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Electric cars

Your guide to electric cars from Arnold Clark.

Buying your first electric car?

Forget paying more for petrol and road tax – there’s a new generation of electric cars that’ll take you further than ever.

From hybrids to PHEVs, Arnold Clark has a model that can easily plug into your busy life.

Electric car charging socket

The benefits of electric cars

An electric car is great for people who make lots of short journeys and want to reduce fuel costs and their impact on the environment.

Low to zero CO2 emissions No petrol costs Smooth driving experience No road tax Government grants and incentives

What car should I buy?

If you choose electric driving, there are three choices to suit your lifestyle:

Hybrid

The petrol engine is connected to a small self-charging electric motor, which kicks in at lower speeds. You get a more fuel-efficient journey and fast manoeuvring in traffic (using electric mode).

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Plug-in hybrid (PHEV)

A PHEV is an electric vehicle with a petrol-powered back-up engine to extend its range. It has lower emissions than a hybrid and less reliance on traditional fuel.

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Electric (EV)

These fully electric cars run entirely on an electric battery, which you either buy or lease when you purchase the car. No emissions, no road tax, and tons of government incentives.

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Charging and charging points

If you have driveway or parking space outside your home, you can charge overnight using a traditional plug socket.

There are also 12,000 electric car charging stations all over the UK, and the number is growing daily. You access them using a network tariff card.

Use of these will be determined by which connector your car has.

Electric charging icon

Slow (up to 3kW)

Overnight, 13 Amp socket (home and on-street)

Fast (7–22kW)

3–4 hours, from most on-street public chargers

Rapid (22kW+)

30 minutes to 80% charge, from public chargers

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