Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV)
100% Electric vehicles are just that. A car run entirely on an electric battery, with no alternative power source if the battery runs out of charge. Like the plug-in hybrid, these type of vehicle can only be charged externally and needs to be plugged in. There is three types of charging. Rapid, will charge your car in around 30-60 minutes at a rate of 43+ kW then there is fast-charging Stations (these two are mostly public stations) which charges at 7-22 kW and would usually take around 3-4 hours. Lastly, there is slow charging (main charger at home). This usually takes 6-12 hours and goes at a rate of 3-5 kW.
The range of these vehicles varies dramatically, with new advances seeing WLTP ranges of 250 miles+ in some cases. Cars with higher range tend to cost more, dependent on whether you own the battery or not. Market research has shown however, that two-thirds of families would only need to charge their vehicle once per week to cover the standard weekly activities like the school run and shopping. Only time range is an issue would be on long-trips but there are apps and websites to find public charging points to plan these trips effectively.
The electric vehicles are perfect for people who take frequently travel shorter distances, with zero tailpipe emissions and decent range. With technology advancing and more research going into electric, these cars will only improve over time!