Electric Car Jersey
Electric Car

Preparing for the future, today

By 2035, 14 countries including France and the UK will have banned the sales of new petrol and diesel cars. If we're to meet carbon reduction targets, we'll all need to start driving EVs in the very near future.

All major manufacturers now have all-electric or hybrid models, so there is something to suit everyone.

Benefits of driving an electric vehicle

Lower running costs

Simpler maintenance

Zero emissions

Low carbon

Less noise

Convenient charging

Nissan Leaf At Corbiere (2)

Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV)

BEVs use on-board battery packs to store electricity. The vehicle is fully reliant on the energy in the batteries to power the engine and all onboard electrics.

BEVs do not produce any harmful emissions and they do not have an exhaust. To charge the batteries, BEVs must be plugged into a charger.

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)

PHEVs have an electric motor powered by batteries and an internal combustion engine powered by petrol or diesel.

As the name suggests, PHEVs can be plugged in to recharge the batteries. But they also draw energy from a process known as regenerative braking.

PHEVs often go as far as 40 miles before their internal combustion engine kicks in to provide additional power.

Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV)

HEVs are primarily powered by an internal combustion engine, with a smaller electric engine available in tandem. The electric energy is generated exclusively by regenerative braking.

HEVs only use their electric motor as they pull away. But as the car picks up speed, the internal combustion engine kicks in.

Types of electric vehicles

There are three different types of electric vehicles.

  • Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV)
  • Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
  • Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV)

Each type of vehicle uses electricity in a different way to provide power to the engine.

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Recharge at home or on the road

You can charge your EV at home, at work or at public charging points while you do something else, rather than having to make a dedicated trip to a petrol station.

How you can benefit from an EV

Electric vehicles cost less to run

£10 worth of home charging on our General Domestic tariff would take you over 220 miles, or over 430 miles if you charge overnight on our Economy 7 tariff.*

How far would £10 of petrol or diesel get you?

Electric vehicles are easier to maintain

Compared with hundreds of moving parts in a traditional car, the drivetrain of an EV contains around 20. That means less annual maintenance and even lower running costs.

Brakes and tyres should still be checked regularly, of course. But because EVs are generally much lighter than traditional cars, wear and tear tends to be much less, saving on replacement parts.

EVs can transport us towards zero carbon

Road transport accounts for a third of Jersey's total carbon emissions. Greater EV uptake would slash this and improve air quality for added health benefits.

Driving electric reduces your carbon footprint

Jersey's electricity supply is virtually decarbonised. And by using our decarbonised electricity as your fuel, an EV could greatly reduce your carbon footprint.

Electric vehicles reduce noise pollution

EVs emit a gentle hum when driven, creating a more relaxing driving experience and less traffic noise.

The future's electric

As bans on petrol and diesel vehicles come into force, the value of second-hand models is expected to plummet. Before you buy a new petrol car, think about how it may depreciate compared to an EV.

An electric vehicle charges at Red Houses in St Brelades.

*Assumes 3.5 miles per kWh and respective tariff rates of 15.6p (General Domestic) and 8.3p (Economy 7 Night Rate).

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