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ELECTRIC AND HYBRID CARS.
PLEASE CONTACT US FOR ANY ADVICE OR TO HELP YOU SOURCE ANY MAKE OR MODEL OF THESE CARS.
Electric cars are the future and although it may take many years for everyone to convert and for the required infrastructure to all be in place, there are plenty of options to consider now.
A Brief Explanation of the Various Options:
These are cars which are petrol/electric or diesel/electric combinations where the battery is charged up whilst you drive and the car automatically switches to the traditional fuel as required.
They generally only run on battery power at slow speeds and relatively short distances or can also combine to help reduce fuel consumption.
PHEV - Plug in Hybrids
These are also a combination of battery and normal fuels but in this case the battery is plugged in to recharge. The car can then be driven exclusively on the battery but only has a limited range of about 25 - 35 miles.
With fully electric vehicles the battery can power the car for fairly long distances, eg 100 - 200 miles before it needs recharging.
You can charge it up at home with a special charging point (grants may be available towards the installation cost) which takes about 12 hours.
There are now thousands of A/C charging points across the country which provide an 80% charge within about 2.5 hours.
New D/C chargers are starting to appear and they can charge batteries within just a few minutes.
NOTE: Although most of these newer vehicles will save on your running costs you may be surprised to learn that the savings might not be all that great, depending on what you buy and how you use it. For example a hybrid could be ideal for short to medium distances but over longer distances the extra weight of the heavy batteries may mean not getting as good an mpg as you would with a normal petrol or diesel version.
There's no doubt that the technology will rapidly develop over the coming years so it's no surprise that many are going down the contract hire / leasing route for now.
Any questions please let us know!