10 Electric Car Myths, Busted

Electric cars have grown hugely in popularity over recent years, with more than 212,000 plug-in electric vehicles registered in the UK up to the end of 2018.

However, there’s still a fair bit of confusion around these vehicles. We’ve spotlighted the 12 best hybrid and electric cars to buy in 2019 elsewhere, but if you’re still not convinced that electric is the way to go, this article might just help you see things differently.

Keep reading to see 10 of the biggest myths around electric cars busted…

1. It’s too soon to be driving an electric car

It’s always a bit of a risk to take the plunge on new technology, particularly if you’d be one of the first to use it, but electric vehicles (EVs) have been on the market for a number of years now, so there’s really nothing to worry about.

On top of that, the most popular EVs are manufactured by some of the world’s best car makers, so you’re in safe hands whichever one you choose.

2. Electric vehicles don’t have enough range for my day-to-day life

Where exactly does your day-to-day life take you? For most of us, it’s a short commute to work, or running errands in the local area. Even on a busy day of to-ing and fro-ing, you’d be surprised if you covered more than 100 miles.

The vast majority of EVs advertise a total range of well over 100 miles, with some even tipping 250 miles before the batteries go flat.

What about tomorrow though, right? Think of an EV like you would a smartphone – plug it in before you go to bed, and those batteries will be full up by the morning, ready for another day of driving!

3. Electric cars are slow

If you think electric cars are slow, you clearly haven’t driven one! Unlike petrol and diesel engines which will only reach maximum power at a certain number of revs, an electric car’s full power is usually available immediately. Put pedal to metal and you’ll get everything the batteries have to give!

To give you an example, the Kia e-Nirodashes to 60mph in a spritely 7.5 seconds – identical to a Volkswagen Golf GTD, so you needn’t worry about holding traffic up.

4. There aren’t many models to choose from

The majority of manufacturers now offer at least one electric or hybrid vehicle, and in fact, many are now offering hybrid or electric versions of their most-loved vehicles.

Kia, for example, have an electric or hybrid version available in three model line-ups; the Soul EV, Optima Sportwagon Plug-in Hybrid, and soon-to-be-released e-Niro are all different shapes and sizes, giving you plenty of choice.

5. The charging infrastructure isn’t good enough yet

Charging at home is one thing, but what about when you want to go on a long journey? You will need to charge at a public charge point, but just how often will you come across one?

Just like all new things, driving an electric vehicle will require some minor adjustments in the way you’d approach a long journey. Using a website like ZapMap – and the fantastic route planner on their app – you can chart your path from point to point while also factoring in stop-offs to charge your vehicle.

Take one look at the ZapMap site, and you’ll see just how many charge points there are across the country. According to their stats, there are 11,177 charging points in 6771 locations, and hundreds of new ones are installed each month.

Right now, there’s definitely a concentration in urban areas, but as EVs become increasingly commonplace, more and more chargepoints will appear. There’s no doubt they’ll be as widespread as petrol stations before too long.

6. Electric vehicles take too long to charge

Just like charging any other battery, the length of time it takes to reach full capacity depends on the rating of the charger itself.

Different charge points or charging methods will have different charging speeds. What you need to look for is the kilowatt number on the charging point. Basically, the higher the number, the faster it will charge the battery.

Rapid chargers are rated at 43kW or more, which can charge the majority of EVs up to 80% in less than an hour.

At the bottom of the scale are slow chargers, which are rated for up 3kW. These are best for overnight charging, since fully charging via this method can take up to 12 hours.

7. EVs and plug-ins are too expensive to buy

It’s true that there isn’t yet a ‘budget’ option in the EV/plug-in sector, but there are plenty of options at a range of price-points.

The smart EQ fortwo, for example, is available for a shade over £20k. For that, you get funky personality and a seventy-mile range from the 96 on-board Lithium-Ion battery cells.

At the top end of the market, there’s the Jaguar I-PACE – a heavenly marriage between design and technology that has seen the model win awards from all walks of industry. The all-electric Jaguar will set you back around £65,000.

8. I can’t drive an electric car in the rain

We know – electricity and water are not a good match. Fortunately for you, car manufacturers are aware of that fact, and have given batteries and electronic workings plenty of insulation to ensure that their vehicles are absolutely weather-tight, so you can rest easy driving in the rain, sleet, or snow.

