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The Future's Electric

More and more Scottish drivers are ditching fuel cars in favour of electric cars and an estimated one in seven new cars sold in Scotland is fully electric. So, are you ready to join them and make the switch?

With electric cars now available from Ford, Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, MG, Nissan, Peugeot, Renault, Toyota, and Vauxhall, there's more choice than ever. Along with more choice, cheaper running costs, and low to zero road tax, the benefits of electric cars are endless. There's also help available from the Government with a grant of up to £650 towards the cost of a home chargepoint installation.

The power to go further

A lot of electric cars now give you the power to go further, whether you are driving to work, or on your next family adventure. There are some premium cars that can offer a huge fully-electric driving range of 400 miles.

Power up and go

Thanks to rapid charging points, charging times of electric cars are only set to become quicker. Rapid charging points use more power than standard electric vehicle chargers, delivering up to 80% charge in just 30 minutes.

More and more charging points are being installed with over 2,500 in Scotland alone and over 30,000 across the whole UK, making it easier than ever to charge your electric car.

Hybrid: best of both worlds?

If you aren't ready to pull the plug on fuel cars just yet, a hybrid gives you a taste of electric driving, without the stress of running out of charge on long journeys. Hybrids supplement an electric battery with a petrol or diesel engine. You can still enjoy the same great benefits as an electric car, with a short fully-electric driving range of about 30 miles and reduced road tax.

History of electric cars

Scroll through our electric vehicle timeline to learn how the industry has progressed from the first known electric prototype to the cutting-edge vehicles that we see on our roads today.

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Ready to pull the plug on your fuel car?

Visit your local Macklin Motors dealership to view our electric car range and book a test drive now. Need some help choosing the right electric car for you? We are proud to have more EVA approved dealers than any other UK retailer, with 21 across the wider Vertu Motors Group.
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Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV)

Hybrid electric vehicles blend a petrol or diesel engine with a rechargeable electric battery and can sometimes also be known as mild hybrids or self-charging hybrids. When you slow down or brake in a hybrid car, the energy lost from this process is then recycled and re-used as electric charge that is stored in the battery. This recycled energy can offer a short range of fully-electric driving.

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)

Just like hybrids, plug-in hybrids also blend a petrol or diesel engine with a rechargeable electric battery and can deliver a fully-electric driving range of about 30 miles. As the name suggests plug-in hybrids can be plugged into the mains to be charged and these types of cars offer great fuel efficiency if the battery is regularly topped up.

Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV)

Unlike hybrids and plug-in hybrids, battery electric vehicles have no fuel input and are powered completely by a rechargeable electric battery, and recycle the energy lost from when you slow down and brake. Battery electric vehicles do generally need to be charged using a charging point, but there's now over 30,000 in the UK that you can utilise.

Electric or Hybrid?

There are tons of benefits to both battery electric and hybrid vehicles. Find out which one will work best for you and your lifestyle.


Electric Vehicle

Electric

Battery electric vehicles have no reliance on fuel and are powered by a rechargeable electric battery that can be charged at home or public charging points.

Hybrid Vehicle

Hybrid

Hybrid vehicles fuse a petrol or diesel engine with a rechargeable electric battery that offers a short range of fully-electric driving when topped up from the mains.

Elctric Vehicle

Electric

Most electric cars have an automatic transmission offering fun and instant acceleration without the hassle of changing gears. There's also little to no noise on the road, unlike petrol or diesel cars.

Hybrid Vehicle

Hybrid

Experience the best of both worlds with a hybrid car. Quiet, zero emissions driving when using full electric energy, or improved performance and fuel efficiency thanks to the petrol or diesel engine.

Elctric Vehicle

Electric

Electric cars seem more expensive at first when compared to petrol or diesel cars but are extremely cost-effective in the long run. Cheaper running costs, no road tax, and Government grants can all sweeten the deal.

Hybrid Vehicle

Hybrid

If you aren't quite ready to go fully electric, a hybrid is great step in the right direction and gives you a taste of electric driving. Hybrids benefit from reduced road tax and offer a short fully-electric driving range, all with the added reassurance of being able to fuel up with petrol or diesel.

Electric Vehicle

Electric

If you are looking to reduce your car running costs and environmental impact, a battery electric car is the car for you. With so much choice now available, faster charging, and longer driving ranges, the benefits are endless.

Hybrid Vehicle

Hybrid

If you regularly drive longer distances, a hybrid car is probably your best bet. With the flexibility to drive small distances fully electric, the petrol or diesel engine put any worries about running out of charge at ease.

In pursuit of zappiness


Charging your electric car is only set to become easier as more and more public charging points appear across the UK, with over 30,000 currently available.

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A lot of electric and hybrid cars also offer the convenience of being able to charge them at home using a standard three-pin plug or home charging point. You could be eligible for funding of up to £650 if you do decide to install a home charging point.

New electric and hybrid cars

Learn more about our new electric and hybrid car range from world leading manufacturers and make the switch to electric today with Macklin Motors.


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Citroen e-C4

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Ford Mustang Mach-E

Ford Mustang Mach-E

Hyundai IONIQ 5

Hyundai IONIQ 5

Audi e-Tron

Mazda MX-30

Nissan LEAF

Nissan LEAF

Peugeot e-2008

Peugeot e-2008

Renault Zoe

Renault Zoe

Skoda Enyaq

Skoda Enyaq

Vauxhall Corsa-e

Vauxhall Corsa-e

Vauxhall Mokka-e

Vauxhall Mokka-e

FAQs

Is it expensive to charge an electric car?

The cost of a charging an electric car can be a big concern for a lot of people looking to make the switch to electric. Pod Point, one of the UK's leading providers of electric charging, estimate that it costs around £15.10 to fully charge the battery of an electric car at home based on a 60 kWh battery.

Will I need to pay road tax on an electric car?

In short, the answer is no! Battery electric cars are not required to pay road tax if the car is not connected to any source of power when moving and the electricity comes from an external source. You do still need to apply for road tax and renew it annually or you could be fined up to £1,000.

How fast can you charge an electric car?

The charging time of your electric car depends on a few factors including the size of the battery and the speed of the electric charging point. It can take around eight hours to fully charge the battery of some cars, but charging times are only set to get shorter thanks to rapid charging points. In just 30 minutes rapid charging points can increase your car's range by up to 100 miles.

Can you charge electric cars at home?

The beauty of electric cars is that they give you the option to choose how you charge, whether that's from the convenience of your home, or on the move at public charging points. Many hybrids and plug-in hybrids can be charged from the mains using a standard three-pin plug. You can charge battery electric vehicles at home; however, these do tend to need a charging point installed.

How can I make the cost of an electric car more affordable?

The Scottish Government offer a range of funding to help make the switch to electric more affordable.

The Domestic Chargepoint Funding Scheme ran by Energy Saving Trust and Transport Scotland and offers up to £300 of funding towards the installation of a home chargepoint. This £300 is also in addition to the £350 available through the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV).

The Used Electric Vehicle Loan is an interest-free loan of up to £30,000 to cover the cost of purchasing a used electric car or van and up to £5,000 interest free for a used electric motorcycle or moped.

Find out more about EV funding in Scotland.

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