Electric cars

The average range of electric vehicles varies between 100 and several hundreds of kilometers : it all depends on the battery storage capacity of the vehicle.  The battery is the equivalent of the gas tank of a combustion vehicle, the bigger the battery capacity, the higher the mileage range.

Electric vehicles can be charged at home by directly connecting them to your home electrical installation. There is a possibility to buy systems which will enable a much faster charging of your vehicle. (WallBox).

Your car can be charged at public recharging points that can be found at public parking lots, shopping centers or just along the road. Applications such as ChargeMap can help you locate accessible public recharging points depending on your location.

Charging time of an EV will depend on the recharging points’ power on the one hand  and on the kind of cable used on the other hand. The more powerful the station, the faster the charging. So, charging may vary between several hours on a household socket and some tens of minutes on a powerful station.

Manufacturers advertise a range on the basis of tests using specific criteria that do not fully reflect the use of the car in everyday life. So, there is a difference between the advertised range and the real range.

Real range is approximately 80% of the advertised range.

Electric vehicles have no engine and have less mechanical parts.  Therefore, several service operations don’t have to be carried out. It is generally agreed that maintenance costs are down 25% compared to a combustion vehicle.

It should however be mentioned that certain manufacturers require a regular checking of the battery status.

An electric vehicle is not equipped with a fuel tank nor a combustion engine, but with an electric motor, driven by an electronic controller and associated with a battery. There are numerous benefits to an electric vehicle: not only reduced maintenance costs and energy that is much cheaper than conventional fuels, but also a 100% silence, pleasant driving and zero emission.

This kind of vehicle is constructed on the same basis as an electric vehicle, but equipped with a conventional combustion engine. This engine is used to recharge the battery by converting fuel into electricity. You fully benefit from an electric range while having the possibility to use the extender for long-distance journeys.

Aids differ depending on the region.  In Flanders, state aid can run up to 4000 euro according to the catalogue value of the car, VAT included but not the options.

No taxes have to be paid in Flanders, whereas in Brussels and Wallonia taxes are limited to a minimum amount of 61,50 euros for TES and 77,35 euros for ACT.

Moreover, companies may deduct their electric vehicles at 120% and if your employer makes an electric vehicle available to you, know that your benefit in kind will be reduced since EVs do not emit any CO2.

Electric vehicles are most often composed of several accumulators connected in serial. A traction battery operated by an electric vehicle stores and redistributes electricity depending on the driver’s use of the accelerator and brake pedals.

Hybrid cars

A hybrid vehicle is a vehicle that combines an internal combustion engine with an electric motor. The second motor is intended to recapture kinetic energy in order to power the vehicle during acceleration or during starting phases or in city traffic.

It is important to know that this electric motor does not recharge using a socket. Energy is only recaptured during braking and slowing down.

Rechargeable hybrid vehicles are hybrids with a larger electric motor and fitted with a connector allowing to directly recharge the battery by plugging it into an electric outlet.

This allows driving for several tens of kilometers on electric power without consuming a single drop of fuel. Its range is generally sufficient to assure most of the daily trips.