge in 39 minutes
0-60mph in 7.2 seconds, top speed limited to 93 mph.
BMW general warranty 3 years/unlimited miles. 8 year/100,000 mile on battery and drive unit
Service scheduling appears to be every 2 years (advised by car display). This is primarily a diagnostic check as there is no starter, fuel system, engine oil, air filter, oil filter or clutch to take care of (unless you specify the REX range extender – see below).
Service packs are available for 3 years/36000 miles for £239 (source Parkers Guide) covering parts and labour.

All BMW I3 models are available with a REX range extender option. This is a 647cc petrol engine generating 34 hp which can be switched on at the driver’s discretion to keep the batteries charged whilst on the move. This adds an extra 80 miles approximately to the range. It can be a useful option but it does add weight which reduces the battery-only range, reduces acceleration, and will add considerably to servicing costs (see above). Many users report they regret buying this option as they never use it., and this causes problems with the fuel (petrol) becoming stale. Some reported warranty problems with water ingress.

    NCAP 4 star safety rating. Downgraded from 5 stars primarily because of pedestrian safety.

Volkswagen Golf E and GTE/Audi e-tron

The Golf E is a 5 door/5 seat compact hatchback derived from the standard petrol- and diesel- powered version. Introduced to the UK in 2014.

26.5 kwh battery Initial versions had a real-world range of circa 80 miles
Upgraded in model year 2017 to 35.8 kwh battery with a real-world range of circa 150 miles

Also available as a GTE plug in hybrid version (and the Audi e-tron equivalent). 8.8 kwh battery and 1.4 TSI petrol engine. Capable of 30 mile real world range when driven on electric only.

Renault Zoe

A sub-compact 5 door/5 seat hatchback designed from scratch and introduced to the UK market in 2013. Its major market is in France which accounts for circa 50% sales.

Initially sold with 22kwh battery giving a real-world range of circa 80 miles
Upgraded with new engine in 2015 which gave an increase in range of circa 20 miles Upgraded in October 2016 with optional 41 kwh battery giving a real-world range of 190 miles

Batteries are leased (straightforward transfer of lease to 2nd and subsequent owners)

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