Maintaining your EV battery health

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Maintaining your EV battery health

Charging your electric vehicle is really quite simple. You could simply just plug in the charger, wait for it to charge and be done with it. Alternatively, you could tactically charge your vehicle to ensure that the battery life is sustained.

It doesn’t necessarily require any micro-management but we’re covering the ways in which you could maintain a healthy EV battery. It is also something which shouldn’t generally be worried about when owning an EV. But if you want to stay up-to-date with your EV’s health and to get the most bang for your buck - then these tips should help.

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Monitoring the battery percentage

Keeping the battery ‘state of charge’ between 20-80% is the first tip we would recommend. Similarly to laptops, phones and other electrical devices - letting the car be constantly on charge or at 100% could deplete the battery life within your EV. In the same respect, we don’t recommend letting the car battery dip below 10% as it can also encourage battery depletion. It is better and more beneficial in the long run to let your battery run down to 10% or 20% and then to charge the battery back up to 80%. Check your EV’s manual as you may be able to tweak some settings to automate this threshold within your charging.

 

Planning your route

Another tip we would suggest, would be to take your EV on regular drives and short journeys. Whilst also finding the time to plan your journey whenever possible - which will allow you to choose a route with minimal power requirement. Avoiding hills where possible is also recommended, but again - it isn’t the end of the world. A lot of vehicles have built-in navigation systems which can make this step quite easy and accessible too - whilst also indicating the areas in which traffic will be busier etc.

 

Slow acceleration and speed (where possible)

Watching your speed is the final tip - this is something which can be done depending upon the situation. The faster you go in an electric vehicle; the more energy you will consume. Therefore reducing your speed (where possible and safe) can help maintain battery health, and also increase range on your drive. 

In summary it isn't completely necessary that you follow these tips, or actively go out of your way to prevent battery depletion. Electric vehicles are manufactured with battery life in consideration - so manufacturers already have that first stage of protection needed to keep a healthy EV battery. These three tips are just three simple ways in which you could manually contribute to your battery's lifespan.

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All-new Range Rover PHEV (2022) revealed

All-new Range Rover PHEV revealed

The new Range Rover hybrid is on sale now - priced from a whopping £94,400. The P440e & P510e are bringing a sense of luxury to the EV world. Unfortunately only offering around 50 miles of electric range, the latest release from Land Rover is a step in the right direction for the company’s switch to electric.With a fully electric model arriving in 2024 - this SUV is a great stepping stone. Both models of P440e and P510e flaunt a 38.2kWh battery and require Type 2 charging equipment to replenish the battery.

Inside Land Rover’s newest release, an all new 13.1” curved touchscreen includes a simplified menu; with an array of connectivity options (Apple CarPlay, Android Auto & Bluetooth etc). Whilst also offering integration with Spotify and Amazon Alexa - Land Rover have really pushed forward with media & entertainment in the P440e and P510e. Plenty of storage in the form of cubbies, boxes & the whopping 725 litre boot.

Charging the all-new Range Rover PHEV couldn’t be easier. Similar to other Type 2 vehicles, the P440e and P510e require charging cables with a Type 2 connector on one end, and then the other is dependent on where you want to charge your vehicle. The quickest way to charge the Range Rover PHEV is through rapid charging (CCS - DC charging). This allows for a 0-80% charge in just under an hour; CCS charging cables can be found tethered in specific public charging points.

Alternatively, the more accessible and practical options for charging the P440e and P510e come in the form of AC charging. Wanting to charge your vehicle from your household 3-pin domestic socket? Slow charging is available and it takes usually around 8-12 hours, but if you schedule the timing overnight - this shouldn’t be an issue. Utilising public charge points, or home-installed charge points is the other option - this is referred to as fast charging. Charging at 32A or 16A - you can usually see a fully charged vehicle in just under 5 hours.

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Ways to maintain your EV charging cable

Maintain your EV Cable

Ways to maintain your EV charging cable

An EV charging cable is an essential piece of equipment and it should be treated with great care, before, during and after use. We will be highlighting ways in which you can help increase the lifespan and durability of your electric vehicle charging cable. Essentially, it follows the same maintenance as any other electrical device or component.

