Why electric is easier than ever
Electric vehicles can be a confusing subject but don't worry we're here to help you with clear, simple advice.
After 60 years in the automotive business, we are proud to embrace change and the evolving landscape. As a forward-thinking business and electric vehicles on the increase, we have worked really hard to ensure we can offer all our customers the right buying experience for your fleet or business.
Types of electric vehicles
With so many acronyms flying around, it’s no wonder that some people are put off by the range of options available. Here we break down the different electric vehicle variations so you can make an informed decision.
In the case of a mild hybrid, the conventional combustion engine is assisted by a battery driven electric motor. Although the electric battery cannot power the car itself, the assistance it provides reduces emissions.
A Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) utilises two sources of power - conventional and electric. The vehicle will automatically switch between the two depending on the speed of travel. When crawling through heavy city traffic, for example, a HEV will switch to electric power and will not use the conventional engine at all.
A Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) is similar to a HEV in that it uses both conventional and electric power sources, but the battery is much larger and as a result the vehicle is able to travel further distances using solely electric power. They need to be plugged into a charging point in order to recharge the electric battery.
The All-Electric Vehicle (E) is driven purely by electricity. Simply plug in to a charging point to charge and the car will take care of the rest. The e-Niro will take you 282 miles on a single charge, so if you’re planning on making a long journey don’t forget to plan your charging points in advance.
Where and how to charge your EV
Charging an electric vehicle is a little different to filling the tank with petrol or diesel, but the basic concept remains the same. You need to make sure your car has sufficient power to get from A to B, stopping to top-up along the way if necessary. With over 100,000 charging points across Europe you can rest assured that you’ll never be far from your next charge.
Charging at home
As long as you have off-street parking, you’ll be able to get a charging point installed.
You’ll receive a cable from the manufacturer to connect to the socket - simply plug it in to your EV to begin charging, just like a smartphone.
You can also connect your electric car to a standard 3-pin socket in your house, but this takes a lot longer to achieve full charge.
Plenty of public destinations now provide electric charging points including supermarkets, shopping centres, restaurants and car parks. They’ll often let your charge for free to encourage you to visit, but you usually need to bring your own cable.
For longer journeys, most motorway service stations now offer rapid charging points.
Charging at work
A lot of workplaces are getting on board with the electric revolution and now offer charging points in their car parks for employees to recharge during the work day.