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Keeping on top of your EV or Hybrid

An electric vehicle (EV) has fewer moving parts than a conventional car. This means little servicing and no expensive fuel injection systems, radiators, exhaust systems, starter motors and many other parts that aren’t featured in an EV. Brakes, tyres and suspension are the key areas of maintenance.

Routine maintenance and minor repairs tend to be no higher for a hybrid than on a regular petrol/diesel car. In fact, costs for hybrid maintenance may be lower. The combustion engine shuts down when the car is idle and at low speeds when the electric motor takes over. That means there's less wear and tear on the engine. However, the hybrid systems can be complex and if repairs are required outside of the manufacturer warranty period then the costs can be much higher.

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Over a year, just one electric car on the road can save an average 1.5 million grams of CO2. That’s the equivalent of four return flights from London to Barcelona.

Co2 emissions
Annual emissions per vehicle

Source: EDF Energy

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Find your local electric or hybrid charge point

15,116 public charging devices as of October 2019.

London and the South East have the most charging stations:

London 4,360
South East 1,966

East Sussex has the fewest charging points with just 59.

To view charging devices by local authority: http://maps.dft.gov.uk/ev-charging-map/

Charging your EV at home is cost efficient, simple and fast. A compact, all-weather home charging unit can be outside your home and you’ll be eligible for a £500 government grant to cover installation.

Cost savings

Cost savings

The electricity required to charge electric vehicles is considerably cheaper (pence per mile) than petrol for the same vehicle. To explore the cost savings why not try this handy fuel cost savings calculator.

Government initiatives

You can get a discount of up to £3,500 off the price of brand new

low-emission vehicles through a grant the government gives to vehicle

dealerships and manufacturers. Electric vehicles with a list price below

£40,000 are also exempt from road tax. For company car drivers with a zero-emission electric vehicle there is no benefit in kind tax which means 0% tax for 2020/21.

For more information visit gov.uk

Electric Car FAQs

What are the benefits of electric Cars?

There are several benefits to electric vehicles (EVs) versus conventional combustion engine petrol/diesel cars:

  • Lower running costs - The electricity required to charge electric vehicles is considerably cheaper (pence per mile) than petrol for the same vehicle. To explore the cost savings why not try this handy fuel cost savings calculator.
  • Reduced maintenance – An electric vehicle (EV) has fewer moving parts than a conventional car. This means little servicing and no expensive fuel injection systems, radiators, exhaust systems, starter motors and many other parts that aren’t featured in an EV. Brakes, tyres and suspension are the key areas of maintenance.
  • Tax savings – Electric vehicles with a list price below £40,000 are exempt from road tax. For company car drivers with a zero-emission electric vehicle there is no benefit in kind tax which means 0% tax for 2020/21.
  • Better for the environment - Electric vehicles emit zero emissions helping to reduce harmful air pollution from exhaust gases.
How Much could I save with an electric car?

The electricity required to charge electric vehicles is considerably cheaper (pence per mile) than petrol and diesel alternatives. You can explore the potential savings using this handy Fuel Cost Savings Calculator.

Are electric vehicles better for the environment?

Electric vehicles emit zero emissions helping to reduce harmful air pollution from exhaust gases. Using renewable energy to recharge EVs, can also reduce greenhouse gas emissions even further. Recharging EVs from a solar power system or other renewable energy sources can reduce environmental impact further.

An increasing trend towards eco-friendly production methods and materials for EVs such as recycled plastics reduces the impact on the environment throughout the production supply chain.

Electric motors are also much quieter than standard combustion engines, which means less noise pollution.

How long do electric cars last?

Batteries do wear out over time so replacement batteries will eventually be needed. Most car manufacturer warranties cover EV batteries for around 8 years and/or 100,000 miles. This warranty period is longer than most new car ownership with many drivers now opting for short leasing or PCH contracts.

How much does it cost to replace the battery in an electric car?

The costs of replacing an electric car battery can run into thousands of pounds if they are no longer covered under the manufacturer’s warranty period. However, most EV manufacturers offer extensive warranty periods to give drivers peace of mind.

