Plenty of motorists are already perplexed by the number of different dashboard warning lights that pop up on their car’s display, but there a few new ones they are going to need to get their heads around sooner or later.
That’s because a number of dashboard icons are reserved only for plug-in cars that you would never have seen before if you’ve only filled a vehicle up with petrol or diesel.
The big question is, will you know what they are telling you? The quiz below will test your knowledge of hybrid and electric vehicle warning lights.
Brush-up on your icons: When most of us are driving electric cars like a Jaguar I-Pace (pictured), there are different dashboard warning lights motorists will need to know
While a conventional petrol or diesel vehicle will have a variety of warning lights to alert a drivers to an overheating engine, low oil pressure or serious mechanical malfunction, these will soon become obsolete.
That’s because a number of existing warning lights simply won’t apply to electrified cars.
And with fewer moving parts than a conventional model with a combustion engine, you might think there won’t be much need for too many extra icons when electric vehicles become mainstream.
However, there are 13 icons in this quiz that you won’t find in a petrol or diesel car but are likely to spot in one that you need to plug into the mains.
Not all of them are warning lights per se – some are icons telling you about functionality and different modes you’ll regularly spot if you’ve already made the switch the electric power.
The quiz, powered by vehicle leasing firm, Leasing Options, shows the symbol in question and offers a multiple choice of answers.
Once you choose the meaning behind the symbol, it will tell you if you’re correct or not and also explain why it would illuminate.
For those that are related to vehicle issues, the quiz also details if you need to simply restart the car for the light to disappear or get on the phone to a qualified mechanic to take an urgent look.
If you can’t see the quiz in the Mail Online app, click on this link to answer the questions on Leasing Options’ own site.
Demand for electric cars is at records levels, but not everyone is convinced…
There’s no doubting that the majority of today’s drivers will need to scrub up on these icons and any others that will be exclusive to electric cars in the future.
With the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles currently scheduled for 2040 in the UK, many are already making the transition to low-emission motoring way ahead of that deadline.
Latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (which holds all registration details in the UK) show that demand for pure electric vehicles has so far soared by 122 per cent in 2019 so far.
While pure electric vehicles only represent 1.3 per cent of the new-car market currently, the figures are only going to increase.
That is in some part down to car manufacturers ramping up their efforts to develop plug-in models that will serve motorists around the world better.
However, there remains plenty of reluctance among Britons to buy one – especially those over the age of 55.
LA Motor Show new arrivals: (Left) Audi has just unveiled the 278-mile range e-tron Sportback – an SUV aimed at families that’s on sale next year for around £70k. (Right) Volkswagen’s 365-mile ID Space Vizzion is another family-aimed car, this time a stylish estate – it’s due in 2021
A recent poll found there is a cut-off age around 55 when drivers are more skeptical about the concept of owning an electric car
A study centered around a poll of 2,000 motorists by KPMG earlier this month found that there was a clear cut off at this age where drivers were less open to the idea of owning a battery-powered vehicle.
Justin Benson, head of automotive at KPMG UK, said there is a ‘massive generational shift taking place’ in the market, as younger people appear far more accepting of the concept of using an electric car day-to-day while older licence holders doubt the capabilities of plug-in models.
He said that older drivers’ biggest concern of range anxiety (the fear of a car coming to a halt because it’s run out of battery power before reaching the desired destination) was unfounded, based on the average motorists’ annual mileage.
He explained: ‘I don’t think there will be range anxiety in the future, especially given that 85 per cent of all journeys made in Britain are less than 15 miles.’
The study found that for younger drivers the biggest worry about electric vehicles was focused around charging times, though there appeared to be more acceptance that plug-in periods will be significantly reduced among the panel of motorists in the lower age groups.
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