With the government bringing the end of new petrol and diesel sales to 2030, electric and hybrid vehicles are becoming ever more popular.
But where do you start?
Knowing you want to improve your carbon footprint or enjoy a
cleaner driving experience is one thing. But with so many on the
market offering different qualities, it can be difficult to know whether a
hybrid, plug-in hybrid or an electric vehicle is right for you.
Let's take a look.
Hybrid cars are powered by a mixture of a standard combustion engine and an electric motor which uses batteries that self-charge through regenerative braking technology.
It is fact that hybrids deliver much better fuel economy. They are also more reliable, better for the environment and can also offer a number of tax benefits.
Hybrid cars use two sources to power them: an electric motor which self charges and either a diesel or petrol engine.
Hybrids have proven to be very reliable, probably more so than many traditional combustion engines, regularly coming out top in dependability and reliability surveys.
Absolutely. It’s just a case of making sure you pick the right model for the job. For specific guidance, contact Swansway Group today.
The main advantages are low fuel consumption, less harmful fuel emissions and tax advantages as a result.
Hybrid cars can be more expensive than standard fuel engines but this can often be off-set over time against lower fuel consumption, reduced running costs and even lower insurance.
Hybrid cars are partly powered by an electric motor but cannot be considered electric cars because of the presence of a petrol or diesel engine.
Hybrid electric vehicles became widely available in 1997 when Toyota bought the Prius to market. But the first invention dates back to around 1900 with the Lohner-Porsche.
The range of hybrid cars available is growing rapidly. Swansway Group has a great selection including family hybrid cars and seven-seat hybrids from Audi, Volkswagen and more.
There are lots of myths about electric car batteries requiring replacement after 10 years, but with care and maintenance, electric cars can often last far longer than 150,000 miles.
Both the Audi e-tron and Volkswagen e-Golf received a 5/5 consumer rating and a place in the Kelley Blue Book top 10 electric cars.
The Tesla Model S comes out on top for longest range electric car but the Audi e-tron is not far behind.
Electric cars are proven to be more fuel efficient and better for the environment. Depending on your focus, there are a number of factors that make owning an electric car beneficial.
As with any car, regular servicing will ensure that your vehicle performs well and that it is safe on the road.
The Renault Twizy. But it has no passenger seat, doors or heater. Swansway has a great selection of alternatives - with doors - available with affordable finance options.
The Audi e-Tron and Volkswagen e-Golf both feature in Car Magazine's best electric cars list. Why not book a test drive with Swansway Group today?
Road tax is based on vehicle emissions and year of registration. Pure electric vehicles are exempt from tax. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) pay reduced road tax.
Fewer moving parts often equate to cheaper maintenance costs for electric cars because there is no need for components like oil, gaskets or spark plugs to be replaced.
The key to electric car longevity is the battery. But these can be replaced. On average most manufacturers guarantee between 100,000 and 150,000 miles’ worth of battery life.