With more electric and hybrid vehicles becoming available, Motorline can continue to offer our customers a wide range of models to choose from,.Weather you are looking for a new electric/hybrid vehicle, or browsing through our selection of pre-owned electric/hybid vehicles, we are sure we can find the right car for you.
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.
A hybrid car is one that combines a traditional combustion engine with an electrically charged battery motor. By combining the two, you are able to maximise the efficiency of your motoring, with improved mileage available and reduced CO2 emissions.
Depending on the nature of your hybrid vehicle, you will be able to charge the model in a number of ways. Mild hybrids often recharge their battery through a system known as regenerative braking, which converts the energy normally lost during braking procedures and converts it into an electrical charge for your battery. Alternatively, full hybrid models will require you to charge the battery via an electrical outlet - either at a public charging station or at home.
A hybrid engine works by combining the traditional performance of a fuel-powered combustion engine with a lithium-ion battery motor. This battery provides added power to the engine and can more often than not power the entire vehicle for a selected duration.
Hybrid vehicles have traditionally been thought of as being more expensive than their petrol or diesel counterparts. However, with more and more manufacturers developing solutions and the range of vehicles growing ever larger, prices are beginning to drop. In addition, many models can be purchased through government grants, making prices more affordable. And, when you factor in the running costs going forward, the value for money is obvious.
The benefits of choosing an electric model are plentiful. Not only will you be able to drive the very latest in advanced automotive technology, but you will benefit from such features as zero CO2 emissions, improved running costs, instant torque, and exemption from Vehicle Excise Duty and congestion charges. As such, you can rest assured going electric won’t disappoint.
For many people, installing a home charging point is sufficient for their needs, enabling them to charge their battery overnight when electric costs are cheaper. Alternatively, there are thousands of public charging points throughout the UK - with more being added all the time. From rapid charging points at motorway service stations to charging solutions at supermarkets, gyms, and places of work, you’re never far from a reliable source.
In comparison to a standard petrol or diesel vehicle, whose cost per mile is around the 13p mark, an electric car is able to provide a level of performance in the region of 3p per mile. As such, over time you can rest assured your running costs will save you plenty.
While electric vehicles have fewer moving components thanks to the absence of a traditional engine, it goes without saying that you should still aim to invest in regular servicing of your electric or hybrid vehicle. This is because scheduled servicing appointments also take into consideration such measures as tyres, brake pads, electrics and more, thereby ensuring that you’re always taking to the road safely.