When it comes to charging your electric vehicle - it is important that the pins within the charging cable's connectors, are kept clean, untampered and dry. This is the most common cause of faults within EV charging. All our cables at 4EV come with rubber caps for the connectors, which can be used when the cable isn't connected/charging. This keeps the cable's connectors dry & debris-free. The cables come with an IP rating (specific to the product) - which usually sees the cable protected to an extent from water splashes, and debris. However, it is expected and recommended that the owner of the cable is to take great care, and to regularly check that the connectors are in great condition.

Something as simple as storing your cable correctly can increase the durability of your EV charging cable. A great storage location for your cable would be somewhere dry, accessible and close to your vehicle. We often supply 4EV carry cases which can also be used to keep your charging cable safe and accessible. Not to mention, easy to carry or store in the boot of your vehicle.

We would also recommend simply wiping down your cable after use, to protect the cable from any potential debris damaging the cable. It will keep the cable safe from any damage, and clean. Please not, we don't recommend wiping the connector's pins, as this could cause the connectors to become faulty from moisture.

It goes without saying that sometimes faults can't be prevented - sometimes the electrical element of the cable can be the root cause of a faulty. Like any other electrical component or device - which is why we offer a 12-month warranty, if your cable does unfortunately stop providing the service you need it to.

If you do happen to have any further questions/enquiries about 4EV's cable's durability, how to look after them etc. Feel free to email support@4ev.co.uk or use our live chat feature in the bottom right-hand corner!

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Affordable BEVs in the UK

Affordable BEVs

 

Affordable BEVs in the UK

When it comes to buying an electric vehicle or any vehicle in fact – a few factors are to be considered before purchasing your new car. The higher-than-average cost of electric vehicles is often discussed and tends to be the reason that drivers don’t opt for an EV. We’re covering three affordable fully electric vehicles (BEVs) and highlighting a variety of pricing and performance statistics. This specific topic is subjective, and these three vehicles won’t be affordable to all readers – however, it is important to highlight some of the cheaper electric vehicles on the market, especially those with impressive performance stats!

MG 5 EV (2020)

The MG 5 EV is the first BEV worth covering – released in 2020 and starting at £25,095. Offering an impressive 214-mile range, it’s more than capable of covering long journeys and road trips. Boasting a modern and smart look, it is certainly an appealing car. Purchasing the MG 5 EV comes with options, different variants of the vehicle. MG 5 EV Excite, MG 5 EV Exclusive, MG 5 EV Long Range Excite and the MG 5 EV Long Range Exclusive. If you want to see the exclusive features to each model, read more at https://mg.co.uk/mg5-ev/.

When it comes to charging the MG 5, it requires a Type 2 charging cable. The MG 5 can be charged via a one-phase charging cable and charging unit at a maximum rate of 6.6kW – taking around 8 hours to charge from 0-100%. The average cost of charging from 0-100% battery (at home) is £8.48. Meaning that £8.48 can roughly get you as far as 214 miles. DC charging is also available for the MG 5 – in the form of a CCS port/charging cable. If you’re on the road and need a quick charge, rapid charging is available at certain public charge points – and your MG 5 can be charged at 80kW as a maximum rate – which could take as little time as 35 minutes to reach 80% battery!

MG 5 EV

Seat Mii Electric (2020)

The Seat Mii Electric was also released in 2020 and takes its place in the list of ‘Affordable Battery Electric Vehicles’. Available from £20,300 – the Seat Mii Electric offers an impressive 160-mile range, purely sourced from the 36.8kWh battery. The Mii also comes with some unique features, including a DriveMii App for your smartphone, lane assist, cruise control and rear parking sensors. If you want to find out more about the specifications & features of the Seat Mii Electric – read more at https://www.seat.co.uk/new-cars/mii-electric/overview.html.

When it comes to charging the Seat Mii Electric; it requires a Type 2 charging cable. With a maximum AC charge rate of 7.2Kw the Seat Mii can be charged from 0-100% battery capacity in 10 hours. Admittedly not the greatest of times, but a scheduled overnight charge should do the trick. Not to mention the astounding average price of £5.63 per 100% charge! The Mii is equipped with a CCS port also, which allows for rapid charging at specific public charge points. Using the CCS port, you could have your car charged to 80% from 0% in just over an hour!

