Why Go Electric? From zero emissions to lower running costs and tax exemptions, there are many reasons why electric motoring is becoming increasingly popular.

The benefits of buying electric

When you buy an electric car you can expect more than just eye-catching styling, impressive aerodynamics, advanced technology and a wealth of high-tech safety equipment. You can also enjoy reduced fuel, tax and maintenance costs as well as exemptions regarding London’s Low Emission Zone charges.

 Electric vehicles are cheaper to run. On a cost-per-mile basis, a full electric car could cost you a quarter or less of what a traditional petrol or diesel car might. There are also the environmental benefits as zero emissions driving will reduce your carbon footprint.

Key benefits include:

Electric cars offer a wide range of environmental, economic and performance benefits.

  • Greener
  • Faster
  • Cheaper to run
  • Convenient to service
  • Soon to be cheaper to buy or lease

Types of electric/hybrid vehicles explained

Get fully clued up about the types of electric vehicles available.

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    Electric Vehicle (EV) Electric Vehicles - known as EVs or BEVs - come with a fully electric powertrain and are powered by high-capacity batteries. The battery is used to run the electric motor for a smooth, efficient driving experience. EVs have no combustion engine and can be recharged at home or on-the-go.
    Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) Hybrid Electric Vehicles have both a traditional combustion engine and an electric powertrain which kicks in to reduce fuel output. Dedicated to delivering a low emissions ride, HEVs use regenerative braking to recharge the battery pack and don’t have to be plugged in.
    Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles or PHEVs recharge the battery through regenerative braking and can also be plugged into an external source of electric power. PHEVs typically have a larger battery than HEV models and can go further distances on all-electric power.

    Electric vehicle FAQ

    How does an electric car work?

    All-electric vehicles (EVs) have an electric motor instead of an internal combustion engine. The vehicle uses a large traction battery pack to power the electric motor and must be plugged in to a charging station or wall outlet to charge.

    How much does it cost to run an electric car?

    An electric vehicle typically costs around 3-4 pence per mile which is less than diesel or petrol cars. If you charge at home, the cost will depend on your electricity rates and whether you plug in your electric vehicle on or off-peak.

    Are electric vehicles safe?

    Electric vehicles are considered safe as they are powered by batteries instead of flammable gasoline. There’s a very low risk of lithium-ion batteries burning in comparison to petrol or diesel engines.

    Where can I charge my electric car?

    Charging your electric car is easy. It can be done at home by plugging your vehicle into a regular wall socket or by investing in a special Wallbox for a higher-powered charging experience. You can also charge your car on-the-go at public charging stations.

    How long does it take to charge an electric car?

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    A typical electric car with a 60kWh battery takes just under eight hours to charge from empty-to-full. This is with a 7kW charging point. Most drivers top up before their battery is completely empty which helps to save time. For many cars, you can add up to 100 miles of range in 35 minutes with a 50kW rapid charger. The bigger your car’s battery and the slower the charging point, the longer charging will take.

    How often do hybrid batteries need replacing?

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    The batteries in modern hybrids are designed to last for at least 100,000 miles. Some might even make it to 150,000 or more. If you're the original owner of a hybrid vehicle, chances are you won't ever have to replace the battery pack.

    Are electric cars better for the environment?

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    Yes. Electric cars release zero emissions and therefore don’t pollute the environment. A hybrid vehicle runs using a combustion engine and an electric motor which helps to cut fuel consumption and conserve energy.

    What is regenerative braking?

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    A hybrid electric vehicle cannot be plugged in for the battery to charge. Instead, a process called regenerative braking is used to help recharge the battery alongside the internal engine. Regenerative braking transforms kinetic energy produced by the moving car into electrical energy stored back into the batteries.

    Should I buy an electric car?

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    Buying an electric car has many benefits including lower running, fuel and maintenance costs. Electric vehicles are better for the environment meaning you won’t have to pay the fees in congestion zones and are easy to charge. Electric models can be charged at home or on-the-go. They also have fewer moving parts making servicing easier.

    What electric cars are available?

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    There’s a whole range of electric cars available from Flear and Thomson including the all-new e-Niro and the Niro Plug-In Hybrid as well as the Soul EV.

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