What happens if your electric car runs out of battery?

Much in the same way as a standard petrol/diesel car your driver display will show an estimated range and most EVs have a navigation system that will show your nearest charger. If drivers continue to drive beyond “- - -“miles the power will eventually enter a limp mode allowing you to position the vehicle more safely before coming to a complete stop in a similar way to many modern petrol/diesel cars. From here drivers will need to request roadside assistance.

What are the disadvantages of electric cars?
  • Charging requirements - Recharging batteries for EVs takes considerably longer than refilling a petrol/diesel car. EVs also rely on a healthy network of charging stations and drivers must plan journeys around this network.
  • Limited range – EV vehicles are still in their infancy of development and current mileage range can vary between manufacturers.
  • List prices - Electric cars remain generally more expensive than their petrol/diesel alternatives. However, government incentives aim to reduce the total cost of ownership by reducing/eliminating some taxes.
  • Weight - Batteries make EVs considerably heavier than petrol/diesel cars. This a disadvantage because this weight puts pressure on battery usage and reduces tyre life.
Do electric cars need oil?

Electric cars do not have combustion engines and instead use a motor. This means that they do not require engine oil, spark plugs, air filters, coolant, or transmission fluid.

How long does it take to charge an electric car at a public charging station?

The time it takes to charge an EV can be as little as 30 minutes for a ‘fast charge’ however, this can vary between manufacturers and models. Many EV drivers will top up charge rather than charging from empty to full. To check your vehicles charging time check out Pod Points handy guides.

Do electric cars need servicing?

An electric car should be serviced at the same intervals as any car however, EVs are considerably cheaper to service because they have fewer parts. Things such as new tyres, windscreen wiper replacement and brake fluid changes will all still be needed.

Your EV should be serviced by a certified technician who is able shut down and isolate high voltage systems safely.

Hybrid Cars FAQs

How long will a hybrid car last?

Much like electric vehicles hybrid cars tend to have extensive manufacturer warranty periods that are longer than modern ownership length due to increases in PCH and leasing contracts. For example, the Toyota Prius comes with an eight-year or 100,000-mile warranty as standard to offer peace of mind for drivers.

Are hybrids expensive to repair?

Routine maintenance and minor repairs tend to be no higher for a hybrid than on a regular petrol/diesel car. In fact, costs for hybrid maintenance may be lower. The combustion engine shuts down when the car is idle and at low speeds when the electric motor takes over. That means there's less wear and tear on the engine. However, the hybrid systems can be complex and if repairs are required outside of the manufacturer warranty period then the costs can be much higher.

Can you still drive a hybrid without the battery?

This depends entirely on which battery has no power. If the standard 12-volt battery has no power, but the high-voltage battery is functioning; then you can drive the car. However, if the high-voltage battery has zero power, then you will be unable to drive the vehicle.

Do hybrids need oil changes?

Hybrid cars still require engine oil just like any regular petrol/diesel car with an internal combustion engine. As hybrid cars use a combustion engine, this makes their lubrication needs just as crucial. However, oil changes may be required less frequently than a standard petrol/diesel vehicle.

Do hybrid cars need to be charged?

Standard hybrids vehicles do not need to be plugged in. A standard hybrid uses both a combustion engine and an electric motor to increase mileage and lower fuel usage. The car is able to recharge its batteries using regenerative braking or while driving on engine power.

To increase electric motor mileage, some manufacturers are creating ‘plug-in hybrids’ that have more powerful batteries which can be charged by “plugging in” the vehicle to a sufficient power supply.

What are the problems with hybrid cars?
  • Battery Issues - the common problem with hybrid cars is the battery technology. When the batteries can no longer hold a charge, they'll need to be replaced which can be very expensive if required outside of the manufacturer’s warranty period.
  • Specialist technicians required - Taking your hybrid to a local garage may not always be possible. The complex hybrid systems often require a specialist technician with the correct training and qualifications required to work on hybrid vehicles.