Zero emission 100% electric
100% electric vehicles, otherwise known as “battery electric vehicles” or “pure electric vehicles”, are wholly driven by an electric motor, powered by a battery that can be plugged into the mains. There is no combustion engine.
When the vehicle is slowing down, the motor is put into reverse to slow the vehicle down, acting as a mini-generator to top-up the battery. Known as “regenerative braking”, this can add 10 miles or more to the range of the vehicle.
As 100% electric vehicles rely entirely on electricity for fuel, they do not produce any tailpipe emissions. At present, most of these vehicles on the market typically offer a range of around 100 miles, though many offer more.
100% electric vehicles have been around for over 100 years. The technology is as straightforward as it is mature, with the number of moving parts a fraction of what goes into conventionally-fuelled vehicles. That means much greater energy efficiency and less to go wrong.
100% electric vehicles are characterised by their smoothness. They usually only need a single gear, giving very even acceleration and deceleration for a smooth ride. With an electric motor, full power is available from the first instance, making these vehicles really nippy. There is also no engine noise.
100% electric vehicles can be charged directly from a normal socket. But to speed up recharging times there are a host of charging options available at public and residential locations.