Automotive

Electric Cars – Latest Technology & Insurance Policy Needed

Electric Vehicles are the future and every year car manufacturers are adding new electric vehicles to their own vehicle range. Owning an electric vehicle means spending less money maintaining and servicing it. Electric cars can use renewable energy to charge, and they are better for the environment as they cause no pollution to the environment. The fast adoption of technology is the advancements in new electric vehicles by some of the leading motor manufacturers in the world. Electric cars efficiency and battery life is becoming more advanced all the time so this will allow their travel distances to become more viable for a broad range of personal uses and businesses.

What is an EV (Electric Vehicle)?

All electric vehicles run on electricity only and are powered by an electric battery motor instead of an internal combustion engine. The vehicle is powered by a large traction battery pack. It must be plugged in and charged at a wall outlet using specific charging cables and equipment. The hybrid electric vehicle uses both fuel and electric battery power to drive it. There are even some very convincing small scale kids electric cars models that are growing in popularity, allowing the younger generation to be familiar with EVs.

The latest electric vehicles 

Audi E Tron 

Dive into the exciting world with the all-new Audi E Tron their first all-electric vehicle. The all-electric SUV is a safe and sporty vehicle that is suitable for everyday living and driving. There are 2 different types of this vehicle the Audi e-Tron 55 Quattro and the Audi e-Tron 50 Quattro. The driving range of the 55 Quattro is estimated at 433 kilometers with 300km (408hp) of power. The motor performance is impressive, and the interior is beautifully built. Add your own personal touch by choosing the paint colour. The interior is spacious and of luxurious quality. The motor is a 5-seater, and there is plenty of leg room to enjoy the journey in comfort and style. You can charge it at home or at a variety of charging points. The Audi e-Tron 50 Quattro is available for €77,550 and the Audi e-Tron 55 is available for €88,065.

BMW i3

The all-new BMW i3 is full of innovative technologies, style, and trend setting design for an electrifying electric vehicle driving experience. The futuristic and unique design is miles ahead of any competition. The electric car was designed using carbon fibre to help keep the weight to a minimum. Different driving modes can be selected such as eco pro which gives the i3 the best possible range and the sport mode for a sharper driving experience. The i3 includes 5 different colours to choose from. The interior is spacious, comfortable, and unique. The driving range of the BMW has estimated at 260km with 170hp of power. Charging the car in public fast direct current charging points you can charge the car up to 80% in 45 minutes.

Hyundai Kona 

Enjoy electric driving with efficiency, power, fun, and plenty of range. The KONA platform enables a space saving integration of the battery packs without compromising the room. Express your own style with mix and match 7 exterior colours and 3 roof colours to choose from. The exterior is a muscular sculpted shape and features sleek LED lighting. The KONA offers exceptional comfort and a choice of high-quality materials for a refined and sensuous feel throughout. The Hyundai Kona driving range is up to 449km and a max speed of 167km/h. Drive an impressive and bold SUV and experience real electric driving.

Advancements in EV Technology 

Better batteries 

The demand for electric vehicles is surging and the main vision is to improve all aspects of reliability and performance and produce a better performing battery that matches the performance of conventional petrol or diesel vehicles. The battery in the EV is the most important part. In recent years, charging time has fallen and the range has increased, and this is continuing. The German company Innolith AG announced they are working on producing an electric vehicle battery that will travel a maximum range of 620 miles. Mercedes is making ambitious plans to advance battery technology. The car manufacture is currently working on replacing lithium which will take several years.

Hydrogen 

Car manufacturers like Honda, Toyota, and Hyundai are investing a lot of resources and time into hydrogen fuel cell power for use in vehicles. A UK firm AFC Energy has unveiled a new hydrogen powered rapid charger called CH2ARGE. Compressed hydrogen will be delivered to on site units which can be used to generate electricity. Hydrogen is extracted and then must be compressed in fuel tanks. It must be mixed with oxygen to create electricity to power the motor. Toyota has built hydrogen fuel cell cars.

Wireless Charging 

A trial of charging an electric vehicle wirelessly was announced in Nottingham, UK. Several companies have investigated upscaling to the wireless technology for electric vehicles. Wireless charging allows a vehicle to be charged without cables or wires by creating a magnetic field between 2 electrical circuits, the receiver and the transmitter. Wireless charging eliminates the need for plugging in to charge your car. Wireless charging pads deliver electricity more efficiently than charging cables. You Park your vehicle on a pad, that is placed under the road surface.

New electric cars are more affordable, powerful, and reliable. Nearly every car manufacturer in the world is producing an electric vehicle. Many industries are looking for ways to adapt science to their own EV products. With the advancements in technology, you can expect electric motors to continually grow and expand for many years to come. The electric vehicle charging points are very limited, however will continue to grow and expand nationwide. Active research is being carried out to find a solution that can decrease battery production costs but also increase their capacity. The age of modern-day electric cars has only begun.

Electric Car Insurance 

If you have chosen to buy an electric motor, not only are you helping the environment, but you are also saving money on car insurance premiums, road tax, and fuel. Electric cars are relatively new so the insurance industry has a bit of catching up to do before nearly all insurance providers can offer cover for electric cars as standard. It can be difficult to find cheap electric car insurance but some providers are starting to catch up on this.

There are many benefits to an electric car insurance policy, these include:

  • Breakdown assistance cover

If your vehicle breaks down or you have an emergency on the roadside, there is always help 24 hours a day with breakdown assistance for up to 30 mins.

  • Fully comprehensive cover

This policy protects you, your vehicle, and other motorists in the event of an accident and damage. Special discount rates are available with specific insurers.

  • No claims bonus protection

If you have been driving claims free for 5 years or more, you can save money on your car insurance premium.

  • Lock replacement cover

If your motor keys are lost or stolen, a lock replacement cover will cover the costs of having them replaced.

  • Windscreen damage cover

Windscreen cover comes with every comprehensive insurance policy as standard. If you have a cracked or chipped windscreen and the glass needs replacing, the glass replacement costs will be covered by this policy.

  • Driving someone else’s car

Most policies cover you to drive another person’s vehicle. You will be insured with third part cover policy.