Ready to switch to an electric vehicle?

With petrol and diesel coming to an end, when is a good time to upgrade to an electric car? Well we're here to help you make the right choice.

Flash and sun driving a car past leaf.

What are electric vehicles?

The simple answer is that they are vehicles that run on electricity rather than petrol or diesel. You can currently get fully electric vehicles as well as part electric vehicles, that can do short journeys using electricity and then use petrol or diesel for longer ones. They run silent and, as an extra bonus, there's no clutch or gears so they're ideal for city driving.

There are two main types of electric vehicles:

  • Battery-electric vehicles (BEV).

  • Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV).

More on the types of electric vehicle.

Battery-electric vehicles.

These are your 100% electric cars such as the Nissan leaf or Renault Zoe.

They're charged using an external power source, for example a chargepoint at your home and have a range of approximately 100-300 miles on a single charge.

Plug-in hybrids.

Plug-in hybrids combine a battery, electric drive motor and an internal combustion engine.

This means they can drive using the engine or electric drive motor, with the motors having a range of around 50 miles.

Flash charging an EV car.

The advantages of electric vehicles.

Still trying to decide if an electric car is right for you? Here are some of the benefits of making the switch:

  • Zero emissions when driving.

  • Extremely quiet.

  • You can charge them at home.

  • May be eligible for Government support for purchasing one.

  • Qualify for the cleaner vehicle discount.

Get support buying your electric vehicle.

Found your perfect electric car but not sure you can afford it? The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) can provide grants to reduce the costs of plug-in vehicles and electric charging points.

Their electric vehicle grants include support for cars, vans, motorcycles and moped and the grant is automatically deducted from the retail price when the vehicle is purchased. So no extra paperwork.

You can also get grants of up to £350 towards the cost of installing an EV charger at your home.

To make things easier, our partners at E.ON will even apply for the grant on your behalf.

More on electric vehicles.

Want to know more about public chargers?

Planning a long journey in your electric car?

See how far you'll get on a single charge of your electric vehicle.

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See how long it will take to get your EV battery from empty to full.

How much does it cost to charge an EV?

Get a Vestel EV04 charger.

Perfect for your home.

  • WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity.

  • Can be used via the app.

  • Available both socketed and tethered.

  • Can be used in all weather.

  • Has a maximum output of 7.4 kW on a single phase meter such as your home, but can increase to 11 kW or 22 kW on a 3 phase meter for commercial use.

£949 (Price includes standard installation).

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