Electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) cars are more popular than ever, with pre-owned electric and hybrid car sales up by 34 percent between January and October 2017.
The trajectory only seems to be rising too, with the UK government’s Plug-in Car Grant guaranteed in 2018, electric cars will become a viable option for a large segment of motorists in the country.
The UK currently has over 100,000 plug-in vehicles on the road, in comparison to a mere 3,500 in 2013. The huge increase is owed to the fact that nearly every manufacturer now has at least one hybrid or electric model in their range. This provides a greater level of choice for drivers.
One of the biggest advantages for choosing an electric, hybrid or PHEV car is they save you money on fuel and are considerably more environmentally friendly, especially if most of your driving is around town and city roads.
To help you find out more about electric, hybrid and PHEV vehicles, we have compiled a list of frequently asked question our sales experts are faced with daily and with their expert knowledge have provided the answers so you know what to expect when you consider going electric.
How do electric cars feel to drive?
Gone are the days when the term ‘milk float’ was ubiquitous with electric vehicles. You’ll find most of the latest supercars use electric motors to increase performance.
The first thing you’ll notice when driving an electric car is the silence, a typical electric hatchback is as quiet as a Rolls-Royce. The handling on an electric car is also very easy, with invariable automatic gears and regenerative braking – the result can be an effortless drive around town.
How much do electric cars cost?
Electric cars are typically more expensive than more traditional fuel options, however, any initial outlay is usually offset by huge savings on fuel.
Generally, a charge giving you a range of around 100 miles will cost £2 to £4 in electricity. 100 miles in a petrol or diesel car will cost you around £12 to £15 in fuel.
Does an electric car need a regular MOT?
Almost every vehicle on the road requires MOT testing and electric vehicles are the same. Any over three years old require an annual inspection to ensure they’re road worthy.
Electric vehicles, however, will not go through emissions testing for obvious reasons. The average cost of MOT test fee is about £55
Why should I go for an electric, hybrid car?
There are many reasons why you should consider a hybrid. As well as the environmental impact, with compact hybrids emitting 10% fewer smog-producing emissions than their conventional counterparts, you'll also save on running costs.
The government has introduced a number of benefits for electric and hybrid vehicles to incentivise drivers to go ‘greener’. This includes tax incentives of up to £8,000 and a range of discounts and exemptions from congestion charge zones.
How does charging an electric car work?
Charging your electric car is as simple as plugging in your mobile phone, this can be done at home, at work or at a public charging point.
With the recent rise in popularity, public charging points are becoming more widespread across towns and cities. There also more standardised connectors to accommodate more vehicles now joining the market.
You’ll be able to find a number of useful online tools showing the location of charging points across the UK, and many electric cars have Sat-Nav that recognises these locations so you can always plan ahead.
Where can I buy best electric cars 2017?
Proliferating numbers of hybrid and electric cars has resulted in their filtering down into the used market - this is great news for car buyers because they can now enjoy the benefits of owning electric and hybrid vehicles while avoiding those initial high cost of buying one from brand new.
At Cargiant, our expert team of buyers have sourced the best performing and practical hybrid and electric cars in the country. With hundreds to choose from in our stock, you’re certain to find the right option for you.