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Volkswagen Electric

Reasons to drive electric

Below, we outline the main reasons why it’s worth switching to electric.

Zero-emission motoring - With an all-electric car, you can travel far and wide, safe in the knowledge that it’s producing zero harmful emissions.
Enhanced space - Unlike the majority of combustion-engined vehicles, electric vehicles (EVs) don’t feature a transmission tunnel that takes up valuable space. This means there’s more room for passengers to relax.
Maintenance costs – With an EV, you’ll find that your overall servicing bills are lower. This is because an EV powertrain features fewer moving parts and is therefore less likely to go wrong and, since EVs use regenerative braking, there’s less wear and tear on brake pads. Also, EVs don’t require oil.
Choosing the vehicle to suit you Your vehicles. Your way. Anywhere. With so many electrified cars available, you’ll be able to choose your ideal Volkswagen model at Johnsons Cars.

Types of electric/hybrid vehicles explained

With an electrified Volkswagen, you’ll not only save money on your everyday driving bills, you’ll contribute towards a more sustainable motoring future.

    Electric EVs such as the Volkswagen ID.3 run purely on electricity, thanks to an electric motor which is powered by a high-capacity battery (and which requires manual charging). EVs are very cost-effective to run, produce no harmful emissions and can be charged at home, at work and out and about.
    Plug-in hybrid A PHEV – the Volkswagen Golf GTE, for instance – combines the power of a combustion engine with the efficiency of an electric motor. Consequently, it’s affordable to run and produces significantly fewer emissions than a regular car. PHEVs require manual charging.
    Hybrid While hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) aren’t as efficient as PHEVs, they tend to be more so than conventional cars (and they feature self-charging batteries).
    Mild hybrid Mild hybrid electric vehicles (MHEVs) are much like FHEVs but don’t offer any kind of electric-driving capacity. However, they deliver all the other FHEV advantages, such an efficient motoring experience and a self-charging battery.


    Please take the time to browse our frequently asked questions if you have any electric-related queries – and be sure to contact us if you have any questions of your own.

    Are electric cars automatic?


    In almost every case, yes.

    What is a hybrid car?


    It’s a vehicle equipped with a combustion engine and an electric motor, the latter of which is powered by a self-charging battery. The electric motor provides the engine with energy boosts, ensuring instant torque, for example.

    What is a plug-in hybrid car?


    It’s similar to a hybrid car but features a higher capacity battery that requires external charging. Plug-in hybrids offer an all-electric range, up to 39 miles in the case of the Arteon eHybrid; they’re also very fuel-efficient and produce low emissions levels.

    How long does it take to charge a Volkswagen e-Up?


    The Volkswagen e-Up! is estimated to take around 16 hours and 45 minutes to charge using a regular wall plug. It can charge from 20% to 80% in about 24 minutes using a rapid-charging (50kW) public connector. The e-Up! has a maximum rapid charge power of 37 kW, but the average charge power is around 30 kW during this session.

    Should I buy an electrified car?


    Yes, if you want to save money on fuel and be responsible for producing fewer or even zero emissions. Feel free to contact your local Johnsons Cars Volkswagen team for expert and impartial advice.

    How does an electric car work?


    ​It’s powered by an electric motor (sometimes two) which is provided energy by a high-capacity battery, which can be charged at home, at work or on the road.

    How does a hybrid car work?


    Thanks to the addition of an electric motor (which is energised by a self-charging battery), a hybrid car’s combustion engine delivers enhanced efficiency and performance.

    Are electric cars better for the environment?


    Absolutely. All fully electric Volkswagens produce no harmful emissions whatsoever.