Seat Mii Electric

Mini Electric (2020)

The third and final affordable BEV that we feel the need to include is the fabulous Mini Electric. Starting at £26,000 and offering a staggering 145-mile range – the Mini Electric is a serious contender. The ever-recognisable UK car manufacturer released the Mini Electric in 2020. Purchasing the Mini Electric comes with a lot of personalisation and customisation choices; including the ability to build your own Mini Electric. Alternatively, pre-set options are available in the form of Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3. Read more here - https://www.mini.co.uk/en_GB/home/range/models-and-options/mini-electric.html.

Charging the Mini Electric couldn’t be easier. A Type 2 charging cable is required to charge the vehicle, and this can come in the form of a one phase (maximum 7.4kW rate) or three phase cable (maximum 11kW rate). With an average charge cost of £4.99 from 0-100% battery capacity, depending on your energy supplier and other factors. DC charging is also an option for the Mini Electric via a CCS charger, which can be found at specific public charge points. Allowing a maximum rate of 49kW, the Mini Electric can be fully charged in a matter of 45 minutes.

Mini Electric

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How Secure is Your EV Charging Unit?

How Secure is Your Charging Unit?

 

How Secure is Your EV Charging Unit?

Recently, BBC published a video article highlighting specific EV charging units as being vulnerable to hackers. Specifically, they covered Wallbox and Project EV. Essentially the video stated how the specific firmware within these EV charging units were quite accessible to anyone who understands API. Meaning that potentially a hacker could take control of the charging unit and that could also lead to them having control of your home network.

Towards the back end of the video segment - the BBC got in touch with both Wallbox and Project EV to ask for these companies to address the vulnerability of the firmware in their charging units. Both companies have stated that they made changes to the firmware to increase security and to eliminate the risk of hackers taking control.

Essentially, the article highlighted the importance of consistently checking for firmware updates on your charging unit (if possible). Regardless of the manufacturer of your charging unit - it's always better to be safe and check. The Department of Transport were contacted also - as they allowed for these charging units to be sold, and under the government grant. Their statement in regards to this situation reads 'This Autumn we will be introducing new legislation designed to product consumers by mandating a range of cyber security requirements for EV charge points.'

If you'd like to view the BBC produced video segment in regards to the security of charging units - please click hereThe EV charging unit segment can be found between the timestamp of 1:50 to 9:26.

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Hyundai Ioniq 5 (2021) Overview & Charging Options

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Hyundai Ioniq 5 (2021) Overview & Charging Options

The Ioniq 5 is a fully electric vehicle (BEV) manufactured and released by Hyundai. Boasting an impressive 238 WLTP mile range and reaching from 0-62mph in just 8.2 seconds. Impressive car performance statistics; that are matched with impressive charging times/capabilities. Starting at £36,995, the Ioniq 5 can be seen as quite an affordable electric vehicle - for those wanting to take the plunge into the EV market.

When it comes to charging the Ioniq 5– it features a Type 2 and CCS charging port. Offering a maximum charge rate of 7.4kW using a one-phase fast charging cable – and a maximum charge rate of 11kW using a three-phase cable. Both cables to be used with a standard charging unit or public charge point – the cables can be purchased from 4EV. The rapid charge option of CCS allows for a maximum charge rate of 220kW, and CCS chargers can be accessed at select public charge points.

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If you don’t have access to a standard charging unit at home/work – then you could always opt for the slow charging method – which utilises an EVSE cable (3-pin domestic plug). This cable can be used with your typical household plug and allows the Ioniq 5 to be charged at a slower rate from the comfort of your own home. Again, this cable can be purchased from 4EV.

If you want to read more about the cables mentioned, or want to purchase one. The cables are listed below!

 

5M Fast Charging Standard Cable (7.2kW)

5M Three-Phase Charging Cable (11kW)

10M Portable EVSE 3-Pin Plug Cable (6A/8A/10)

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Considerations Before Buying an Electric Vehicle Charging Cable

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Considerations Before Buying an Electric Vehicle Charging Cable

When it comes to buying an electric vehicle charging cable; you, as an EV owner, have a few factors to consider before purchasing the cable. We will briefly highlight these factors, so you do not miss out on any of them when contemplating which cable suits your charging needs and vehicle.

