Should I get an electric car?

We all know that petrol-heads love a good, roaring, classic car with a huge engine and a decent paint job.

Unfortunately, these cars run on petrol and we all know the impact burning fossil fuels can have on the environment. We don’t want to preach a certain way of life, however, we do know that promoting a conscious thought toward environmental impact can make just as much of a difference. 

Electric cars are an excellent alternative, and arguably a lot more fun, reliable and safe. There has been a recent boost in the EV industry, with everything from mopeds to trucks available in electric form. 

The main question is; is now the right time? Is it worth it? Are they good? The short answer is… Yes!

There is nothing telling us that an electric car needs to be a compromise or a lesser form of transportation. With their neo-futuristic vibes and their sleek design, an electric car is a modern, fast and sexy choice for your everyday driver (and perhaps your weekend sports car)!

There are plans in the works for diesel and petrol cars to become relics of the past. Times are changing and the electric car will soon be a staple of the modern world. By 2030, the government will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars, and by 2035, the sale of new hybrid cars. Now is the perfect time to enter the EV industry, taking advantage of the government grants and funds that are available to help bring the prospect of a shiny new EV into reality.

Are there any cons to an electric car? This is a common question. In the past, electric cars held the reputation of being unreliable, low-ranged and ugly. This is not the case today. Technological innovation has helped electric cars soar past typical fossil-fueled vehicles to the point where they are pretty much equal, if not, superior. 

There is a huge market with an insane variety of vehicles. From family saloons to sporty coupes, choice is inevitable! If you are thinking of making the transition, there are a few things you need to know. In terms of the information available to you, manufacturers have this in spades! The amount of car journalism channels on television and the internet endorse EV’s more and more every day! 

According to Wired.co.uk (https://www.wired.co.uk/article/electric-cars-uk-buying-guide) “In the first eight months of 2021, fully-electric vehicles accounted for 8.4 percent of new sales in the UK, a gain of 106.7 percent on the same period of 2020.”

This will only increase in the coming years. 

If you are wary about going fully electric, there are of course other alternatives. A hybrid vehicle offers the quick convenience of refueling, as well as the environmental benefit of electric cars. There is nothing more satisfying than silently moving off in an electric, forgetting that the ‘engine’ doesn’t make any noise!

If you are thinking of buying a new car, it is probably best to go fully electric. Maintenance and charge points are only going to become cheaper and more common in everyday life. It is best to jump on the bandwagon early! Take advantage of those government grants while you can!

Bumblebee offers a variety of home charging solutions. If you are thinking about purchasing a new electric vehicle, give us a call today! Or you can browse our website for more information.


What grants are available for EVs?

Purchasing an electric vehicle or equipment that helps charge your vehicle can be expensive.

Not only do you have to consider the cost of your car, the cost of the chargepoint or the cost of labour to install said charge point, but you also have to consider the cost of repair and maintenance, just like any other appliance in your home.

How can this cost be reduced on your end? As a consumer, you are always looking for the best deal available and electric vehicles aren’t exactly cheap at the moment.

As part of a government scheme to promote the purchase and use of electric vehicles and hybrids, there is a grant called the OLEV grant; from the Office of Low-Emission Vehicles. This grant’s details can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/plug-in-car-van-grants 

“You can get a discount on the price of brand new low-emission vehicles through a grant the government gives to vehicle dealerships and manufacturers.” – from the Official Government Website.

What does this grant offer, exactly? Well, first of all, there are a few requirements that you will need to meet in order for you to be eligible for this grant. There are lists of vehicles that you would be required to own, which can be found in the link above. These can be within any of the 7 main categories of vehicle; car, motorcycle, moped, small van, large van, taxi and truck.

The OLEV grant allows for a discount on the price of a brand-new low-emission vehicle. This grant is given to the dealership or manufacturer and can be returned to the customer as part of cashback. You shouldn’t need to do anything when purchasing your new vehicle as the dealer should include the value of the grant in the vehicle’s price. The grant will pay a different percentage for each vehicle type. 

