For 25 years, we at Bristol Street Versa have been converting vehicles for wheelchair access to the highest standard and creating the best possible solutions for our customers, using pioneering technology and the most dedicated engineers. We're always striving to bring comfort and ease to our customers, aiming to relieve strain in every aspect of their lives. Now, with the growing popularity of electric vehicles, we'd like to consider bringing an Electric Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (or E-WAV) to our range, and expand on our pioneering approach to high-quality wheelchair accessible conversions. Despite the worry-free motoring that the Motability scheme already offers, the benefits of electric vehicles are clear when it comes to running costs.
An electric or hybrid vehicle is kinder to the environment than a petrol or diesel powered car. Not only this, but expensive fuel costs can be avoided, with a fully electric vehicle finding power at a charging point, and a hybrid tapping into a fuel supply only when on motorways - using self-charging battery power while on shorter drives around town. Around 18,000 charging points are available all over the country or can be installed at home for around £200. Many easy-to-use apps show charging points across the UK, so you can always find your nearest one.
Fully electric vehicles always have automatic transmissions, so there are no manual gears to worry about. They have a growing reputation for being a smooth, quiet ride, that'll get you wherever you want to go in comfort and with ease.
Whats the difference? Electric and hybrid vehicles are still relatively new to our roads, and there are still a few misconceptions about what the differences are between them. Here's a quick comparison:
Are electric cars more expensive?
Initially, electric vehicles (EVs) can be more expensive to buy however running and maintenance costs are significantly lower than that of a petrol or diesel car. In the UK, you could be eligible for a Government grant, up to £4500 (depending on the type of EV you want to buy) and there are savings on fuel costs, tax, congestion charges (where applicable), parking and car maintenance!
How long does it take to charge an electric vehicle?
Like a lot of the aspects of EVs, this is very varied and can take anywhere between 15 minutes and 12 hours, depending on the size of the battery and the speed of the charging point you are plugged into. Most EVs are chargeable at home and this can be done overnight, however you do need off-road parking to do this.
How long does the battery last?
This, again, is dependant on several factors including type of battery, charging habits and environment, or more specifically temperature. Lead-acid batteries may not even last a year whereas lithium-ion batteries, the most common battery used in EVs, could last up to 10 years! However if you overcharge or drain the battery too much, or you live in a warmer climate, this could also contribute to degradation.
How far can you go in an electric vehicle?
Range anxiety is definitely a thing and its understandable people would worry about how far they could go in an EV! Dependant on the car, you could get anywhere between approximately 50 and 300 miles on a single charge, and with more and more charging points popping up all over the UK, there is less and less chance of getting stranded!