Electric cars have recently taken the UK by storm, with most mainstream car manufacturers now offering an electric vehicle alongside their petrol/diesel models.Electric cars function by plugging into a charging point and taking electricity from the grid. The vehicles store electricity in rechargeable batteries that power the electric motor, which turns the wheels. These cars can accelerate much faster than the traditional vehicles with fuel engines, therefore, feeling much lighter to drive.
There are many different types of electric vehicles on the market, some run purely on electricity, and some are run on a combination of electric and diesel/petrol. Plug-in electric cars are run purely on electricity and receive all their power when it is plugged in to charge. The type of vehicle doesn’t require any diesel or petrol to run and therefore doesn’t produce any emissions.
Plug-in Hybrid cars run mainly on electricity, but it also has a traditional fuel engine so that you can use petrol/diesel when the battery runs out of charge. These electric cars produce emissions when running on fuel, but they will not produce emissions when using electricity.
Finally, there are Hybrid-Electric cars that run mainly on fuel but also come equipped with an electric battery. This battery is charged through regenerative braking. This type of electric car allows you to switch between using the fuel engine and the ‘EV’ mode with a touch of a button. These cars cannot be plugged into an electricity source to provide power and do rely on petrol or diesel for energy.
Although electric cars are now thought of as the futuristic car, they have actually been around for quite some time, with the first one actually being built in 1884 by English inventor Thomas Parker.
The cars have become so popular now that a new electric car is registered every nine minutes in the UK. With more than 63,000 electric cars sold in the first 11 months of 2019, they have shot up in popularity, with more than 330,000 new battery-electric vehicles predicted to be registered by the end of 2022.
Electric cars are more commonly known for the silence they bring to the roads; however, in 2019, a new EU rule means that all new electrics and hybrid cars are now legally required to emit an artificial noise to be heard more easily by cyclists and pedestrians.
Electric cars have even had a Royal seal of approval, with Prince Charles recently leasing an electric Jaguar SUV, but he is not the only member of the family who is a fan. When Prince Harry married Meghan Markle in May 2018, they arrived at the ceremony in the Jaguar E-Type, E-Zero.
When it comes to towing, electric cars aren’t ruled out. However, it is important to check the VIN plate before committing to an electric car for towing. The most popular towing car for electric car owners is the Hybrid model, as they are more common and have been on the market for longer.
If you have any questions about towing with an electric car or want to know which cars can have a towbar fitted, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our sales team to assist you further.