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Tips when buying your first electric car

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Tips when buying your first electric car


As electric vehicles (EVs) become more popular, it’s important to stay ahead of the game and know what’s what. Before you take the leap and buy an EV, we’ve put together our top three tips to help you make the best decision possible.


Whether you’re looking for an EV for your growing family or prefer to explore the twists and turns of life solo, there is an electric vehicle for everyone - it’s just figuring out the best option for you.


Not all EVs are made equal


Not all-electric vehicles are made in the same way. There are three main types of EVs out there that offer their own advantages:


  • Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) run on electricity only and have no combustion engine. This means that the battery capacity determines how far you can drive on one charge.
  • Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV) have an electric motor and a petrol engine. They can either run as parallel hybrids (where the two motors can run independently) or as a series hybrid (where the petrol engine acts as a generator to charge the battery).
  • Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) use fuel and electricity. When the battery power runs out, the combustion engine takes over.


From the plug-in PEUGEOT 3008 SUV to the radical and bold PEUGEOT 508, at Mantello PEUGEOT we have some amazing options. Just give us a call or stop by our showroom to have a chat with our friendly team.


Think about charging


Lots of customers ask us about charging their electric vehicles. Where are the charging stations? Is it expensive? Can I charge my EV if I live in an apartment?


For most electric cars, there are a few different ways that you can charge up. Most come with their own charging cords that you can plug them into your socket at home – either into the wall or into a charging box. Public charging stations are also popular and can provide affordable and fast charging times (as little as one hour) compared to charging at home, which tends to take longer.


The cost of charging depends on the way you charge and the type of vehicle you choose. To give you an idea, it can cost from around $12 - $23 to fully charge a small EV or about $22 - $45 to fully charge a larger EV.


Always test drive


Whether you’re buying an electric car or a traditional, fuel-powered vehicle, we always recommend trying before you buy.


Test-driving your potential new EV can help you figure out whether it’s roomy enough, whether it has ample cargo space for all of your weekend camping equipment, and how your favourite tunes sound over the car speaker system. 


During a test drive, we always encourage our customers to ask lots of questions, including:

  • What’s the Safety Rating?
  • Are the back seats adjustable?
  • Will my kids enjoy being passengers in this car? 


Mantello PEUGEOT are here for you


At Mantello PEUGEOT, we’ve been selling and servicing used and new vehicles for years. We love what we do and take pride in providing expert advice and professional, friendly service - whether you need a van, an SUV, a plug-in hybrid or just a chat about your options.