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Electric Car Technology Not Available On Petrol Cars

The heat is on for motorists to make the switch to electric vehicles. Petrol and diesel prices are rocketing, and current EV drivers may feel a little smug that they don’t have to hunt for a petrol station. If you haven’t made the switch yet, you may be a little reluctant and feel that this is just a big brother campaign, but that is definitely not the case. Electric vehicles are fast becoming the superior ride, and the reasons are numerous...

Net Zero Pledge

The push to convert is mainly due to the government pushing to meet the net-zero carbon emissions target that has been set globally because traditional fuels are not sustainable and seriously damaging to the planet. However, many substantial personal perks of switching from conventional combustion engines to leaner, greener electric cars and not just the fact they are much healthier and do not emit noxious gases. So, let’s look at some of the remarkable features electric car technology is bringing us.

Power Up in Many Ways

The great thing about electric vehicles is that they don’t need traditional fuel. Most owners will have a charging point installed at home, and the overnight trickle charge, which costs no more than about £3 a night. It’s enough to fully charge an EVs batteries in 12 hours, while you do absolutely nothing. There is also a rapidly expanding network of chargers in public carparks designed to top up the juice while you work or shop - taking between 3 and 8 hours. Finally, rapid charge gives you battery power in just 30 minutes, found at motorway service stations. It isn’t the cheapest charge but perfect for grabbing a coffee and ensuring you can get where you need to go.

Driver Assist

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Autonomous driving is the latest buzz in the car world. While electric cars do not offer this yet, they have many helpful artificial intelligence gadgets designed to help you enjoy a safe driving experience. Lights that automatically switch on when conditions require them, wipers that start when the rain appears, and parking assist cameras to give you a full 360-degree view of the area around your car. All the clever things an electric vehicle does are conveyed to the driver using high-resolution touch screen displays in the cabin.

Some of the Best Electric Car Features Around

Mercedes EQ Range

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The fully electric Mercedes-Benz EQ range has some impressive features only available on their EVs. This includes the MBUX Augmented Reality Head-up Display. Looking at screens could be seen as a distraction for a driver, so Mercedes has remedied this by creating a visual projection that pops up at eye level to make it easy to see without taking your eyes off the road. When the sat-nav is in operation, it will indicate your next turn using a large direction arrow which appears to float over the junction you need making it clear you need to take that road.

For passenger comfort, the Mercedes-Benz EQ range can also come with the rear luxury lounge package, which gives optimum control to create the perfect seating position, enjoy a massage or heat the seat. The passenger seats also have fully adjustable backrests and multi-contour seats.

Audi e-Tron

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Another range of electric cars with impressive features not found on fuel cars is the Audi e-Tron range. Although electric vehicles are much quieter than their combustion engine counterparts, the e-Tron range is so quiet that it can make other EVs seem positively noisy. Audi says this is down to their onboard refinements. The other clever feature of this car is so simple, but it solves an age-old problem. Audi has installed a charging outlet on both sides of the vehicle. There is no queuing at the petrol pumps, and the ability to charge from either side with no need to stretch the cable is absolute genius.

Inside there are 2 touchscreens, one at the top is 10.1 inches, and the bottom is 8.6 inches. These control the MMI Navigation Plus and the MMI Touch infotainment systems and anything you need the car to do. The proprietary Virtual Cockpit helps you adjust everything from temperature to seat comfort and music, with haptic feedback on the screen.

BMW iX

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The BMW iX range features plenty of AI tech to ensure a safe ride. Drivers can have warnings on lane-keeping, cross-traffic alerts, and blind spot safety. Active cruise control and forward crash avoidance are also perfect for future autonomy. This is thanks to the intelligence panel, which has been hidden in the mock radiator grille at the front of the vehicle. Inside there are 12 transceivers, 5 cameras, and 12 sensors combine to intelligently respond to conditions and create warnings when needed.

The isolation offered in the cabin is well worth mentioning with the BMW iX series. BMW boasts there’s just 58bB of exterior sound when the car is cruising at 50mph, which shaves 5dB off the Jaguar I-Pace, giving you a very chilled ride.

Taycan Cross Turismo

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Porsche has pulled out all the stops for this new addition to their garage. It offers 313 miles of range, which is achieved by electricity making it a lot cheaper than the cost of petrol or diesel for the same distance. The Porsche Taycan can also achieve a range of 62 miles when charged for just 6 minutes, so even if you forget to pop in on charge overnight, there is no need to be late to the office the following day.

Apple Music comes as standard, and the infotainment system is high end and provides many helpful features and controls. It can also be connected to a Spotify account if you prefer the tunes on offer there. ‘Hey Porsche’ is your helpful assistant; tell him you’re cold, the heating comes on, ask for directions, and the sat-nav kicks in. The car’s designers have also added Power Steering Plus, Active Lane Keeping and Porsche InnoDrive with adaptive cruise control.

Jaguar I-Pace

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Jaguar has also invested a lot of energy into the safety system of their electric vehicle range. With the Jaguar I-Pace, standard tech includes the Autonomous Emergency Braking system, which helps reduce the risk of collision, and Cruise Control with Speed Limiter, which is there to help you enjoy the safest driving experience possible. If you are looking for more, there are plenty of additional extras available, including adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, rear traffic monitor, lane departure warning, blind-spot assist and monitoring and driver condition monitoring that can detect if you are starting to get sleepy and need to pull over.

If you are not confident with parking, there are plenty of features to help with parallel and bay parking, thanks to the mass of cameras cleverly placed to help you see all your vehicle and remove any blind spots.

Desperate for a tech heavy car but don’t fancy of the ones above? Head over to our Electric Car leasing page to find your next ride.

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