Do you require a Type 1 or Type 2 charging cable?

Discovering whether your electric vehicle requires a Type 1 or Type 2 charging cable is of high importance. It is very easy to find out, and there are a few ways to do so. A quick search online for your vehicle’s charging type is one way. Alternatively, you can check the charging port of your EV. If the charging port has room for a connector with 5 pins, then it requires a Type 1 charging cable. However, if your charging port requires a connector with 7 pins, then your EV requires a Type 2 charging cable..

How long does your charging cable need to be?

Depending upon what cable you require – 4EV offers charging cables with a variety of lengths for you to choose from. Choosing the length of your cable is only something that you, as the EV owner will truly know – considering the length of cable you need to be able to reach your charging station or household socket. We often see 5M cables bought from 4EV, indicating that 5M is quite a comfortable length. However, it may not be a bad idea to opt for a longer cable, to insure yourself for the future if you ever require a longer cable.

Does your EV come with a charging cable? Do you want a spare?

A common error we tend to see from customers, is that they place an order for a cable, and then when their vehicle arrives – they discover they were given a cable with their vehicle. This is not necessarily a problem, but it then causes for the customer to send the cable back to us at their cost. A good way to find out, would be to contact the dealership you bought your car from, to confirm whether your vehicle comes with a charging cable (which it usually does). Do not let this stop you from buying an extra cable from us though, as you may need different cables, for different charging scenarios.

Will you be slow or fast charging your EV?

This factor is purely based on practicality and preference – it is worth considering, what speed you want to charge your electric vehicle at. You may have home-access to a standard charging unit; in that case – we would recommend opting for a fast-charging cable as you have the relevant access to charge at this rate. However, if you can only charge using a standard household 3-pin socket, then you would require one of our portable EVSE cables – which allows for slow-charging of your electric vehicle.

Is your EV capable of three-phase charging?

You may be able to charge your vehicle at a three-phase rate, which allows for faster charging than the standard one-phase. It all depends on whether your vehicle’s on-board charger, charging cable and charging unit are capable of charging at 11kW or 22kW. Again, you can find this information out via a quick internet search. Alternatively, visit our vehicle information page – which states whether your vehicle is capable of three-phase charging or not. If your vehicle is not on there; get in touch with our customer service team and we will quickly have your vehicle added to the list!

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Best Electric Vans to Consider

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Best Electric Vans to Consider

Electric cars are being invented, produced and brought to the market a lot more frequently now – and so are electric vans! Whether you require a van for personal use, or whether you work for a company that wants to take the plunge and switch to electric – you have got a wide variety of reliable electric vans to choose from.

The main things to consider when purchasing a van (typically) are time to charge, mile range and load capacity. We will cover a few notable options, highlighting all the specifications & go into depth on the individual electric van’s charging statistics.

Citroen e-Dispatch

The Citroen e-Dispatch was released in the second half of 2020, starting off at £25,053 excluding VAT. A huge selling point for the e-Dispatch is the mile range of 205 miles (if you opt for the 75kW battery). Impressively offering a WLTP range of 144 miles if you choose to stick with the standard 50kW battery. Alongside the diesel Citroen Dispatch – the e-Dispatch offers the same payload (up to 1266kg) and the same storage capacity – which varies, depending upon the variable of the e-Dispatch purchased.

When it comes to charging the e-Dispatch; it requires a Type 2 charging cable as the electric van is fitted with a Type 2 port & an additional CCS (rapid charge) port. Admirably, the vehicle can be charged at a maximum of 7.4kW using a standard ‘fast’ charging cable – which we supply at 4EV! As mentioned earlier, the vehicle is also fitted with a CCS port, which allows for the e-Dispatch to be charged up to 100Kw at specific public charge points. It is also worth mentioning that the on-board charger can be upgraded to 11kW upon purchase - allowing for a faster three-phase charge.

Nissan e-NV200

The Nissan e-NV200 (more specifically the 2018 variant) is one of the most popular electric vans to date. Trusted by the likes of DPD & other major delivery companies – the e-NV200 is worth considering. A WLTP range of 124 miles, allowing for longer-distance journeys to be safely covered. Starting at £23,505 – three different variants of the e-NV200 can be chosen from: Visia, Acenta and Tekna. Payload and storage capacity being the resulting difference between the three. A payload starting at 705kg and storage capacity of 4.2m³, the e-NV200 proves to be a great choice.

