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Why Go Electric?

The future is now here in the form of electric cars, but are you up to date on everything automotive electric? Is it simply a case of buying an electric car when it's time for your next car, therefore signifying that electric cars are now automotive normality? And what about hybrid vehicles, and just how many different types are there?

The answer is a lot simpler than you might think. To make it a bit easier to understand, this page will simplify the different types of electric vehicle, in which there are four different types, along with highlighting the advantages of choosing an electric vehicle for your next car.

First thing's first, how many different types of Electric and Hybrid vehicle are there, and what are the differences? 

Types of Electric Vehicles

  • Mild electric vehicle.

    A conventional engine along with a battery driven electric motor are used in this set-up. The electric battery simply assists the car's engine in powering the vehicle.

  • Hybrid electric vehicle visualisation.

    Just like a Mild Hybrid, two sources of power are used in this set-up. These are a conventional engine and a battery driven electric motor. Only in this set-up the car automatically switches between each source when required.

  • Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle visualisation.

    Again using two sources of power, with an engine and battery driven electric motor, a PHEV features larger batteries to allow you to travel further. This set-up requires the vehicle to be plugged into the mains to recharge.

  • All-electric vehicle visualisation.

    A set-up using just batteries, the vehicle is able to travel on electric power only. This set-up also requires the vehicle to be plugged into the mains to recharge.

Benefits of choosing an electric car

The popularity of electric cars, hybrids and similar has grown as technology has moved forward and the electric car is now more attractive than ever. But what makes the electric car so appealing?

  • More environmentally friendly, no CO2 emissions
  • Low maintenance and running costs
  • Quiet and comfortable
  • Attractive Government incentives and grants
  • Low to no road tax and toll savings
  • Impressive performance

Electric vehicle charging

Electric Vehicle Charging

  • Slow charge plug.

    Slow charging rate 3-5 kW, will charge an all-electric vehicle in about 6-12 hours.

    Socket type(s): 3-pin or Type 2

  • Fast charge plug.

    Fast charging rate 7-22 kW, will charge an all-electric vehicle in 3-4 hours.

    Socket type(s): a tethered Type 1 or a Type 2

  • Rapid charge plug.

    Rapid charging rate 43+ kW, will charge an all-electric vehicle in 30-60 minutes.

    Socket type(s): tethered Type 2, CCS, CHAdeMO

Where to charge my electric vehicle?

Home Charging Points

At home charging points offer benefits like the increased charge speed, built-in safety features and weatherproofing. The good news is that government grants are available to help with the set up costs.

Work Charging Points

Some charging points are universal and can be installed to your workplace or office car park. Again, the government website lists all the information regarding getting this set up and how businesses can apply.

Public Charging Points

Dotted all over the UK are public charging networks which you can charge your car from, whilst on the move. Rapid charging along with normal charging is possible with many electric cars being able to use these facilities.

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