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Buying an Electric Car: 5 things you need to know


1. There are 42,000 EV public charging points in the UK

A lot of potential electric vehicle (EV) buyers are worried about where they can charge their car once they’ve bought it. This is understandable but the truth is, there are lots of ways to charge. (Check out our blog on charging for a in depth guide).

A close up of a womans hand holding the charger as it charges her electric vehicle

According to EDF energy, there are more than 42,000 charge point connectors across the UK in over 15,500 locations.[1]

2. Your EV insurance needs to cover different things to a normal car policy

This includes things such as: cover if your charging cable breaks, or public liability insurance if someone trips over your charging wire. Make sure you carefully research your insurance needs and get the correct coverage for you. Thoroughly check your policy documents for all the things you may need.

3. There are no gears in an electric vehicle

An electric car has only three functions: forward, reverse, and neutral. This is because the electric motor turns clockwise or anti-clockwise. The direction in which it’s rotating, determines whether the car will move forwards, or backwards. It’s a different experience to driving a manual car and much more like an automatic to drive.

A view from the back seat of a car showing the inside of an electric vehicle. It has no traditional gearbox and just a forward, reverse and neutral setting.

4. You can recharge your EV at home

When you have off street parking, the best way to charge is to have a home charger installed. This is different to the normal 3-pronged plug you would use at home. Most home chargers have a cable attached, which you just plug in to start charging.  This will give you much faster charging speeds than a regular household plug and you can leave it overnight.

A white car being charged outside a house with a wooden fence and a built in charger on the wall

5. Braking adds miles to the vehicle’s range

Electric cars have a form of regenerative braking. Every time the driver pushes the brake, a small amount of electricity goes back into the battery, increasing the car’s driving range on a single charge. [2]

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[1] Electric Car (EV) Charging Points UK – A Complete Guide | EDF (
[2] 23465-EST+DFT-Charging Electric Vehicles – Best Practice Guide-WEB.pdf (