Electric and hybrid cars

At Arnold Clark, we offer the best new and used electric car deals from a selection of manufacturers including BMW, Hyundai, Kia, Mitsubishi, Renault and Toyota.


Which electric car should I buy?

There are some things to consider when choosing an electric car such as charging, driving range and road tax. We’re here to help you choose the car that’s best suited to you and your needs.

There are the four main types of electric vehicle to choose from:

Battery Electric Vehicle
Plug-in Hybrid
Self-charging hybrid
Mild hybrid
Motor Type Electric only Combustion engine and electric motor Combustion engine and electric motor Combustion engine and electric motor
How is the battery charged? The battery must be plugged in to charge The battery must be plugged in to charge The engine charges the battery The engine charges the battery
Can the battery power the car? Fully powered by the electric motor Powered by the electric motor or engine Powered by the electric motor or engine No, it’s not powerful enough to drive the vehicle
Charging point required? Yes Yes No No
Road tax Low to zero Low Lower than petrol/diesel model equivalent Lower than petrol/diesel model equivalent
How it works How it works How it works How it works

Benefits of a Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV)

Zero CO2 emissions

Driving an electric vehicle reduces both direct and lifecycle emissions from vehicle production.

No petrol costs

By not using traditional fuels, you’ll save money.

A smooth driving experience

With fewer moving parts and reduced engine noise, expect a calmer commute in your new EV.

Low to zero road tax

Thanks to reduced emissions, running costs will be cheaper.

Government grants and incentives

With the government keen to meet agreed emissions targets, financial assistance is available to help you make the switch.

No more range anxiety

Some EV cars deliver over 250 miles fully charged, which is sure to soothe any range anxiety you might have.

Electric car charging points

There are electric car charging stations across the UK. Questions about the cost of charging, and how long it takes to charge an electric car are common and answers depend on the types of charger your car has. There are three charger point variations:

Slow charging

Slow charging is rated at 3-6kW, meaning you can charge your EV overnight by plugging into a traditional three-pin socket.

Fast charging

Fast chargers are rated at either 7kW or 22kW, depending on their type. You can fully charge a car that’s powered by a 30kWh battery in 2-5 hours.

Rapid charging

Rapid charging of up to 50kW will have your car at 80% charge in just 40 minutes, meaning you can take on long distances hassle-free.

Charging at home

We’ve partnered with ScottishPower to make it easier to switch from petrol or diesel to an alternatively-fuelled vehicle.

Find out how much you could save on running costs and see how little it costs to charge your electric vehicle. Plus, you can take advantage of an exclusive 100% renewable electricity tariff from ScottishPower to further reduce your carbon footprint.

Electric car range

The range you can expect to get from your electric vehicle battery may change depending on the season, as cold weather requires higher energy use in order to heat the battery coolant, and to maintain a comfortable temperature inside the vehicle.

According to insurance aggregator NimbleFins, who ran a test on several EV models available in the UK, the average electric car range is 193 miles.

Thinking of going electric? Find out everything you need to know at the Arnold Clark Innovation Centre in Glasgow. We have a team of experts ready to answer your questions and over 60 electric and hybrid cars available to test-drive.

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Frequently asked questions

How much does it cost to charge an electric car?

According to leading electric vehicle charging provider PodPoint, the average domestic electricity rate is about 14p per kWh. This equates to around £11.20 for an electric car with 80kW engine.

How long does it take to charge an electric car?

This depends on the type of charger you have, which can either be slow, fast or rapid.

  • Slow is rated at 3-6kW and usually will need to be used overnight to reach full charge.
  • Fast is rated at either 7kW or 22kW, and takes from 2–5 hours for a full charge.
  • Rapid is rated at 50kW, and takes only 40 minutes for an 80% charge.
How do electric cars work?

Hybrid cars use both electric and combustion motors. Pure hybrids charge automatically through a combination of regenerative braking and an internal combustion engine, while plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) can be charged by plugging them in. A fully electric vehicle only has an electric motor and does not use traditional fuels, and will only charge up when it’s plugged in.

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60 Term (months)
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£8,998 Cash price
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