The fully-electric or battery electric vehicle (BEV) is the purest form. There is no traditional internal combustion engine at all.
Commonly referred to as just an EV, this type of electric vehicle runs solely from the energy contained in its electric battery. Having many charging points across the UK and the potential to install your own at home makes the all-electric vehicle convenient, eco-friendly and cost effective.
Importantly, battery electric vehicles produce zero emissions so they don’t generate any nasty tailpipe pollution that traditional vehicles do. In fact, they have no tailpipe!
The concept of range anxiety is becoming a thing of the past too. New EVs can travel impressive distances on one charge; even the small, futuristic-looking Honda-e offers up to 136 miles on a full battery. And faster charging means they are becoming increasingly practical for many.
There are other advantages. They’re quiet with just the gentle whir of the motor. And EVs (of all types) are automatic. So there’s no changing gear to bother about: it’s just one pedal to go and the other to stop. This makes driving much more relaxing.
A fact which may surprise you is that EVs are actually rather nippy. Unlike a petrol or diesel engine which has to rev higher to produce more power, electric motors have this from the off.
The downside is they do need charging. But we’re used to charging our mobile phones regularly and the principle is exactly the same.
Customers seeking an EV are no longer limited by choice: most manufacturers build EVs, from Volkswagen, KIA and Honda to premium brands such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Tesla. KIA’s e-Niro, with its 64kWh battery, will give you a very sensible range of up to 282 miles.
This year has brought many new EVs to market, so there’s a huge number of new models too. From the practical all-new Vauxhall Corsa, funky Volkswagen ID.3 and futuristic Honda-e, the hardest thing about leasing an electric vehicle is picking a model you fancy.