Added: 10 February 2020
Introduced and developed more than 100 years ago, electric cars are back and continuing to grow, and it is clear they have a lot of potential in ensuring a more sustainable future. Their huge reduction in the C02 that they produce significantly helps improve air pollution and makes them more environmentally friendly when you compare them to Diesel and Petrol powered vehicles.
A hybrid vehicle combines petrol or diesel with an electric motor. The motor is initially what starts the engine, and then the petrol takes over. The battery is charged whilst the vehicle is in motion.
An electric vehicle (EV) doesn’t have an engine and solely runs on electric power. The battery is charged from an external power supply and the vehicle consumes less fuel and emit less Co2.
A plug in Hybrid has a smaller petrol engine and a more powerful electric motor. The vehicle has a longer range of electric only power in comparison to the hybrid. The battery is recharged via an electrical source.
There are now more than 29,000 car charging points over the UK which are found in several different locations. If you are unsure on where a charging point may be near you, you can use Google Maps to search for EV Charging stations which will instantly pull up nearby locations to use.
Of course, there is also always the option to have a car charging point installed at your home instead. This will allow you to charge your EV at a time that is convenient to you without having to leave the comfort of your own home. The OLEV Government Grant is available to those who have purchased an electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle from 1st October 2016 onwards. This grant offers drivers £500 off the total cost and installation of a smart home charger.
The battery of an electric vehicle has been researched and developed at great lengths to ensure the life of the battery is a long and successful one. On average the battery of an electric vehicle will last approximately 8 years often even longer, you should not need to have to replace the battery as it should last as long as the car does.
One of the key elements that manufacturers have worked on is ensuring that there is additional spare capacity in the vehicles to help reduce the number of cycles every battery goes through and ultimately ensure its life stays stable.
The spare capacity is stored within the cars battery pack and prevents owners from lettng the battery reach 0% as this would accelerate the depletion of the battery if you were to be charging from 0% - 100%.
As these vehicles produce zero emissions, they have zero rated standard tax for the first year and all the years to follow however, vehicles worth £40,000 will fall into the premium rate category.
The tax for a PHEV commonly costs between £10 and £100 for the first year, and up to £140 each year after depending on the C02 emissions.
This is for any vehicles that are worth £40,000 or more. The tax will need to be paid for the first 5 years the vehicle is on the road.
Remember, you must still tax your car even if it is exempt. For more details on tax, take a look at the government website - www.gov.uk/vehicle-tax
We hope this explains electric cars a little better in an informed and engaging way. Please contact one of our dealerships for more details here.
© 2020 Richmond Motor Group - Legal & Cookie Notice - Data Protection & Privacy - Site map - Automotive web design by Bluesky Interactive Ltd
REGISTERED ADDRESS: THE FRENCH QUARTER, 114 HIGH STREET, SOUTHAMPTON, HAMPSHIRE, SO14 2AA. REGISTERED IN: ENGLAND AND WALES REG COMPANY NUMBERS: 02971884, 03820911, 04358129, 03393853 AND 08425506. VAT REG NUMBERS: 619940318, 750105769, 176958348, 787693552 AND 991252115
RICHMOND CARS LIMITED, RICHMOND CARS (SOUTHAMPTON) LIMITED, RICHMOND CARS (GUILDFORD) LIMITED, RICHMOND CARS (FAREHAM) LIMITED AND RICHMOND CARS (BOTLEY) LIMITED ARE CREDIT BROKERS, NOT LENDERS, AND WE WILL INTRODUCE YOU TO ONE OF OUR PANEL OF LENDERS TO PROVIDE THE FINANCE FOR YOU. WE ACT AS NON-INDEPENDENT CREDIT INTERMEDIARIES FOR A SELECTED NUMBER OF LENDERS TO SUIT A WIDE RANGE OF FINANCIAL OFFERS TO SUIT THE INDIVIDUAL'S REQUIREMENTS. WE ARE AUTHORISED AND REGULATED BY THE FINANCIAL CONDUCT AUTHORITY. FINANCE SUBJECT TO STATUS. TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY. APPLICANTS MUST BE 18 YEARS OR OVER. A GUARANTEE/INDEMNITY MAY BE REQUIRED.
RICHMOND CARS LIMITED, RICHMOND CARS (SOUTHAMPTON) LIMITED, RICHMOND CARS (GUILDFORD) LIMITED, RICHMOND CARS (FAREHAM) LIMITED AND RICHMOND CARS (BOTLEY) LIMITED ARE APPOINTED REPRESENTATIVES OF CONSUMER CREDIT COMPLIANCE LIMITED FOR INSURANCE MEDIATION PURPOSES, THEIR FIRM REFERENCE NUMBER IS 631736. OUR FIRM REFERENCE NUMBERS ARE 627736, 629974, 627621, 848119 AND 848135. YOU CAN CHECK THIS ON THE FCA'S WEBSITE WWW.FCA.ORG.UK OR BY CONTACTING THE FCA ON 0300 500 8082.
RICHMOND CARS LIMITED, RICHMOND CARS (SOUTHAMPTON) LIMITED, RICHMOND CARS (GUILDFORD) LIMITED, RICHMOND CARS (FAREHAM) LIMITED AND RICHMOND CARS (BOTLEY) LIMITED ARE AUTHORISED AND REGULATED BY THE FINANCIAL CONDUCT AUTHORITY FOR CONSUMER CREDIT UNDER LIMITED PERMISSIONS. OUR FIRM REFERENCE NUMBERS ARE 673585, 687484, 683805, 741215 AND 741236. YOU CAN CHECK THIS ON THE FCA'S WEBSITE WWW.FCA.ORG.UK OR BY CONTACTING THE FCA ON 0300 500 8082.