Here at Flear and Thomson, we’re proud to offer a wide range of electric and hybrid models from top marques that are ideal for anyone looking for an eco-friendly driving experience.
Types of electric/hybrid vehicles explained
Get fully clued up about the types of electric vehicles available.
Electric vehicle FAQ
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.