Electric cars – making the switch
Interest in electric cars is growing – thanks to more and better choices than ever before. As the infrastructure (more charging points in cities) improves and with certain government subsidies, people are increasingly making the switch to zero tailpipe emission driving.
The pure-electric Volt
- Electric motor always powers your drive
- Travel up to 300 miles before recharging
- Stylish and super safe
Did you know? More than one kind of electric car.
In fact there are 3 main types of electric car:
- Battery electric vehicle (B-EV). These cars are run by an electric motor with energy stored in battery pack. The vehicle’s range is dependent on the battery and its storage capabilities. Once the battery power is used up, it has to be recharged before the car can be driven again – something that may take several hours to complete.
- Hybrid electric vehicle (H-EV). These cars have 2 power sources: a petrol/diesel engine, plus an electric engine. The electric motor usually supplements the petrol/diesel engine but it can also power the car on its own for a short distance. The battery is usually charged through normal driving, but “plug-in” versions (charged in a similar way to B-EVs) are available and offer increased versatility thanks to larger capacity batteries.
- Extended range electric vehicle (E-REV). These cars have an electric engine as the main drive unit, which powers the vehicle 100% of the time. The difference is that extended range electric vehicles have a small on-board generator (generally, a petrol/diesel engine) which seamlessly provides power to the electric drive unit when the battery charge is depleted. This extends the car´s range to several hundred kilometres. So, it’s like an electric vehicle with the range of a hybrid.
Chevrolet Volt – an Extended Range Electric Vehicle
Voted 2012 European Car of the Year, the Chevrolet Volt is an electric car that you can use for any journey, without worrying about running low on charge. Once the battery is depleted – after 40-80km (depending on your driving style) – the on-board petrol generator kicks in seamlessly to extend the Volt’s total range to up to 500km. You barely notice.
Visit the Volt model section for much more information. You can also watch the Volt video to get a feel of what it’s like to own and drive this amazing car.