Alternative Energy Charged by environmental benefit and Government policy change, electric and hybrid vehicle technology is rapidly advancing and it can be hard to keep up! Switching to a car powered by alternate energy and reaping the benefits doesn’t have to be daunting.

Take a look through the below to learn everything you could ever need to know about joining the electric revolution.

From combating range-anxiety and helpful advice that dispels the myths surrounding electric vehicles to a feed of up-to-date EV news, we have you covered when it comes to all things electric and hybrid!
Why Go Electric?
Environment Due to some – if not all – power coming from an electric motor, electric and hybrid cars are capable of releasing far fewer emissions into the atmosphere than fossil fuel powered cars. This makes them one the most environmentally friendly modes of transport.
Running Costs Due to electric and hybrid cars relying on electric motors, fuel stops are needed less frequently and running costs can be kept to a minimum. Depending on your provider, charging an electric car at home can cost as little as £2.50.
Performance Contrary to popular belief, electric and hybrid cars can offer performance benefits as well as all the economical ones. Unlike traditionally powered vehicles, electric and hybrid vehicles are capable of delivering high levels of torque instantly.
Connectivity The futuristic nature of electric and hybrid vehicles means that they usually feature upcoming technologies before traditionally powered vehicles. These features often mean that they are better integrated into your life and better connected to the wider world.
Find your Perfect Hybrid/Electric Car With a wide range of manufacturers now offering hybrid and electric vehicles, there has never been a better time to make the switch to electric power. Take a look at what our brands have to offer by using the below selector. As well as new cars, we’re proud to offer an extensive range of approved used hybrid and electric cars. Click on 'View Current Stock' to take a look.
Electric Power - Are the Myths True? As with any new technology, the switch to an electric or hybrid car can be daunting at first and you’re probably not without your questions. To help answer some of the questions you may have and to dispel some of the myths, we’ve gathered some of the most frequently asked questions below.

1. There are so many different types of hybrid and electric cars. What are the differences?

At first this can definitely get a bit confusing, but there are three main types to consider when looking at hybrid and electric cars:

Traditional Hybrids – these hybrids twin a traditional fossil fuel powered engine with an electric battery and motors. Traditional hybrids charge their battery solely through the use of the car’s brakes and engine.

Plug-In Hybrids – these work the same as traditional hybrids but offer the additional benefit of the ability to charge the car by plugging it into a charging station.

Fully-Electric Cars – unlike the hybrid choices, electric vehicles are powered solely by an electric batteries and motors. They can reuse energy from the brakes but require plugging-in to charge. Thanks to the total removal of the fossil fuel engine, they offer zero emission driving.

2. Do electric cars have a long enough range? Will I run out of charge quickly?

Do electric cars have a long enough range? Will I run out of charge quickly?

Advances in technology mean that modern day electric cars are now capable of offering 150 – 200 miles of range on a single charge (some even more). Whilst it may not sound like a lot compared to some petrol/diesel cars, it’s plenty for most journeys and it’ll cost you a lot less in fuel costs.

For longer journeys, you can simply give your electric car a little extra charge by plugging it in whilst you stop for a coffee or snack at one of the UK’s many service stations. There are now over 4,500 charging points across the UK that allow you to charge your electric car.

Battery technology is rapidly evolving - with future releases like Porsche’s Taycan offering ranges of over 310 miles per charge - so expect the available ranges to continue to grow significantly over the next year.

3. Are electric cars slow and boring to drive?

The experience when driving an electric or hybrid car is quite the opposite! Unlike traditionally powered vehicles, electric and hybrid vehicles are capable of delivering high levels of torque instantly.

The removal of any hesitation means that electric and hybrid cars accelerate faster and are more exciting to drive at real world speeds. 

As well as the power benefits, many also offer increased handling ability thanks to clever ways of using electric motors. One such method is to individually power and brake each wheel by using a dedicated electric motor on each; the result is improved levels of traction and cornering ability.

4. Don’t electric and plug-in hybrid cars place additional strain on the National Grid?

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With the Government wanting to make the switch to electric or hybrid power as soon as possible (banning the sales of new cars that aren’t hybrid or electric from 2035) this question has been a sticking point.

Research has shown that most electric and plug-in hybrid cars are charged overnight at people’s homes – this uses about the same amount of power as an electric dryer or stove.

Analysis by the National Grid actually suggests that the increase in electric and hybrid cars due to the 2035 ban would be completely manageable.

5. What happens if I run out of charge?

Just like a fossil fuel powered vehicle, electric and hybrid cars do need to be refueled or recharged.

Charging an electric car has never been easier, with all of them offering multiple options when it comes to charging. If you’re on the move, there are now over 4,500 charging points that can be used across the UK. Otherwise, you can simply charge your car at home overnight – just like you would your phone.

Plug-in hybrids and traditional hybrids benefit from the ability to simple pop into a traditional fuel station to fill the tank with normal fuel for the conventional engine. Plug-in hybrids can be charged as above as well as filled with normal fuel.

6. How long do electric batteries last and are they recyclable?

These days, you can expect an electric battery to last well into the 100,000’s of miles before you need to think about getting it changed – some electric taxis currently boast 75% battery capacity and over 120,000 miles on the clock!

In terms of recyclability, the electric batteries used in cars are now widely recyclable, with around 90% of the battery being reused. 

Helping this even more, there are currently schemes being tested that’ll use recycled car batteries in residential and commercial settings; batteries removed from electric cars typically have 70-80% power remaining, more than enough for other uses.

Did you know? The sale of electric and alternatively fuelled vehicles in the UK is relatively low in comparison to petrol and diesel vehicles, but things are changing
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