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Electric & Hybrid FAQs

How do electric cars work?

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Put simply, electric vehicles replace regular petrol/diesel engines with batteries that store electricity capable of powering an electric motor and making the vehicle mobile. There is no pollution through the burning of fossil fuels, and recharging of the battery can be achieved via a simple wall charger.

Are electric vehicles worth it?

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As more and more manufacturers enter the marketplace, the level of competition goes up, meaning that purchase prices are dropping. Plus, with government grants available to support your purchase, and the positive impact on the environment, it would be difficult to argue against the merits of electric vehicles.

Advantages and Disadvantages or a hybrid car?

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There are plenty of advantages to choosing a hybrid, most significantly the reduced CO2 emissions produced. The Hyundai Ioniq plug-in hybrid, for example, emits just 26g/km of CO2, meaning you have no road tax to pay. In terms of disadvantages, the still relatively new technology can often mean purchase prices are more expensive than petrol or diesel models.

Are hybrids more expensive to insure?

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Insurance premiums are often calculated based on various criteria, with one of the most significant being the value of the vehicle. With many hybrids being priced higher than regular models, you may well find your premium increasing. Shop around to ensure you’re able to find the best deal.

Do you really save money with a hybrid car?

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Yes. Although the purchase price may be steeper to start with, you will have lower road tax to pay thanks to lower emissions, and be able to take advantage of better fuel economy.

Where was the first electric car made?

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The first commercially available electric car to hit the market was the Toyota Prius. Unveiled in 1997, this model was mass-produced in Japan. Earlier models - including the Davenports’ electric models - were constructed around the globe, ranging from the US to Aberdeen.

Are electric vehicles the future?

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With cutting CO2 emissions a key concern for governments the world over, it’s almost certain that electric models will very much be a part of the future of motoring.

Who invented electric cars?

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The concept of an electric powered vehicle has been around for two centuries, with many inventors - such as Hungarian Anyos Jedlik and Thomas and Emily Davenport - creating models that ran on electricity back in the early 1800s. In fact, it was the Davenports, alongside colleague Orange Smalley, that were awarded the US patent for an electric motor. However, many people regard Robert Davidson as the true pioneer, with the development of the first large scale electric car built between 1837-1841.

How long do hybrid car batteries last?

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This depends on a number of factors. For example, age, usage, and mileage all affect the lifespan of a hybrid’s battery, but many experts expect that average battery to last for up to a decade.

Are electric car charging stations free?

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Depending on where you charge your vehicle, the price will vary. Rapid charging stations often require a small payment for use, while points at supermarkets and car parks are often free of charge.

How does an electric car charge?

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Charging your electric car is simple. Using home charging devices and public charge points dotted throughout the country means you will always be able to replenish the charge in your vehicle’s battery.

Are electric car batteries recyclable?

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Electric car batteries - lithium-ion batteries similar to those found in smaller devices such as laptops and mobile phones - are recyclable, and will continue to hold a charge that can be used to support the electricity grid and other, less reliable sources of energy.

Are hybrid cars bad for your health?

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Only if you’re involved in an accident! Other than that, it is the regular CO2 emissions that are harmful when inhaled.  

The Range

Which electric car has the best range?

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At present, the Tesla Model S offers the best range among electric vehicles, capable of covering up to 393 miles.

What is Nissan LEAF range?

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The latest iteration of the acclaimed Nissan LEAF currently delivers a range of 168 miles.

What is the Hyundai hybrid range?

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The Hyundai hybrid range incorporates a selection of vehicles, with the Ioniq arguably the pick of the bunch, and available in regular and plug-in hybrid iterations.

How much is a Hyundai Ioniq?

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The starting price of a new Hyundai Ioniq is £22,795 for the standard hybrid and £29,950 for the plug-in. However, ensure you check with your local Wessex Hyundai dealership to learn more about any special offers and deposit contributions that may be available. You’ll also be able to pick up pre-owned Ioniqs at a more than competitive price.

Which electric car is best to buy?

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Budget, style tastes, and driving requirements will dictate your choice of electric car. If you need to only cover a few miles, a cheaper option to take you around town is ideal, while longer journeys with a family mean you need an electric vehicle with far greater interior space and range. Speak to our experts today to learn more.

Can the Nissan LEAF be charged at home?

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Thanks to the 7kW home charger, you can fully replenish the battery of your Nissan LEAF in 7.5 hours at home.

Is the Kia Niro Hybrid self-charging?

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The Kia Niro Hybrid comes in two iterations - plug-in and self-charging. Utilising regenerative braking technology, the Kia Niro Self-Charging Hybrid converts energy lost through braking into a charge to replenish the battery.

How does a Kia Niro hybrid work?

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Depending on the model you choose, the Kia Niro Hybrid is either charged via an electric outlet or utilises regenerative braking to charge the battery. Both work alongside a traditional combustion engine to offer lower CO2 emissions when driving.