Frequently Asked Questions on Electric & Hybrid Cars

What is an electric car?

An electric car is a vehicle that’s propelled by one or more electric motors, using energy stored in rechargeable batteries.

Where can I charge my electric car?

Your electric car can be charged at home, at your workplace or using public charging points.

How much does it cost to run an electric car?

Many electric vehicles cost between 2-4p per mile to run. Servicing and maintenance are typically cheaper too.

What is regenerative braking?

Regenerative braking works by taking energy that would otherwise have been lost during braking and storing it in the battery for use later.

Are electric cars safe?

Electric cars are considered to be safer than those with internal combustion engines. As modern vehicles they are also fitted with advanced technologies for day-to-day protection on the road.

How often does a hybrid battery need to be replaced?

The batteries in modern hybrid cars are designed to last in excess of 100,000 miles, and many are covered by an eight or ten year warranty. If you’ve bought a hybrid vehicle new or nearly new, you’re unlikely to need to replace the battery pack.

What are alternative fuels?

Alternative fuels are those that power a vehicle and aren’t petrol or diesel. They include natural gas, methanol and electricity.

Do hybrid cars cost more to repair?

Typically, routine maintenance and repairs cost no more for hybrid and electric vehicles than for conventional fuel cars. Often, because the engine has fewer moving parts, maintenance such as servicing is cheaper.

Can I charge my electric car at home?

To charge your vehicle at home you’ll need a home charging point. The government offers a grant to make the cost of getting one installed more affordable.

What is the best electric car?

The best electric car to buy depends on your specific needs and preferences. The Volkswagen e-Golf and e-Up models are among the best on the market according to a recent article in Autocar.

What is the best used hybrid car to buy?

The best used hybrid car for you depends on your specific needs and preferences, but popular options include the Volkswagen Golf GTE PHEV, Audi A3 e-tron and Hyundai Ionic.

How do I charge my hybrid car?

You can charge your plug-in hybrid vehicle by connecting it to any compatible charging point. Self-charging hybrids, meanwhile, don’t need to be plugged in as they charge on the move.

How does a hybrid car save energy?

The electric motor in a hybrid vehicle increases fuel efficiency. With features such as regenerative braking too, energy is stored and reused more effectively, leading to an overall saving.

How do I drive a hybrid car efficiently?

Driving a hybrid efficiently is similar to driving a conventional fuel car efficiently. Maintaining tyre pressure, removing unnecessary weight and taking note of the information about your driving behaviour presented on the instrument panel all help to get the most from each mile.

How does an electric car work?

An electric car uses a battery pack to power one or two electric motors, which in turn propel the vehicle. The battery must be charged at an appropriate wall outlet or charging station.

Are electric vehicles the future?

Electric and hybrid models are rapidly gaining in popularity, and more and more manufacturers are pledging to electrify their vehicles within the next decade. The UK government is aiming to have phased out conventional fuel vehicles entirely by 2040.

Are electric vehicles worth it?

Although they are more costly to purchase, electric vehicles are far more cost-effective to run than petrol or diesel models. Zero-emissions cars are also exempt from road tax and, of course, don’t contribute to air pollution.

Are electric vehicles cheaper to run?

Electric vehicles typically only cost 2-4p per mile to run, and maintenance is often cheaper due to fewer working parts in the engine.

Are electric vehicles better for the environment?

Yes – both electric and hybrid models reduce CO2 and NOx emissions, meaning they can help reduce air pollution.

Can electric cars tow a trailer?

As with conventional cars, only certain hybrid vehicles can tow a trailer, and so far, very few electric options. Among them are the Volkswagen Passat GTE, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Kia Optima PHEV Sportswagon.

What electric cars are available?

To find out which electric cars are available from Des Winks, contact us today.

How much does an electric car cost?

Electric cars vary in cost – speak to us today to find out about current deals and finance packages for your chosen model.

Should I buy an electric car?

Whether you’re ready to invest in a hybrid or electric car is your choice, but we can highly recommend it. Speak to our team today to find out more.

How many electric cars are there in the UK?

Figures from SMMT showed that almost 60,000 plug-in vehicles were registered in the UK over the course of 2018, with some 27,000 more sold as of June 2019. In total, it’s estimated some 219,000 plug-in cars and 8,500 plug-in vans are now on British roads.

Are electric charging stations free?

Most public and workplace charging stations are free to use. Those at motorway service stations, however, tend to be charged.

Are electric cars automatic?

Electric vehicles have only one gear, as they can rev to a higher rate than conventional fuel cars and are more power efficient throughout the rev range.

Do electric cars charge themselves?

Self-charging hybrid vehicles charge themselves, but plug-in hybrid and electric models must be connected to a power source in order to charge.

Do electric cars reduce pollution?

Electric cars reduce CO2 and NOx emissions, resulting in better air quality, particularly in urban environments.

How much money can you save with an electric car?

The amount of money you can save over the lifetime of an electric vehicle is considerable, as there’s no need to pay road tax, and fuel and maintenance costs are cheaper. For help with calculating potential savings, contact us today.