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 does an EV take 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.
Currently, there are more than 26,800 public charging locations around the UK – and this figure is growing all the time.
More than 80% of EV/PHEV owners charge their vehicles at home. You can do so by connecting your car to a standard three-pin socket or a specially installed wallbox.
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).