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The Future's Electric

The electric age has begun. From 2030, the UK Government will ban the sale of all new diesel and petrol cars and vans. Already, most manufacturers offer electric and hybrid models in their ranges.

And that's good news. Electric cars are zero-emission, costs less than petrol or diesel per mile, and need less maintenance. There's never been a wider choice, or a better time to join the electric revolution.

Pure electric - the future's here

For many of our customers, the cost advantages of an electric car speak for themselves. A 100-mile round trip might cost around £20 in fuel for a petrol or diesel car, but less than £5 in an equivalent electric car. And now that many electric vehicles have a range of 200 miles or more, with thousands of charging points around the UK, you can set off on longer journeys with confidence.

Because they are zero emission vehicles, electric cars will save you on road tax and can be highly tax efficient as company cars. They're also far better for the environment!

Net Zero Scotland - EV loans

Living in Scotland we have a strong incentive to move to electric power! The Low Carbon Transport Loan (also known as the Electric Vehicle Loan) is an interest-free loan with a repayment period of up to 6 years. It is managed by the Energy Saving Trust, on behalf of the Scottish Government and currently offers drivers up to £28,000 to cover the cost of purchasing a new pure electric vehicle. Loans are also available for second-hand EVs.

Considering a hybrid?

If you regularly drive long distances, you may find that a hybrid vehicle, combining a conventional engine and an electric motor, may be more suitable. Plug-in Hybrids can be topped up from the mains for around 30 or more miles of EV-only silent running. Mild hybrids, sometimes called self-charging hybrids, achieve extra efficiency by 'recycling' energy from braking or slowing to save fuel or provide an extra kick of acceleration.

A wide choice

From city commuter cars to SUVs, luxury saloons and sports cars, there's an electric vehicle or hybrid to suit your needs and the way you live. And your friendly local Macklin Motors sales team have all the facts at their fingertips to help you make the right choice.

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Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV)

Hybrid Electric Vehicles - sometimes called mild hybrids or self-charging hybrids - supplement a conventional petrol or diesel engine with an electric motor. Braking and deceleration are converted into an electric charge that's stored in the battery. This can then be re-used for short bursts of electric-only power, or to supplement the conventional engine when strong acceleration is needed.

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)

The Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle combines a petrol (or diesel) engine and an electric motor. As the name implies, you can plug a PHEV in to mains electricity to charge it and this will give an electric-only range that's typically around 30 miles. PHEVs can give outstanding fuel efficiency if their batteries are regularly topped up, especially when used on shorter urban journeys.

Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV)

A BEV is fully electric. It has a large battery (often mounted under the floor) and is powered by an electric motor - sometimes two, giving all-wheel drive. Advantages include the instant torque of electric motors for the kind of acceleration only supercars can match. Larger luxury BEVs have a range of 300 miles or more. Most premium car makes now offer at least one BEV in their line-up.

Charging your BEV or PHEV at home

Most owners find that it's highly convenient to charge their BEVs or PHEVs at home, overnight. And while you can use a conventional three-pin socket, the charging rate is slow. Home installation of 7kW wall boxes is widely available and this is the most cost-effective and time-efficient way to top up your battery. It's like starting each day with a full tank, at a fraction of the cost per mile of petrol or diesel.

All Electric, or Hybrid?

Battery electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles each have their strong points. Here are some considerations to keep in mind when you're choosing.


Electric Vehicle

Electric

Battery Electric Vehicles have a large battery powering either one or two compact electric motors. There's no 'engine' and it doesn't need fuel.

Hybrid Vehicle

Hybrid

All hybrids have a combination of electric motor and a conventional engine (usually petrol fuelled). Plug-in hybrids are recharged from mains electricity.

Elctric Vehicle

Electric

You'll notice the silence and refinement of an electric car from the first moment. Acceleration is impressive, too. There are no gears to change and when you take your foot off the accelerator, you'll feel the regeneration effect slow the car, making 'one pedal' driving possible.

