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Frequently asked questions

Do all EVs have the performance of milk floats?

Happily the answer to this question is certainly not. Battery electric cars and scooters can be high performance vehicles. One example is the Tesla roadster which is capable of 130 mph and goes from 0 to 60 mph in 4 seconds! On two-wheels, the new Vectrix electric scooter is capable of 0-50 mph in 6.8 seconds with a top speed of 62 mph and is considered equivalent to a 400cc bike.

While it is true that most older EV designs were conversions of standard conventional models that relied on lead-acid battery technology, newer models tend to be dedicated designs that are smaller, constructed from lightweight materials and use high-performance batteries (eg Ni-MH and Li-Ion). As a result, the latest EVs offer better acceleration and range.

Where can I buy an electric vehicle?

Several EV companies now supply and support electric vehicles in the UK. For cars and vans these include GoinGreen (G-Wiz), NICE (Mega City and MultiTruck), and Modec (Modec Van). For scooters these include Baroni (e-max), PowaByke (EVT, Oxygen) and Vectrix (Vectrix). For electric assist bikes these include the Electric Transport Shop, PowaByke and Urban Mover.

For a full list of manufacturers, dealers and the models they supply, see the relevant vehicle sections of this website: Electric bicycles, Electric scooters and Electric cars/vans.

How are electric vehicles recharged?

Basically you plug them in to an electricity supply (usually the mains). The most common method is slow-charging which takes 6 to 8 hours for a full recharge (typically overnight). Fast-charge units are also available for some vehicles, which can take as little as 10 minutes for a 50% charge.

Most EVs use one of three connector types: (i) a standard 13Amp square-pin plug (all EV types); (ii) a blue CEE or 'commando' connector (EV scooters, cars and vans); and (iii) a Park and Charge connector (EV bikes and scooters). Most EV users currently rely on home/business recharging using square-pin and commando plugs; access to an off-road electricity supply is usually required (eg garage, drive or car park).

Where can I recharge my electric vehicle?

In the last few years, a number of off-street and on-road public-access recharging points have been installed in some cities (mainly in central London) - these provide free (or low cost) access to charging points for daytime 'top-up' refueling. Access to these points is usually controlled and requires the use of a particular connector type that is issued to the user on registration. The number of city centre recharging locations is likely to increase in the next few years.

For locations of recharging points in London, see newride's map of recharging points showing locations of public-access points across the capital. For details about gaining access to one of the London EV recharge networks, contact Masterpark (off street car-park based recharge points for cars and scooters), Eco-Mark (organised by the City of Westminster for cars and scooters), or Park and Charge (recharge bays for bicycles and scooters). All networks require membership.