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Electric and hybrid cars

At Arnold Clark, we offer the best electric car deals with a selection of new and used from 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, emissions and road tax. We want to make sure that you choose the car that’s best suited to you and your needs.

If you opt for electric driving, you’ll have three main choices:

- Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) Hybrid (HEV)
Motor Type Electric only Combustion engine and electric motor Combustion engine and electric motor
Electricity supply Battery is charged by plugging into the grid Battery is charged by plugging into the grid Battery is charged by the combustion engine
Charging point required? Yes Yes No
Emissions Zero CO2 emissions Approximately 35-55g/km* Approximately 40-100g/km*
Road tax Low to zero Low Lower than petrol/diesel model equivalent

The benefits of owning 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. 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.

Electric car range

The range of electric vehicles varies depending on the manufacturer. However, with fast-improving technology resulting in more charging points across the UK, and a bigger choice of hybrid vehicles, range anxiety will soon be a thing of the past.

According to insurance aggregator NimbleFins, who ran a test on several EV models available in the UK, the average electric car range is 149 miles.

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.

Representative finance example Brand New 69 Plate Volkswagen Golf
£259 Monthly payment
£3,400 Deposit
49 Term (months)
£26,495 Cash price
£22,345 Credit amount
£9,913 Guaranteed future value
£26,495 Total amount payable
£750 Volkswagen deposit
32,000 Contract mileage
6.0p per mile Excess mileage charge
0% APR Representative
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