Hybrid Vehicle

Hybrid

Most of the time you'll hardly notice whether the engine is being supplemented by the electric motor. Plug-in hybrids can travel around 30 miles on EV power alone, silently and with zero-emissions.

Elctric Vehicle

Electric

Though more expensive than conventional cars of comparable size and performance, electric cars pay back with far lower running costs and pay no vehicle tax.

Hybrid Vehicle

Hybrid

If you can charge your car at home, a plug-in hybrid will return lower running costs than a self-charging hybrid. Both should prove more economical than an conventional petrol or diesel in day to day urban driving.

Electric Vehicle

Electric

Concerned about global warming? Want to save hundreds on your running costs each year? Have space for a 7kW charger on your drive? Choose electric and revel in your smooth, refined progress.

Hybrid Vehicle

Hybrid

If you need to travel long distances regularly, the reassurance of filling up at a fuel station is hard to beat, making a hybrid very tempting. Choose a plug-in hybrid and you can tackle most local journeys on (cheaper) electric power alone.

Electric and Hybrid Cars - More Choice at Macklin Motors

More and more manufacturers are extending their electric and hybrid car options, with new cars hitting the market all the time! The choice is growing rapidly, and already includes cars from the likes of Nissan, Kia, Hyundai, Jaguar, Toyota and more. They're becoming increasingly popular with commercial vehicles such as vans and cabs, because of their efficiency and easy driving experience.


New EV Cars

New Hybrid Cars


Ford Mustang Mach-E

Ford Mustang Mach-E

Hyundai IONIQ 5

Hyundai IONIQ 5

Hyundai Kona

Hyundai Kona EV

Audi e-Tron

Mazda MX-30

Peugeot e-208

Peugeot e-208

Peugeot e-2008

Peugeot e-2008

Vauxhall Corsa-e

Vauxhall Corsa-e

Vauxhall Mokka-e

Vauxhall Mokka-e

Charging on the move


There are now 33,000 individual public charging connectors in the UK at something like 12,000 locations where you can top up your batteries - and the number is increasing by the day. Charging speeds vary and most require the use of an app.


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FAQs

Are electric cars more expensive?

Initially, electric vehicles (EVs) can be more expensive to buy, however, running and maintenance costs are significantly lower than that of a petrol or diesel car. In the UK, you could be eligible for a government grant of up to £3,000 (depending on the type of EV you want to buy) and there are savings on fuel costs, tax, congestion charges (where applicable), parking and car maintenance!

What brands of electric vehicles are available?

In line with government legislation, lots of manufacturers are getting in on the EV scene, and at Vertu Motors, we stock a range of EVs from Toyota, Kia, Volkswagen and Honda. To see our range of electric vehicles, click here.

How long does it take to charge an electric vehicle?

This varies from car to car, and can take anywhere between 15 minutes and 12 hours, depending on the size of the battery and the speed of the charging point you are plugged in to. Most EVs are chargeable at home and this can be done overnight, however you do need off-road parking to do this. As more funding is awarded to electric vehicle charging point projects across the UK, more technological developments are being made, such as wireless charging, to make charging more accessible and quicker for drivers. You also have access to over 30,000 charging points across the country, making charging accessible whilst you're out and about.

How long does the battery last?

This, again, is dependent on several factors including type of battery, charging habits and environment, or more specifically temperature. Lithium-ion batteries, the most common battery used in EVs, can last up to 10 years.

How far can you go in an electric vehicle?

Range anxiety is definitely a thing and it is understandable that people would worry about how far they could go in an EV. Depending on the car, you could get anywhere between approximately 50 and 300 miles on a single charge. For instance, the Honda e has a range of approximately 136 miles and the Kia e-Niro has a range of up to 282 miles.

Still an Electric Sceptic?

Come and test drive one for yourself - we think you'll be surprised!

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