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Hybrid and Electric FAQs

The rising popularity and availability of alternative fuel vehicles puts us in an exciting stage of the development of personal mobility. With it comes a lot of questions and here we try to answer some of the most popular ones. Alternatively, get in touch via the Livechat function or on 03334 559 573 to talk to one of our team.

Where can I charge my electric car?

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You can charge your electric car at your home or at public charging points. Increasingly, workplaces offer charging points, and many fuel stations are equipped with rapid chargers too.

How much does it cost to run an electric car?

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An electric vehicle costs approximately 2-4p per mile to run, which is significantly cheaper than petrol or diesel models. The cost of servicing is often cheaper too, thanks to fewer mechanical parts.

What is regenerative braking?

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Regenerative braking in an electric or hybrid car uses the motor to create resistance and act as a generator. This also means the brakes are used less, reducing wear.

Are electric cars safe?

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Yes – not only do they not produce NOx and CO2 emissions, they are fitted with the latest safety technology to protect you and your passengers. Speak to us today about the specifications of the electric model you’re interested in.

What are alternative fuels?

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Alternative fuels include hybrid and electric, as well as less common fuels such as bio-diesel and hydrogen, which provide an alternative to petrol or diesel power.

Can I charge my electric car at home?

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Yes – a wall box can be installed at your home to enable electric charging, or you can use a three-point plug, which offers a slower charging time. The government currently offers a financial incentive for this, meaning you could save up to £350 on your charger. Alternatively, some manufacturers offer a free wall box with a new electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle.

What is an electric car?

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An electric car is one that uses electricity to propel it, as opposed to petrol or diesel fuel. A hybrid model combines a petrol engine with an electric motor.

How does an electric car work?

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All-electric vehicles (EVs) have an electric motor instead of an internal combustion engine. The vehicle uses a large traction battery pack to power the electric motor, and must be plugged in to a charging station or wall outlet to charge.

Are electric cars worth it?

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Electric cars are considered to be the future of motoring. Not only are they much cleaner, they’re also cheaper to run and feature the latest technology. Grants are available to offset the purchase cost, and those driving in low-emission zones won’t incur charges.

Are electric vehicles cheaper to run than petrol?

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Yes – for 100 miles worth of charge you’ll pay between £2-4 if using overnight low-rate domestic electricity. The cost of petrol and diesel is significantly more. In addition, you’ll benefit from lower road tax, maintenance and Benefit-in-Kind.

Are electric cars better for the environment?

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In terms of everyday running, electric cars are better for the environment. They don’t emit NOx or CO2 gases, helping to reduce air pollution.

What electric cars are available?

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Johnsons represents a wide range of global vehicle manufacturers, and as such we have a variety of electric cars available for you to discover. Contact your local Johnsons dealership to find out which electric models we offer.

Should I buy an electric car?

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Whether an electric car is right for you depends on your individual circumstances. You’ll want to weigh up purchase and running costs, as well as confirm where you will charge it. Electric vehicles are becoming more accessible, and charging points more numerous, making it easier to run them.

Are all electric cars automatic?

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Most electric cars are automatic, featuring just two gears: one for forwards and one for reverse. An electric motor can spin much faster and doesn’t stall, negating the need for further gears.

How far can an electric car go?

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The range of an electric car depends on the model you choose. With the recent developments in technology, range is increasing. Many models are now capable of achieving over 100 miles on a single charge.

How many miles can an electric car go?

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Electric cars can often achieve over 100 miles on a single charge, with some reaching over 300 miles, meaning they can complete the daily commute without the need to be recharged during the day.

How long does it take to charge an electric car?

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How long it takes to charge an electric car depends on both the model you’re driving and the type of charger you’re using. A home wall box will charge an electric car in around 12 hours, while rapid chargers can restore the battery power in just a few hours. If only charging up to 80% charge, the charge times can be significantly reduced as the final 20% takes longer.