Charging the e-NV200 is slightly different to the previously covered Citroen e-Dispatch – as the e-NV200 requires a Type 1 charging cable – to be inserted into the fitted Type 1 charging port. Charging from 0-100% in 6 hours using a standard ‘fast’ charging cable – supplied here at 4EV! The onboard charger of the e-NV200 allows for a maximum usage of 6.6kW. Where the rapid charge option of CHAdeMO allows for 46Kw – and a 0-80% charge time of 40 minutes (found tethered into specific public charge points). Appropriate charging times for daily use – whether you charge at home, work or on-the-go.

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Porsche Taycan Overview & Charging Options

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Porsche Taycan Overview & Charging Options

The Taycan is one of Porsche’s most popular electric sellers, and it’s no surprise as to why! Released in 2020, the Taycan has taken the EV world by storm. Admittedly, it may not be an affordable vehicle to some – but arguably it lives up to the price tag (starting £83,580). Boasting a WLTP range of 254 miles & a staggering 0-62mph speed of 4 seconds – the Taycan is certainly a spectacular EV.

When it comes to charging the Taycan – it features a Type 2 and CCS charging port. Offering a maximum charge rate of 7.4kW using a one-phase fast charging cable – and a maximum charge rate of 11kW using a three-phase cable. Both cables to be used with a standard charging unit or public charge point – the cables can be purchased from 4EV. The rapid charge option of CCS allows for a maximum charge rate of 225kW, and CCS chargers can be accessed at select public charge points. 22kW on-board chargers are optional for the Taycan - which would allow for the maximum of 22kW charging, using a three-phase cable.

Porsche Taycan

If you don’t have access to a standard charging unit at home/work – then you could always opt for the slow charging method – which utilises an EVSE cable (3-pin domestic plug). This cable can be used with your typical household plug and allows the Taycan to be charged at a slower rate from the comfort of your own home. Again, this cable can be purchased from 4EV.

If you want to read more about the cables mentioned, or want to purchase one. The cables are listed below!

 

5M Fast Charging Standard Cable (7.2kW)

5M Three-Phase Charging Cable (11kW)

10M Portable EVSE 3-Pin Plug Cable (6A/8A/10)

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Charging an Electric Vehicle from a Household Socket

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Charging an Electric Vehicle from a Household Socket

When it comes to charging your electric vehicle, you tend to have a choice of where you want to charge up, and when. A lot of EV drivers have access to public charge points or standard charging units – which require a ‘fast’ standard charging cable.

Whereas another practical way of charging for a lot of people – can be using a household 3-pin plug socket. A specific cable is required, to be able to charge up via a domestic plug and we supply this cable here at 4EV! It is as simple as charging your mobile phone or any other household electrical device. The EVSE is also available for both Type 1 and Type 2 vehicles!

This method of charging is known as ‘slow’ charging – which admittedly, does not sound necessarily appealing – but it is practical as it gives you the option of charging from your very own home. The EVSE cable works at 10A as a maximum, but offers quite a cool, controlling switchable rate feature – which allows for you to choose whether you charge at 6A, 8A or 10A. The switching is simply operated by an RFID tag, which is supplied with the cable.

Another feature which allows you to have control during your charging, is the delayed timer. Ultimately, with the delayed timer – you can choose at what time your EV starts charging with the EVSE. Perfect for if you are wanting a scheduled charge every day or overnight!

All the features within the EVSE, revolve around safety and control and we always recommend this product to customers who are wanting to charge their vehicle overnight from home/work etc. Every EVSE purchased from 4EV comes with 2 RFID tags and a user’s manual which explains the features and cable in more detail. Alternatively, if you require more information – please get in touch with our support team via Live Chat or send an email to support@4ev.co.uk.

Type 1 EVSE - https://www.4ev.co.uk/10-metre-type-1-portable-evse-uk-charging-cable

Type 2 EVSE - https://www.4ev.co.uk/10-metre-type-2-ev-portable-evse-charging-cable

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