Electric vehicles are increasing in popularity and it's easy to see why. With many environmental benefits as well as great personal advantages to the driver, there has never been a better time to make the switch.
There are 3 main types of Electric Vehicle (EV); 100% Electric, Plug-in Hybrids (PHEV) and Mild Hybrids. 100% Electric does as the name suggests, runs completely off electric and will need to be plugged in to be re-charged. PHEVs also need to be plugged in to be recharged but as a hybrid they still use an amount of petrol or diesel to run. Finally, Mild Hybrids run on both electricity and petrol or diesel but don't require to be plugged in to recharge.
Electric vehicles can either be charged at public or private charging stations, allowing you to charge your vehicle’s battery regardless of where you are. Mild Hybrids (those that don't require to be plugged in) recharge on their own through regenerative braking without needing to be plugged in. This means the battery will recharge by energy produced each time you brake.
Fast chargers are usually found in supermarket carparks or leisure centres. Rapid and Ultra Rapid chargers are typically found at service stations. Several shops, restaurants, hotels, workplaces and car parks do now have electric chargers. You can search what type of chargers are nearby or on your route via ZapMap
Home chargers come in the form of a normal 3-pin plug or you can have a wallbox installed. The 3-pin plug option uses a standard plug in your home, these usually take longer to charge your EV. There's many wallbox options on the market and they vary in charging speed based on their kW. They are fitted to your outside wall close to where you park your EV and allows you to plug you EV in and charge it. The wallboxes that we offer in partnership with Insight Energy can be found here. We will discuss which wallbox is most suited to your EV and your lifestyle and help arrange it to be fitted at your house.
Ultra-Rapid chargers typically take between 20 - 30 minutes and Rapid chargers take up to an hour. Fast chargers take between 1 to 6 hours depending on the amount of kW your car can take. These charge times will differ depending on multiple conditions such as your car's battery size. A home charger can be used for overnight use, where the prices are lower. Please ask our team for specific charging times for an individual model.
The frequency of recharging depends on many factors that will be personal to your vehicle and your lifestyle. Each EV has a different mile range they're able to do on a single charge based on their battery size. Therefore, your EV will display how many miles you have left before needing to recharge.
No, public charging networks allows you to reduce your annual fuel bill by around 35%. Additionally, charging an electric car at home is 80-90% cheaper per year than refuelling with petrol or diesel if you use a smart charge point to schedule your vehicle to charge overnight.
An EV's electric mile range will vary per each make and model. Please speak to a member of our team to find out about a specific vehicle. But with regular EV charging stations that are now available the distance you can travel is endless.
Servicing an EV will be required at regular intervals, the same as a standard vehicle. We offer EV Service Plans to help you spread the costs via monthly payments over a set period of time.
There are a number of charging options for electric vehicle owners, from public charging point to wallboxes that can be fitted at your home.
With the popularity of electric vehicles increasing, there are plenty of charging options available. View the map below to locate your local charging points.
Volkswagen first started their electric movement over 50 years ago, with years of pioneering research it has helped the brand launch their electric range.