Ownership and Driving

green driving

As with a car that is powered by petrol or diesel, you’ll get more range out of your electric or hybrid car if you adapt a more economical driving style. To give you a hand, here’s a few of our top tips:

  • Be smooth with your inputs – hard acceleration, harsh braking and sudden hard turns can cause your potential range to suffer greatly. Try to be smooth when it comes to things like accelerating to maximise range.
  • Keep your car tidy – whilst this may not sound overly impactful on green driving, having a car filled with unnecessary items means lumbering around additional weight. Extra weight means your car needs to use additional power when getting around.
  • Plan your route – trying to plan your route so that it is the most efficient route possible (an option on many modern sat navs) will ensure that you reach your destination the best way possible. It also allows you to work in charging breaks for longer journeys.
charging your electric car

Due to the ever-growing world of electric and plug-in hybrid cars, the number of public charging points across the country is rapidly increasing – it’s estimated that there’s currently over 10,000 charging points for people in the UK to use.

Although it may seem daunting at first, charging your electric or plug-in hybrid car couldn’t be easier these days – providing the charging point offers your correct attachment, it is literally “plug-and-play”

If you ever need to help finding a charging point or identifying locations that have your exact attachment, arguably the easiest way is to take a look at this service offered by Zap-Map.

maintaining your electric car

Thanks to the minimalist nature of electric cars, servicing your car couldn’t be simpler. Unlike cars powered by petrol or diesel engines, there are no pistons or other moving parts within an electric car’s power plant.

Fewer moving parts simply means that there are fewer parts facing continual wear and tear – those that do wear are often covered by special warranties* (*this varies from car-to-car). The lack of parts such as pistons also means that you don’t need to worry about constantly checking oil and coolant levels.

When it does come to servicing time, you can be assured that our specialist aftersales teams will be able to assist you. Working in state-of-the-art workshops, all of our Technicians are equipped with the latest tools and techniques to keep your electric car running perfectly.

electric car grants

With a keen focus on making the UK’s roads greener and more environmentally friendly, the Government are currently offering a grant for people purchasing new electric vehicles. This grant can see people saving thousands when they buy an electric vehicle.

Using the plug-in car grant, you can benefit from a saving of 35 per cent of the cars value, up to a maximum amount of £3,500. What’s even better is that it isn’t a complicated thing to apply for; the dealership will automatically apply this discount for you and will handle all of the paperwork.

Under new terms, the Plug-in Car Grant (PiCG) is now only applicable to fully electric vehicles that were previously classed as ‘Category 1’ (see the full list here). If you’d like to learn more about the grant please do not hesitate to contact your local dealership by going here.

electric vehicle homecharge scheme

Whilst only fully electric vehicles are now eligible for the PiCG, there is a long list of electric and plug-in hybrid cars that are eligible for the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (see the full list here).

Using this scheme, owners of eligible electric and plug-in hybrid cars can get up to £500 (including VAT) off the cost of installing a charger at their home to allow for faster charging of their vehicle when not out and about.

This is a scheme that you have to apply for through the Government, so you’ll want to take a look through these documents and pages to find out more and to apply.