Is an electric car suitable for a private homeowner? These are the things that tip the scales

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Is an electric car suitable for a private homeowner? These are the things that tip the scales

Articles on housing, plumbing repairs, energy, renovation and single-family homes, produced by Hausoturva.

Electric cars are becoming increasingly common and many homeowners are certainly considering the suitability of an electric car for themselves. Urban citizens who travel a few kilometres have long been enthusiastic about electric cars – and rightly so – but is an electric car a smart choice for a homeowner? This is the question we are trying to answer. In this article we focus on full electric cars, but many things also apply to rechargeable hybrid cars.

Electric car charging: a “full tank” every morning

Even if you can charge your electric car from a standard plug in your home, this is not a good option for regular charging. Charging via the plug is slower and if you drive longer distances during the day, you may not have time to fully charge your car before morning. However, this is the least of the worries, as regular charging via a standard socket can also be dangerous. A standard socket is not designed for such heavy use as charging an electric car, which puts it under stress and can therefore pose a risk of fire, among other things. For this reason, appliances that consume a lot of electricity, such as the oven, are connected directly to the electrical panel. Electric vehicle charging should not be an exception to this, but regular charging should be done directly through a charger connected to the electricity board.

That’s why it pays to have a proper charging point installed in your home that is efficient, convenient and safe. As a small advertisement in the meantime, when you order a solar photovoltaic system for a detached house from Taloturva, the installation of an electric car charging point can also be included in the contract. So if you are interested in solar panels, you should check out our solar electricity survey.

With the charging in your home in place, electric driving is a pleasure, because every morning your car is fully charged and ready to go. But if you drive long distances or occasionally want to take advantage of free charging at some locations, roadside charging points will also be part of your everyday life. In practice, the charging points allow you to drive anywhere in Finland and even further afield. While the car is charging, you can go shopping or out for a meal, for example. However, shopping doesn’t have to take hours, as the fast charging system found in many electric cars allows you to charge the battery to 80% in 15-45 minutes. There are plenty of charging points in Finland, except in Lapland. That said, long journeys always require a bit of planning, but the same really applies to “normal” cars.

Electric car range: we’ve come a long way, but there are variations

The range, the distance an electric car can travel on a single charge, varies widely between different car models. The range of electric cars has increased dramatically over the last decade and is one of the most important things to keep in mind when choosing a car for yourself. Inexpensive models currently have a range of around 300 km, while the most prestigious models exceed the ghost limit of 500 km. In practice, this means that the budget can determine the suitability of an electric car for a private homeowner. You can drive from Helsinki to Oulu with a top-of-the-range model, but when driving a low-cost electric car, a 100-kilometre commute can be stressful if there is enough electricity from one charge to go both ways. You also have to take into account that as the battery ages, the operating time will slowly decrease. However, this effect is usually not radical – the battery capacity is reduced by a couple of percent per year.

In Finland, the frosts add their own spice, which can drastically reduce the operating distance. Freezing temperatures can reduce driving distances by up to half the usual amount. However, the impact of frost is usually much less, thanks in part to the preheating feature of many electric car models. However, severe frosts can be expected to eat up about a quarter of the operational journey. The practical impact on everyday driving will of course vary depending on how far south or north you live. However, there is no need to fear that an electric car will not start at all in freezing temperatures, as this risk is higher for internal combustion engine cars.

The cost of electric cars: cheaper than it seems at first

Electric car prices, like car prices in general, vary widely. The cheapest second-hand electric cars cost a few thousand euros, and Tesla’s most valuable models, for example, cost more than €100 000. However, it can be said that electric cars are on average more expensive than other cars. However, the running costs of electric cars are significantly lower than those of internal combustion engine cars. Electricity is cheaper than fuel, and it is also cheaper to maintain an electric car. The result is a phenomenon whereby an electric car is initially expensive to buy, but after a certain period of use the total cost is lower than for other cars. Studies show that the total cost of an electric car can be lower than that of an internal combustion engine vehicle in as little as five years. Choosing an electric car can therefore be seen as an investment.

A giant leap into the future?

We dare say that the electric car is already suitable for most homeowners and it is only a matter of time before it is suitable for everyone. Did you know that electric cars and solar panels are made for each other? If you are also interested in solar power, you should ask for a quote for a solar power system from Taloturva, as we can also install a high-quality charging point for your existing or future electric car, along with the solar panels. Start your journey into the future by booking a free photovoltaic survey, where an expert will assess the suitability of your house for solar power generation and calculate a tailor-made offer for a photovoltaic system.

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