Stop wondering. Start driving!
Electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrids have really come into their own in recent years. These revolutionary powertrains were previously a bit of a mystery, but as of July 2018, there were an estimated 155,000 EVs in the UK - a number that continues to rise.
Kia is committed to developing electric cars and incentivising them to the public. As part of this, they have launched their #GOelectric campaign. Here at Hendy, we're happy to answer any questions you might have about going electric, so you can get behind the wheel and start reaping the benefits. Check out the information below, and visit your local Hendy Kia dealership to discover our range of EVs and hybrids for yourself!
Why make the switch?
Not only will electric and hybrid models help you to reduce your carbon footprint, they are also cheaper to run, require less maintenance and save you money on fuel. Win, win!
In the case of pure electric models, no fuel is required, whereas hybrids still use less fuel than petrol cars - the electric engine powers the car at lower speeds and gas engine powers it at higher speeds. Not only that, EVs will travel free in the upcoming Clean Air Zones and London's Congestion Zone. They are also rather fun to drive - electric motors produce maximum torque at any rpm, making them incredibly responsive.
What are the different types of EV and hybrids?
What is an electric vehicle (EV)?
Electric vehicles eradicate the need for petrol or diesel, driving on battery power alone. They store energy in a large battery that 'fuels' a powerful electric motor, which can be charged via a home charge-point or a public charger. It can even recover charge while you are driving by utilising energy usually lost when braking.
How does charging work?
Although charging may seem like a whole new world, it's actually very simple. Hybrid and electric cars are most commonly charged at home, but can also be charged at work or at thousands of public chargers.
In the UK, the vast majority of electric car charging is done at home. This is usually the most convenient and cost-effective way to charge. To charge from home, it is best to get a home charge point installed - there is even a £500 OLEV government grant available to help with the cost of this. Furthermore, there are more than 20,000 public connectors in the UK at more than 7,000 locations, such as town centres, supermarkets and motorway services.
How much do electric cars cost?
Aside from the obvious environmental benefits, many of the advantages associated with electric cars come down to cost. With cheaper running and maintenance costs, generous government grants and tax incentives, electric cars have become a very attractive proposition indeed.
The cost of charging a car will vary by battery size and when and where it is charged, but is substantially cheaper than petrol or diesel per mile. The average overnight electricity rate in the UK is 13p per kWh, so to fully charge a Kia e-Niro from 0% could cost around £8.30 - but this will vary depending electricity supplier and tariff fluctuations.
Join the electric revolution!
Visit your nearest Hendy Kia to find out more about what how an electric or hybrid vehicle could benefit you!