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Why drive Electric or Hybrid?

There are many benefits of driving an electric or hybrid vehicle. Below you will find the key benefits for making the switch to electric/hybrid driving:

  • Save on Road Tax 
  • Smoother, quieter driving experience
  • Low to zero co2 emissions
  • Government grants and incentives
  • Choice of models from premium brands
  • Reduced or no fuel costs
Find out more about these benefits

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Electric vs Hybrid: What's the difference?

There are many differences between electric and hybrid vehicles. Combine that with the different clarifications of both hybrid and electric vehicles, you may be left feeling unsure which vehicle suits you best.

Below are the main choices you have and what makes them different.

Mild Hybrid (MHEV)

Range Rover Evoque

A relatively new hybrid technology that is starting to see widespread adoption amongst a range of brands. In an MHEV vehicle, a smaller electric motor assists a conventional combustion engine by redeploying energy lost during braking. This assistance can come in the form of aiding the vehicle to accelerate, which can see a surprising increase in efficiency.

Self-Charging Hybrid (HEV)

Toyota Yaris

A HEV vehicle is the combination of an electric motor working with a combustion engine. These vehicles can see sharp rises in efficiency due to features such as dedicated EV modes, assisted acceleration or electric ‘gliding’ modes on long journeys. Conveniently these vehicles require no plug-in charging, only fuel is needed like a standard petrol/diesel car.

Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV)

MINI Countryman PHEV at Cooper MINI Inchcape

A plug-in hybrid is just what it sounds like, a hybrid vehicle that is charged via plugging into an external power supply. These vehicles can be seen as bridging the gap between milder forms of hybrid and full electric vehicles. Features include much longer electric range than other hybrids, large MPG figures and even increased performance levels.

Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV)

Mercedes-Benz EQC

BEVs are vehicles driven only by a powerful electric motor, running entirely on electricity. Charged from either a traditional three-pin socket or faster dedicated charging stations, it is widely agreed that electric cars are massively important to the future of motoring. These vehicles now come in many body styles, all with zero emissions.

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The simple answer is, yes. Electric cars do not require any fuel, and therefore do not release any emissions into the atmosphere. They are the greenest option there is when it comes to cars.
There is no specific timescale for the battery life within an electric car, but they are proving to be very reliable. If you have your vehicle serviced regularly, as you would any traditional car, to ensure your battery remains healthy, there’s more chance of it lasting longer.
As with electric car batteries, the battery in a hybrid car should have a fairly long life as long as you care for it correctly and ensure you get your vehicle regularly serviced.
It depends on the vehicle you have. Most electric cars do have fairly quick charging times; some can even be charged in less than an hour. As research and investment continues, charge times for electric cars will likely continue to improve.
An approximation of how much it costs to fully charge your vehicle can be worked out by multiplying the cost per unit of electricity by the size of the battery. The average cost for domestic electricity is 14p per kWh so, for example, if your car battery is 40kWh, it will cost around £5.60.