Real-World Variability. What Affects Range?

The WLTP test is performed in controlled test conditions to provide customers the ability to see a like-for-like comparison.
In the real world, as with petrol or diesel vehicles, there are multiple factors that influence and impact range performance:

How long to charge? Depending on the type of electrified vehicle you drive and the charging method you choose, charging times will vary. For instance, a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) won’t take as long as a fully electric vehicle because it relies mainly on fuel. Conversely, a 100% electric vehicle (EV) will take longer because it’s powered purely by electricity.
Socketed – four hours With a dedicated domestic wallbox (rated at 7 kW), you’ll achieve faster charging speeds via your car’s charging cable.
Tethered – one hour Many public access points feature a cable that’s already connected (or tethered), which means your default charging cable isn’t required. These types of connectors offer rapid charging speeds – typically, rated at 50 kW and higher.

Where Can I Charge my Electric Vehicle?

EVs and PHEVs allow for a range of charging options, allowing you to do so out and about, at home and at work.


Public Chargers

Currently, there are more than 26,800 public charging locations around the UK – and this figure is growing all the time.

From Home

We work alongside CDS Electrical - an experienced and premier installer of vehicle charging points in the south east of England - to provide a range of charging options to suit you. From commercial outlets to domestic solutions, we will be able to quickly and effortlessly install the correct charging point to meet your needs.

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From work

If your employer provides electric vehicle charging provision, you’ll be able to make use of slow, 3 kW charging speeds at worst and fast-charging 7 kW connectors at best.

Benefits of electric

There are plenty of sound reasons for making the switch to electric. For instance, a fully electric car produces zero harmful emissions while a plug-in hybrid produces considerably fewer emissions than a regular car. Also, you won’t be charged for driving your vehicle in areas where there’s a levy on the production of excess harmful emissions, such as London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).

Maintenance costs A purely electric vehicle tends to be more affordable to maintain because its electric drivetrain possesses fewer working parts than a standard combustion engine. This means that it’s less likely to malfunction.
Government assistance The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) offers grant assistance to private motorists and business users who buy electric vehicles or install charging points.
Daily Usage Costs In relative terms, electricity is cheaper than fuel, which means that you’ll quickly benefit from everyday savings when driving an EV. The same is true of a PHEV, which is significantly more efficient than a combustion-engined equivalent.
Ford Electric & Hybrid Range
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Contact Us If you’d like to know more about how a Ford electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle can enhance your motoring experience, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your local Birchwood Ford team.