9. Using the radio and AC in my car will drain the battery

Well, yes. But have you noticed how your fuel economy takes a hit when you turn the air-conditioning on in a petrol-powered car?

All features of a car draw power, and electric vehicles are no different. Turn the AC off and you’ll see power consumption drop and range increase. It’s just maths.

10. My utility bill will skyrocket if I charge at home

It’s true that your monthly electricity bill will rise if you start charging a whole car off your home’s circuit.

But don’t forget, charging at home has two key benefits.

One, you don’t need to travel to ‘refuel’ your car, and two, by switching to an electric vehicle, you no longer have to spend money on expensive petrol or diesel on the forecourt.

Believe us, the numbers really do stack up in favour of an electric vehicle.

Sold on the idea of an electric car? Need some guidance about which one is right for you? Check out our post – Which hybrid/electric vehicle suits your lifestyle?

The 14 Best Luxury Cars You Can Buy in 2019

The latest luxury cars offer an irresistible combination of comfort, cutting-edge tech, speed and style – so there’s never been a better time to get an upgrade.

Here’s our pick of the most luxurious cars you can buy in 2019, ordered by engine size.

Maserati Ghibli

Blue Maserati Ghibli

Engine size: 2,987cc

Transmission: Semi-Auto

0-60mph: 6.3s

Essentially a sized-down version of the Quattroporte limo, this executive saloon is Maserati biggest seller in the UK. With a dramatic, standout look, the Ghibli boasts hydraulic steering and an eight-speed gearbox. Inside, there’s comfortable, armchair-style seating that makes the car incredibly comfortable to travel in, a leather-topped dashboard and an 8.4-inch infotainment system.

Maserati Levante

Silver Maserati Levante on a riverbank

Engine size: 2,987cc

Transmission: Semi-Auto

0-60mph: 6.9s

Launched in 2016, the Levante marks a departure for Maserati as its first-ever SUV, and opens up the brand to a whole new group of buyers. Offering smooth and refined performance, it features an eight-speed automatic gearbox and Integrated Vehicle control, an ESP system that proactively adjusts against sliding for a near-seamless intervention. DAB and sat-nav come as standard, all controlled from an easy-to-use touchscreen.

Porsche 911

Silver Porsche 911 in front of mountains at sunrise

Engine size: 3,000 or 4,000cc

Transmission: Manual

0-62mph: 3.7s

First introduced in 1963, the Porsche 911 has evolved and improved with each new iteration. The eighth generation – the 992 version – is launching in March 2019, and promises to represent a huge leap forward in terms of performance, technology and practicality, but still with those unique, tried and tested rear-engine dynamics.

Aston Martin Vantage

Yellow Aston Martin Vantage

Engine size: 3,982cc

Transmission: Semi-Auto

0-60mph: 3.6s

It may be Aston Martin’s smallest sports car, but the Vantage’s looks and eye-watering acceleration make it a more than worthy competitor to the Porsche 911. Named ‘Sports Car of the Year’ in The Sunday Times Motor Awards 2018, the Vantage looks incredible and is powered by a tweaked version of the Mercedes-sourced 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8.

Aston Martin DB11

Silver/grey Aston Martin DB11 2019

Engine size: 3,982cc

Transmission: Semi-Auto

0-62mph: 3.9s

First launched in 2016 as a replacement for the long-running DB9, the DB11 is the most powerful and efficient of Aston’ Martin’s ‘DB’ range. The latest versions are driven by a twin-turbocharged V12 engine that’s more efficient than its predecessors, and can speed the car from 0 to 62mph in just 3.9 seconds. The dampers can control wheel movement, meaning that the DB11 also boasts sharp, responsive handling.

Bentley Continental GT

Orange Bentley Continental GT overlooking city

Engine size: 3,993cc

Transmission: Semi-Auto

0-60mph: 4.6s

One of Bentley’s most popular models, the Continental GT is powered by a W12 twin turbo engine that produces 635PS and can speed from 0-60 in 3.6 seconds. The long wheelbase and forward-leaning stance gives the car a distinctive posture. Inside, there’s a 12.3″ touchscreen infotainment system and 10 speaker audio system, and you can take your pick from 15 premium grade interior colours to truly make the GT your own.

