Now's the time to switch to an electric ca

Electric vehicle drivers are already enjoying the benefits of electric motoring. However, we completely understand that you may have questions. Perhaps you're unsure about how far you can drive on a charge, or how many charging points there are. Or if electric cars cost more?

It's time to switch

Today's 100% electric and plug-in hybrid cars have the latest cutting-edge technology. Some of the new breed of 100% electric cars can drive over 200 miles on a single charge, and this is increasing all the time. Plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) use a petrol or diesel engine alongside the electric motor, which can then take you many hundreds of miles – just like a 'conventional' car. Prices are also coming down, and plug-in cars and vans benefit from generous Government grants. Running costs are significantly lower too, which could save you thousands throughout your ownership. Worried about charging? The majority of drivers simply charge their electric cars at home overnight, just like plugging in their mobile phone. This usually takes place on their drive or in their garage; or using a nearby on-street residential chargepoint. But there are also many public charging point connectors across more than 50 countries arround the world; including rapid chargers at 96% of motorway service stations (which could charge the average pure electric car to 80% in as little as 30 minutes).

There's an electric car or van for everyone

There are now more than 30 pure electric or plug-in hybrid cars and vans available from Automaker manufacturers’. Our Car Selector lets you choose by how the vehicle is powered, seating and boot capacity, and manufacturer. Pure Electric – high performance batteries are used to provide power to an electric motor, which in-turn drives the wheels. These vehicles need to be charged. Plug-in Hybrid (PHEVs) – a highly efficient petrol or diesel engine mated with an electric motor and batteries. This enables a range of hundreds of miles using the internal combustion engine, with the ability to run on electric-only at lower speeds or for local journeys; or a combination of both. Range-extended Electric – as per pure electric cars, these only ever run on electricity. However, they also have a small petrol engine that acts as a generator to top-up the battery charge and hence extend the car's overall range. Fuel Cell – like a pure electric vehicle, these use electricity to power a motor which drives the wheels. However, instead of a battery, a fuel cell stack uses hydrogen to produce electricity which then powers the car.