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Introduction to hybrid and electric cars

As the world focuses on being kinder to the environment, car manufacturers have begun to expand their new car ranges to include hybrid and electric vehicles.

Deciding which type of electrified car is suitable for you may be daunting at first, but once you have a better understanding of the key differences, charging points, benefits, and the costs involved you'll be more confident you are making the correct decision.

What are the different types of electric vehicles?


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Frequently Asked Questions

How far can electric cars go?

Advancements in technology have resulted in electric cars that are more capable of driving longer distances with an increased range.

The real answer of how far an electric car can go largely depends on the car, as the all-electric range varies considerably, but if we take the Jaguar I-PACE as an example, it can travel up to 292 miles, according to WLTP.

How long do batteries last in electric cars?

The current predication for how long car batteries will last in electric cars is between 10 and 20 years.

Like with mobile phone batteries, electric car batteries gradually decline in condition; affecting the amount of charge the battery can hold.

The life of a battery is largely dependent on how it is cared for; overheating, overcharging, deep discharge and high discharge can all impact the battery's condition.

Most car manufacturers will have a five to 8-year warranty on their batteries to provide peace of mind to customers.

Are electric cars boring to drive?

Simple answer - no.

Electric cars have unique qualities that make the driving experience the complete opposite to boring. Powerful yet silent, electric vehicles benefit from instant torque from the electric motor; resulting in rapid acceleration, faster than the acceleration from a petrol or diesel car.

How fast can electric cars go?

Remarkably fast, some electric cars are even reaching supercar levels of acceleration and are accomplishing 62mph from a standstill in less than 4 seconds.

Take the Porsche Taycan, for example, with a top speed of 162mph and a zero to 62mph time of a mere 2.8 seconds we would consider this electric car to be very fast indeed.

Why are electric cars better for the environment?

The absence of an internal combustion engine and therefore no fuel to burn results in electric cars being kinder to the environment.

Thanks to zero CO2 emissions you can expect free road tax, just to add to the list of benefits.

How efficient are hybrid and electric cars?

Efficiency is a key attribute of electric cars thanks to them converting over 77 percent of the electrical energy from the grid to power at the wheels, compared to around 12 to 30 percent being converted with a conventional petrol-powered car.

You do not have to go for a BEV to experience increased efficiency as hybrid cars are efficient too. The use of intelligent regenerative braking captures and stores energy that would normally be lost when braking and redeploys the energy to assist with acceleration.

Can you get all-wheel or four-wheel drive hybrid and electric cars?

Yes, there are plenty of hybrid and electric cars that are available with all-wheel or four-wheel drive such as the Jaguar I-PACE, Mercedes-Benz GLC Plug-in Hybrid and the BMW X5 Plug-in Hybrid, to name a few.

Are there still Government grants available?

Yes, there are grants available for plug-in vehicles. Which grant and how much you are entitled to will depend on if your car meets certain criteria. You can find full details on the government website.