Bentley Continental GTC

White Bentley Continental GTC with top down

Engine size: 3,993cc

Transmission: Semi-Auto

0-60mph: 4.7s

The latest version of the Continental GT Convertible is leaner and lower than its predecessors. The sculpted aluminium body undulates beautifully, with the design line sweeping up from the side panels and around the seats in a single, fluid curve. The four-layer insulated roof keeps out the cold weather when needed, and when the top’s down, you can activate the integrated seat neck warmer so you can enjoy convertible motoring even on chillier days.

Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

Wine red Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

Engine size: 5,204cc

Transmission: Semi-Auto

0-60mph: 3.2s

Aston Martin have made developments to the DBS Superleggera’s 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 engine to produce 716bhp and 900Nm, making it the brand’s second most powerful production car to date – it’s able to accelerate from 0-60mph in 3.2 seconds, with a top speed of 211mph. A 360-degree camera, park assist, Bluetooth, keyless entry and a leather and Alcantara interior is included as standard.

Rolls-Royce Wraith

Dark grey Rolls-Royce Wraith driving through desert

Engine size: 6,592cc

Transmission: Automatic

0-60mph: 4.6s

The Wraith is a shorter but more powerful two-door version of the Rolls-Royce Ghost. Power comes from a 6.6-litre twin-turbo V12 engine and this exceptional car comes complete with Rolls-Royce’s much-praised eight-speed ZF auto, which monitors the sat-nav’s reading of the road ahead and selects an appropriate gear for the prevailing conditions.

Rolls-Royce Ghost

Blue and silver Rolls-Royce Ghost

Engine size: 6,592cc

Transmission: Automatic

0-60mph: 4.7s

The Ghost shares the same floating steering wheel and rear-hinged back doors as the Phantom and is based on a stretched version of the BMW 7 Series platform. But, make no mistake, it remains its own unique proposition. The beautiful interior is finished in chrome, leather, brushed aluminium and wood veneers, and thorough soundproofing throughout guarantees a peaceful ride, every time.

Rolls-Royce Dawn

Red Rolls-Royce Dawn 2019

Engine size: 6,592cc

Transmission: Automatic
0-60mph: 5.2s

The Dawn is the quietest open-top car ever made, and the Rolls-Royce’s most powerful drophead. This four-seat convertible is built around the same wheelbase, twin-turbocharged 6.6-litre V12 engine and eight-speed automatic gearbox as the Wraith, ensuring a smooth, soundless drive. Plus the roof opens and retracts in a speedy 20 seconds.

Rolls-Royce Cullinan

Red Rolls-Royce Cullinan 2019

Engine size: 6,700cc

Transmission: Automatic

0-60mph: 5s

Rolls-Royce’s first ever custom-built luxury SUV takes its name from the most flawless diamond ever found and offers unrivalled performance combined with distinctive styling. Powerful acceleration is delivered via the 563bhp 6.75-litre twin-turbo V12 engine. The cockpit-style dashboard is expertly designed to be both stylish and practical, and soundproofing throughout ensures you’ll always enjoy a calm, quiet drive.

Rolls-Royce Phantom

Silver Rolls-Royce Phantom 2019

Engine size: 6,749cc

Transmission: Automatic

0-60mph: 5.6s

The Phantom really is the absolute pinnacle of luxury. Rolls-Royce claims to have reduced cabin noise by up to 75% in the newest version of this limousine, and it also sits half an inch further from the road than its predecessor. All this means you feel genuinely apart from the outside world when you’re travelling in this elegant 5.76-metre-long car.

Bentley Mulsanne

Bentley Mulsanne driving through city

Engine size: 6,750cc

Transmission: Automatic

0-60mph: 5.1s

This range-topping saloon is supremely powerful and built to the highest possible standard. The spacious cabin boasts diamond quilted leather seats, veneered panelling, a 14-speaker sound system with Digital Signal Processing, and a pre-programming system that allows you to save your driving preferences. Both Mulsanne and Mulsanne Speed models are available, each powered by the exceptionally smooth yet powerful V8 engine.

If you’re looking for something even more unique, take a look at The Tordoff Collection – our exclusive selection of luxury, classic and supercars you won’t find anywhere else.  

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