Why Go Electric?

Why you should consider an electric or hybrid car

There are a multitude of reasons why you should consider choosing an electric or hybrid for your next car. Read some of the reasons below and/or contact us for more information. 

Environment

Less Pollution. Combustion engines (petrol or diesel) emit CO2 into the atmosphere.  By choosing an electric vehicle it will help reduce harmful air pollution from exhausts. A pure electric vehicle has zero exhaust emissions. 

Renewable Energy. Additionally, if renewable energy is used to recharge the electric vehicle, greenhouse gases are reduced even further. 

Eco-friendly materials. There is also a trend towards using eco-friendly production and materials in electric vehicles. The interior and bodywork of several electric vehicles are partly made up of recycled plastic and old car parts. 

Environment

Running Costs

Running Costs

The cost per mile to drive an electric vehicle is much less than a petrol or diesel car, typically estimated at a third of the cost of combustion engines. 

Charging. Where you charge can impact on the cost. The good news is that there are several local councils in Northern Ireland that offer free charge points. Other public charge points costs also differ dependent on the charge type (slow, fast or rapid). 

Time of day. Charging during home during peak electricity tariffs will be more expensive than off-peak. This suits most electric drivers as they can charge overnight. 

Car model. Different electric vehicles have different ranges and types of electric batteries.  Contact us now for more information. 

Performance

Acceleration. A common myth with electric or hybrid vehicles is that they have a sub-standard performance in relation to the combustion car (petrol or diesel) counterparts. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Electric and hybrid cars both use the electric motor to provide instant torque and rapid acceleration at a much greater rate than combustion engines. 

Handling. The design of many electric cars has a significant behind to handling and cornering. Innovative technology utilises the electric power to individual power and brake each wheel separately which combines to provide much greater traction and control. 

Overall an electric vehicle can offer a more exciting drive for everyday driving. 

Electric Car performance

Electric Vehicle Connectivity NI

Connectivity

The technological advances around car connectivity has been exacerbated and accelerated by the need for electric car owners to get instant updates on the level of charge in the vehicles.  In the electric car world, owners have several unique needs; where will I park? Where is the nearest charge point? How far can I travel?  All of these needs have been, and are continuing to be met with technology, in the form of apps and in-car technology. 

These advancements have led to manufacturers developing additional connectivity tech to add USP to their electric vehicles, resulting in electric vehicles having the more innovative and developed tech and connectivity features in the car market. 

Charging

With the latest count (January 2020) there are over 7,500 electric charge points in the UK and Ireland, it has never been easier to charge your electric car. There are 3 main types of EV charging:

Rapid chargers. Rapid AC chargers are rated at 43kW and charge an electric vehicle to 80% ihn around 30-60mins. This is dependent on the manufacturer and model.

Fast chargers from 7kW to 22kW and typically charge an electric car in 3-4 hours. 

Slow chargers (up to 3kW) are best used for overnight charging and are commonly found in households. For more information go to www.zap-map.com/charge-points/

Electric charge points

Government Grants - Electric Cars

Government Grants & Assistance

The UK Government will subsidise an electric car purchase by up to £3,500 in a scheme designed to encourage more new electric/hybrid car and van purchases. 

Grants are also available for in the installation of charging points at home. For the latest information on the scheme click here>>>

eCarNI is a local initiative with some useful information on driving electric cars in Northern Ireland. Find out more here>>>

Safety

Electric and hybrid cars undergo the same rigorous safety testing and adhere to the same safety standards as conventional vehicles as well as additional standards relating to the battery. 

By design, electric vehicles have a lower centre of gravity than conventional vehicles, making them less likely to roll over and improving ride quality. 

One aspect to note is that electric cars are much quieter than conventional vehicles, meaning extra care should be taken in pedestrian areas. 

Electric Car safety

Electric Car Savings

Savings

Fuel cost savings by driving an electric or hybrid car can be significant. Driving a pure electric vehicle can cost between £20-30 in electricity, whereas a combustion engine can cost between £65-80 (dependent on car model etc). 

Fewer mechanical components and servicing needs result in reduced servicing and maintenance costs. 

Free parking and charging is available at local council and other places throughout Northern Ireland. 

Government grants are available for new electric/hybrid car purchase and also to subsidise charge points at home.  

For more information on driving an electric or hybrid car or van contact our dealerships today. Alternatively view our range of New or Used Electric/Hybrid vehicles. 

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