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Why Go Electric? If you're thinking about making a change on your driveway for the first time in about 10 years, you now have more options than you would've had last time you were car shopping.

Types of Electric/Hybrid Vehicles Explained

Everything you wanted to know about hybrid, fully electric and fuel cell cars


    Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV)

    No plug, just impressive efficiency.

    Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)

    Go ahead and plug it in.....if you want.

    Electric Vehicle (EV)

    100% Electric, Petrol Free, just charge and go!

    The Hybrid Range

    HEVs or Hybrids are powered by both gasoline and electricity. The electric energy is generated by the car's own braking system to recharge the battery. This is called 'regenerative braking', a process where the electric motor helps to slow the vehicle and uses some of the energy to achieve this.

    The Plug-in Hybrid Range

    Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles or PHEVs can recharge the battery through both regenerative braking and 'plugging in' to an external source of electrical power.

    The Electric Range

    Electric cars are greener than internal combustion engine vehicles by a number of key measures, with the exception of the carbon intensity of the manufacturing process.


      Renault KANGOO Z.E

      The Renault KANGOO Z.E. 33 is 100% electric, all while offering you the same amazing load capacity of their equivalent diesel versions whilst maintaining ultra-low running costs and all the benefits of owning a Renault electric vehicle. View More

      Renault MASTER Z.E

      The Renault MASTER ZE comes with a whole host of extras such as: Regenerative breaking, Low consumption tyres, Eco mode and 7Kw charger meaning you can have your Master charged in as little as 6 hours! View More

      The Benefits of Buying Electric

      It goes without saying, but Electric cars are greener than traditional petrol or diesel vehicles by a number of key measures, with the exception of the carbon intensity of the manufacturing process.

      As Electric and Hybrid Vehicles are becoming more popular, the costs are dropping rapidly and there are a wide variety of benefits for drivers making the switch. Not only is there a significant environmental impact of owning a EV vehicle, there is also a huge range of savings you can make on fuel, tax and maintenance costs, meaning that ultimately, electric vehicles could help you save significant amounts of money int he long run. On a cost per mile basis a fully electric car could cost you a quarter or less of what a traditional petrol or diesel car might. These savings quickly add up. 

      Key Benefits Include:

      Electric cars offer a range of financial, performance and environmental benefits when compared with internal combustion engine vehicles.

      • It's a common misconception that Electric and Hybrid vehicles will constantly need the battery replacing. The battery lasts as long as the car. The battery has a big part to play in a hybrid vehicle, but they have been designed to last as long as the car itself. They are most often covered by the warranty if anything does go wrong.
      • Simplicity. They are simple to drive - Hybrid cars feel no different to drive than a petrol-powered car. You simply start the engine and pull away. Automatic transmission makes the ride smooth and effortless, while the ‘engine’ is also ultra-quiet to help you relax at the wheel.
      • Cost. You'll be pleasantly surprised by how much an Electric or Hybrid car costs nowadays. Hybrid and Electric cars will save you a significant amount of money in fuel and vehicle tax, they often work out cheaper to own and run in the long term.
      • Inexpensive to service and maintain. If you take your hybrid to an approved service centre you can expect to pay a similar price as a petrol or diesel. You may even find that maintenance is cheaper, as less strain is placed on the engine, so parts don’t need to be replaced as often. Regular Hybrid Health Checks will also help to maintain optimum performance.

      Electric Vehicle FAQ

      Read a below a handful of our FAQ's in relation to Electric and Hybrid Vehicles. If you need any further assistance please give us a call on 0113 4877 777 and we'll be happy to help!

      Can I test drive an Electric Vehicle?


      Of course, you can test drive any vehicle advertised here by filling out this form or giving us a call at 0113 4877 777 ​. Contact Us and one of our friendly advisors will get you booked in for a Test Drive. ​

      Are Electric Cars reliable?


      Definitely! Not only are EV’s cheap to run, they should be more reliable too as they’re much simpler then conventional cars.

      Are Hybrid Cars Safe?


      Every effort has been made to make hybrid cars as safe as possible. For example, they include circuit breakers to cut the electrical current if the system has been damaged in an accident. They also feature all the same active and passive safety systems as combustion cars, including ABS, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), and Electronic Stability Control (ESC).

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      Other Electric Services Got a question or need help with an electric vehicle? If you're looking for your next vehicle, our teams across the country will be happy to assist to help meet and exceed your requirements. Click on the link below to get in contact with your local retailer.