Guide to Electric and Hybrid Cars

The market for electric and hybrid cars in the UK is rapidly expanding as more drivers want to be more eco-friendly. Electric and hybrid cars don't emit as much pollution as traditional cars, so they help reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Governments around the world are getting in on the action too. They're offering incentives to encourage drivers to switch to electric and hybrid cars. You could get tax credits, grants, rebates, or even avoid certain charges or taxes altogether. These perks make electric and hybrid cars more affordable and get more people interested in them. Read our guide to buying an electric or hybrid vehicle and let us support you on your car buying journey.

How Do Hybrid Cars Work?

Hybrid vehicles use a combination of an internal combustion engine (ICE) and an electric motor. Hybrids have a battery pack that stores electric energy and an ICE that runs on petrol or diesel. The electric motor assists the ICE during acceleration and low-speed driving, reducing fuel consumption and emissions. The battery is primarily charged through regenerative braking, which captures and converts energy during deceleration. In the UK, there are different types of hybrid vehicles, including self-charging hybrids and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). 

How Do Electric Cars Work?

Electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK operate using an electric motor powered by a battery pack. The electric motor generates mechanical energy, propelling the vehicle forward. The battery, which stores electrical energy, is charged by connecting the EV to an external power source such as a home socket or an EV charging station. Electric vehicles (EVs) are more energy-efficient, have an expanding charging infrastructure, and are at the forefront of technological advancements. They offer a quieter driving experience, financial savings and contribute to a cleaner, sustainable transportation future.

Benefits of Electric & Hybrid Cars

Electric and hybrid vehicles offer numerous benefits, making them increasingly attractive to environmentally conscious drivers in the UK. These vehicles produce lower or zero tailpipe emissions, significantly reducing air pollution and contributing to cleaner and healthier towns and cities. The environmental advantage is complemented by long-term cost savings. Electric and hybrid vehicles have lower running costs compared to traditional petrol or diesel cars. Not only can you benefit from reduced fuel expenses, but there are also tax exemptions and discounts on charges and parking fees available. The UK government actively supports the adoption of electric and hybrid vehicles by providing incentives to encourage their integration into the car market. These incentives can include grants, subsidies, and financial assistance, making electric and hybrid vehicles even more appealing to potential buyers. By choosing electric or hybrid vehicles, drivers can contribute to a greener future while enjoying financial advantages and government support.

Top Tips for Buying an Electric or Hybrid Vehicle

If you're considering buying an electric or hybrid vehicle, here are some top tips to keep in mind. Firstly, assess your driving needs and determine the range offered by different models to ensure it meets your requirements. Secondly, research available government incentives, grants, and tax benefits to maximise your savings. Additionally, consider the charging infrastructure in your area and whether it suits your lifestyle. Take test drives of various models to gauge their performance and features. Compare prices, warranties, and maintenance costs across different manufacturers. Lastly, don't forget to factor in the cost of installing a home charging station if needed. By considering these factors, you can make an informed decision and choose the electric or hybrid vehicle that best fits your needs and budget.

Charging Electric Vehicles and Charging Hybrid Cars

You can charge your vehicle at home, with an electric charger, or at certain public spaces such as supermarkets, town centres, public car parks and motorway service stations. Charging points can be installed in homes with a garage or driveway. The charging process for a hybrid, and mild hybrid, differs from fully electric cars. Hybrid vehicles have both a traditional engine and an electric motor with a battery. The battery in a hybrid car gets charged mainly through regenerative braking, which converts kinetic energy into electric energy while driving. On the other hand, certain hybrid vehicles, called plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), can also be charged externally using a regular power socket or an electric vehicle charging station. Mild hybrids (MHEVs) rely on regenerative braking as their primary method of charging the battery during driving and do not need external sources of charging.

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