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What are the benefits of an Electric Vehicle?

Experience the thrill of driving with Electric Cars, offering immediate acceleration and a low centre of gravity for a delightful and easily manoeuvrable driving experience. Electric cars prove to be not only enjoyable but also cost-effective, with significant savings on running costs, tax, and city usage compared to traditional petrol or diesel vehicles. Their simplicity, featuring fewer moving parts, translates to more affordable servicing.

USP: Easy to Operate

USP: Environmentally Friendly

USP: Cheaper to Power, Service and Tax

USP: Virtually Silent

USP: NCAP safety ratings are all 4 or 5 stars

USP: Instant Acceleration

Cheaper to Run

Per Year Electric Car (eg, Nissan Leaf) City Car Petrol (eg, Vauxhall Corsa) Family Diesel (eg, Ford C-Max) Sports Hatchback (eg, Mini Cooper S)

Fuel costs per 10k miles

£690 £1,620 £1,850

£2,040

Servicing Costs

£200 £220 £300

£342

Road Tax

£0 £165 £220

£165

Congestion charge (12 London trips)

£0 £180 £180

£180

Total cost per year

£890 £2,185 £2,550

£2,727

Price per mile

£0.08 £0.21 £0.25

£0.27

 

Choosing the right EV for you

  EV (Electric Vehicle) PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle)

HEV (Hybrid Electric Vehicle)

Fuel   Electricity and Petrol Petrol
How they work Powered by an electric motor. The battery is charged when plugged into the electric grid. Powered by an electric motor and a petrol engine. The battery is charged when plugged into the electric grid and gives around 20 miles of electric driving. The car switches to its petrol engine when battery charge is low or power demands are high.

Powered by a petrol engine with the capability to switch to an electric motor when power demands are low. The battery is charged by the petrol engine.

Regenerative braking

Functionality built into EVs, PHEVs and Hybrids enabling the car’s battery to be topped up with charge during braking. As the accelerator pedal is released a braking effect is achieved by the motor switching to charging the battery rather than powering the car. This extends the battery range between charges and reduces wear and tear on brakes.

Emissions and air quality

Zero (local) emissions. Zero (initial) emissions. Overall a lower emission car than a conventional petrol powered vehicle.

Emissions are only lower than a conventional petrol vehicle when in city and traffic conditions.

Popular models

BMW i3 Nissan Leaf Kia Soul EV Renault Zoe Tesla Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV VW Golf GTE Mercedes C350e BMW X5 40e Volvo XC90 Twin Power Audi A3 etron

Toyota Prius Hyundai Ioniq Lexus range Infinity range

Running costs

Higher initial price offset with very low fuel, servicing and tax costs. Higher initial price due to twin technologies, no savings on servicing costs, lower taxation.

Lower initial price but limited savings on fuel, servicing and taxation costs.