Some time ago we analyzed the differences between new electric cars, hybrids and heat. Among the features of electric cars stresses that are quieter, more ecological and economical when refueling and practical in urban areas. These are some of the advantages of electric cars certainly have something to do with the following figures: according to a recent report , since 2010 sales have doubled every year in Europe. But, nevertheless, remain a minority in the road: in 2013 were registered in Spain just over 800 vehicles of this type, and during the first five months of 2014 were purchased less than 250.

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Improvements in the price and autonomy

Are the two main disadvantages of electric cars. Its high price (the majority of around 30,000 Euros) is due mainly to their batteries, which can be up to half the total cost of the vehicle. Fortunately prices are reduced increasingly, and it is estimated that in 2020 worth up to 40% less.

Aware of the importance of promoting the sale of electric cars to reduce CO2 emissions, the Spanish government provides grants to purchase, ranging from 2,500 to 6,500 euros depending on their autonomy.

Moreover, initiatives such as the entrepreneur Pau Garcia-Mila, this summer traveled to Barcelona to Finisterre in electric car (a Renault Zoe) contribute to encourage its use also for longer journeys.

The RACC is also doing its bit to promote and popularize the use of these vehicles with various initiatives. The latest has been to incorporate into its fleet of driving schools the first electric vehicle to Spain for training of drivers (also a Renault Zoe). He has performed under the European meeting mobility Challenge.

How long do the batteries last?

This is precisely another obstacle to overcome by these cars: current batteries can achieve an average range of 150 to 200 km . Despite significant progress in the coming years that will allow cars are expected go up to 500 km without needing to be recharged. The company Liberty Electric Cars has even announced the development of an electric car with a range of 1,600 km that could hit shelves this year.

The batteries of these vehicles take to charge an average of six hours. It is usual to have installed a charger in the parking and plug when the car is going to be enough hours standing (if you do it at night can get away for less than 2 Euros per 100 km, a rather less than the price of gasoline or diesel). You also have other options such as load in charging points for public use : there are currently more than 600 in Spain.

And finally, you should know that there are too quick or emergency reloads, thanks to which you can get up to 50% of the energy needed by the vehicle batteries in 10 minutes. The following video of the Business Association for the Development and Promotion of Electric Vehicle explains in more detail.