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.

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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
(BEV)
Plug-in Hybrid
(PHEV)
Self-charging hybrid
(HEV)
Mild hybrid
(MHEV)
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

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. To find out everything you need to know about charging then visit our charging page.

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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?

You can calculate the time it takes to charge an electric car by dividing the battery size by the rate of charge. The time it takes to charge an electric car depends on a number of variables including the make, model, battery size and type of charger. Usually the larger the battery capacity of the car, the longer it takes to 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.

Are all electric cars automatic?

Fully electric cars do not have a manual gearbox meaning they are almost always automatic due to their single-speed transmission. However, with hybrid electric vehicles manual gearboxes are available.

Are electric car charging stations free?

Costs will vary depending on the provider. Many of the electric car charging stations across the UK are free. Find out more information on electric car charging.

Can you charge an electric car without a driveway?

You can charge your car with the public charging network which now has over 30,000 public chargers in over 11,000 locations. There are now more charging points in the UK than petrol stations. Find out more about electric car charging.

Can electric cars run on petrol?

BEV cars (Battery Electric Vehicles) are electric only. Plug-in hybrid, self-charging-hybrid and mild hybrid cars all run on a combination of combustion engines and electric motors. This means they can be powered by battery or fuel such as petrol.

Can you lease an electric car?

Yes. There are a range of car finance options available for electric cars, you can find out more about the options available here.

What electric cars are available on motability?

There are a range of electric cars available on motability, you can browse the range here.

Representative finance example -
£181 Monthly payment
£181 Deposit
60 Term (months)
4.7% Fixed interest rate
£8,998 Cash price
£8,817 Credit amount
£1 Completion fee
£11,058 Total amount payable
8.9% APR Representative
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