For cars, you can be eligible for up to 30% (with a maximum of 2,500.00). For motorcycles and mopeds, you can be eligible for up to 20% (with a maximum of £1,500.00). Small vans can grant you up to 35% (with a maximum of £3,000.00), and large vans can get you 35% (up to £6,000.00). Taxis can get you 20% (up to £7,500.00) and Trucks can get a grant that covers 20% of the purchase price (up to a maximum of £16,000.00).

There are also grants for vehicle chargers themselves, through the EVHS (Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme) which can get you up to £350 (including VAT) off the cost of installing a charger at home.

These grants should help bring the prospect of purchasing and maintaining an EV far closer to reality. As the industry grows, EV’s are becoming more and more affordable. This means it won’t be long before these grants are no longer available to the public and consumers. 

At Bumblebee, we aim to make the transition from fossil-fuel to electric simple and easy! If you are interested in purchasing an EV or a ChargePoint, browse our website for more information! 


What is the difference between a type 1 and type 2 charger?

Driving an electric vehicle has become something that everyone will be doing in the near future – but how do you know what charger you will need? If you are thinking of purchasing a new Chargepoint for your vehicle, there are many different types of chargers to choose from; some of which might not work with your vehicle!

Chargers come in different varieties, lengths, sizes and types. The best way to see what charger fits your vehicle is to check your vehicle’s handbook or to get in touch with your manufacturer.

There are 2 main types of chargers for electric cars (both PHEV and EV); these are Type 1 and Type 2 leads. These can be found on both the cables you buy to replenish your car’s battery at home or in public charge-points. These charging leads have a lot of differences, and one can be more common than the other, especially in today’s modern EV market.

Let’s start with Type 1.

Type 1 charging leads are fairly uncommon in today’s market, however that does not mean they are non-existent. The Type 1 plug has a 5-pin design and features a small latch, keeping it in place while charging. This prevents it from being dislodged or unplugged from the charging socket.

Vehicles that use a type 1 charger include: Citroen C-Zero, Ford Focus Electric, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, Kia Soul EV, Nissan Leaf 2012 – 2017, Peugeot (uses both types), Toyota Prius, Vauxhall.

Type 2 Chargers

Type 2 chargers are a lot more common. These connectors feature a 7-pin design and do not have latches to secure the lead. Instead, the vehicles that use type-2 chargers utilize a locking pin feature that secures the plug in-place to prevent it disconnecting while charging. This system is extremely secure, allowing only the EV or PHEV owner to disconnect the lead, rather than the type-1, where anyone could disconnect or unlock the charging lead.

Vehicles that use a type 2 charger include: Audi Etron, BMW i3, Hyundai, Jaguar, KIA, Range Rover, Renault, Mercedes Benz EQC, Mini Countryman, Nissan Leaf 2018, Porsche, Smart, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo XC T8.

In Europe and other parts of the world, the type 2 charging lead is the most common, becoming the new standard for electric vehicles. Both of these chargers work similarly, with pins transmitting a current to the car’s battery, as well as an earthing mechanism for safety to prevent any accidents.

Type 2 leads also have additional functionalities; including resistors that can communicate with your electric vehicle. These resistors ensure the charging process runs without interruptions or complications, giving you a smooth charging experience. The vehicle communicates with the chargepoint and essentially ‘knows’ it is plugged in, while other resistor functions maintain a consistent supply of power to the EV. 

Electric vehicles currently on the market are designed and shipped featuring one of these charging types. This includes fully electric (EV) and hybrid (PHEV) vehicles. Type 2 chargers are becoming more and more popular all over the world, including Europe, America, Asia and more! 

Type 2 chargers are perfect for higher-capacity electric vehicles, with it being extremely wise to opt for an EV and EV chargepoint that features a Type 2 connection.

Bumblebee EV have a range of Type 2 chargers available and provides many solutions to EV charge points for both commercial and domestic fittings.

As the fastest-growing network of suppliers and installers in the United Kingdom, be sure that we know what we are doing! If you are interested in fitting a Type 2 charger in your home or business, please explore our website for more information!

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