Why Go Electric / Hybrid

Why Go Electric / Hybrid

Welcome to Lyons Farm Eco Cars... Electric & Hybrid specialists.

Why Buy A ULEV?

Ultra Low Emission Vehicles such as EV (Electric Vehicles) & PHEV (Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles) are the present and future of motoring. We appreciate there are sceptics out there who will be less inclined to adapt to the modern way of motoring, as well as those who embrace change and want to make a positive impact on the environment (whilst saving a lot of money!). This section aims to answer your questions and help you decide whether an EV, or PHEV is the way forward for you as a motorist.

The Facts, not fiction:

I do not understand the different terminologies?

  • ULEV - Ultra-Low Electric Vehicle
  • EV - Electric Vehicle
  • B-EV - Another name for an Electric Vehicle
  • PHEV - Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle
  • E-REV - Extended-Range Electric Vehicle

What charger do I need for my car?

There are three main types of charger:

  • UK 3-pin - this is standard UK house-hold charger which can be plugged straight into your 13amp socket
  • Type 2 - adapted charger for your EV or PHEV
  • Rapid charger - 'quick charge' version of a Type 2

Any fully electric or plug-in hybrid will only ever need a maximum of two charger's.

Will I get 'Range Anxiety' in my electric car?

It's all about choosing the right car for you! Not everyone will suit an electric car, but most will. On average 95% of the UK population who drive complete just 25 miles per day. Most electric cars achieve 80+ miles on one-full charge, often more. Therefore an electric car may be the right choice of vehicle. There may often be a time where your round journey is more than 80 miles, if so, it's simply a matter of planning your journey. There are now over 15,000 charge points across the UK at over 5,000 different locations which anyone can use. You simply just turn up and plug-in your electric or hybrid car and some charges can take as little as 20-30 minutes. If however this is an inconvenience, you may wish to consider owning a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) which has a petrol or diesel engine to rely on for longer journeys.

What's the difference between an EV and a PHEV?

Quite simply an EV (Electric Vehicle) is fully electric, and a PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle) also has an engine driving the wheels as well as the electric motor. Therefore the PHEV needs topping up with fuel as well as electric, just not as often as a standard petrol/diesel cars, saving you hundreds of pounds each year.

What's the difference between a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid?

Again, quite simply you have a plug-in charger that runs off electricity to top up your PHEV compared to a standard hybrid which 'self charges'.

How much money am I likely to save?

According to the official government run website www.goultralow.com the average driver will save £645 every year just on fuel and tax driving a fully electric car compared to a diesel. PHEV less, but still hundreds of pounds per annum. To work out which electric/hybrid car is for you and to work out how much you could save by switching, why not use this very handy quick-calculator https://www.goultralow.com/electric-car-savings/

How long will it take to charge my EV or PHEV?

It really does vary between car and charger, most Rapid charge's take up to 2 hours. Type 2 charges can take 5-6 hours on average. A standard 3-pin home charge will usually take 12 hours which is the longest, yet perfectly practical and safe to leave on charge overnight for convenience.

I'm worried the battery won't last long, is it covered under warranty?

Here's the great news! Manufacturers are genuinely surprised on how robust and reliable batteries last on electric and hybrid cars. At time of writing this, Nissan have only had to replace 3 batteries in the history of the Nissan Leaf. Just 3 replacements since 2011 on hundreds of thousands of models (maybe more!). These batteries really are built to last. And for further peace of mind, most manufacturers include a FREE 8 year or 100,000 mile warranty on the battery. So there really is no reason to let this put you off buying an electric car or hybrid.

How much mpg am I likely to achieve in my PHEV?

Again, this really does vary between car. The truth is, it is very unlikely you'll achieve the manufacturer stated mpg in real-life conditions as test conditions aren't like-for-like with our roads. However, the good news is you will still save a lot of money and won't be driving to the fuel station as often. Take the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV for example. A 2.0L Petrol Engine, Four Wheel Drive, Automatic will realistically achieve 1/3 more mpg compared to a 'non-PHEV'. And on short journey's this can be even more!

What's the range of my electric car?

Without wanting to sound repetitive, it really does vary between car to car. The original 2011 Nissan Leaf claimed to achieve 109 mile range. With technology continuously improving, this has since more than doubled on the latest 2018 model which can now achieve a staggering 250+ miles on a full-charge!

Are Electric/Hybrid cars dangerous?

No. There is no evidence to suggest they are any more dangerous than a standard car. We do however recommend that you DO NOT charge your EV or PHEV using an extension cable and therefore recommend you have a home-charger fitted which is safer, more economical, and future proof.

Will it cost thousands to have a home-charger fitted?

No. On average it will cost £500 with a government grant. Therefore this cost is likely to be covered within one year of switching to an electric car from a petrol/diesel.

I do not have off-street parking?

The growing number of public charging points means that more and more residential streets are becoming part of the public charging network, making it possible for those without a drive or garage to charge their EV at home.