What's the difference between a Plug-in Hybrid and a Hybrid?
A Plugin-in Hybrid requires an outside electrical source (such as a Wallbox) to charge its battery, whilst a Hybrid's battery is self charging. A Plugin-in Hybrid covers a much greater range off the electric battery than a Hybrid vehicle can. A Plugin-in Hybrid mostly runs off the electric battery engine, whilst a Hybrid is mostly powered by its combustion engine.
Does it cost more in servicing and repairs?
Electric cars have far fewer moving parts than a petrol or diesel engine, so there is less to maintain and repair. Regenerative ‘engine’ braking means brake discs and pads last longer, too.
Electric cars still need regular servicing according to the manufacturer’s schedule, although there are fewer parts to fix. And in terms of ‘more tech’ a lot of these issues would likely be software related and can be fixed remotely by some EV manufacturers.
They use no oil or filters, for example, and have no conventional clutch. Until the battery needs replacement, your biggest outlay is likely to be new tyres.
Why are electric vehicles cheaper to maintain?
Electric cars are cheaper to maintain, no oil to change, no gaskets to replace, etc. Electric vehicles are generally more reliable if only because of the fewer moving parts. It means much lower maintenance costs.
Do I have to pay Vehicle Excise Duty?
Following changes to the rates of Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) in April 2017, zero-emissions are exempt from ‘road’ tax in the UK. However, if your electric vehicle has a list price of more than £40,000, you have to pay a £310 a year supplement for five years from the second time the vehicle is taxed.
How does the performance of an electric car differ?
Electric motors produce their peak pulling power from a standstill. That means there’s no need to rev the motor for swift acceleration, unlike a petrol or diesel car.
Can the electricity transmission network handle the increasing number of electric vehicles?
Car manufacturers are working with governments and energy providers to ensure that increases in electric vehicle usage do not cause issues with electricity networks.
What does Kilowatt-hours mean?
Kilowatt-hours are a measure of how much energy can be stored in a battery. For a given vehicle, a battery with greater capacity - more kWh - will have greater range and/or performance.