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Electric Explained At Drift Bridge Mazda, we aim to be able to provide you with everything you need to know to make an informed purchase. As such, we’re delighted to provide full details on making the switch to electric or hybrid motoring.

The benefits of electric

One of the main contributing factors to global CO2 emissions is the automotive industry. So, with governments around the globe seeking to reduce the output, making the change to electric motoring is essential. But it’s not solely environmental benefits that are available. Switching to hybrid and electric power enables you take advantage of improved running costs, lower road tax, and even better maintenance charges. And, with plenty of options to choose from, you can select a model that provides all your requirements.​

Key benefits

  • More economical
  • Cleaner on the environment
  • Government grants to help purchasing
  • Fewer mechanical issues

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    Electric

    An electric car is powered solely by the lithium-ion battery. Charged via a suitable outlet either at home or at one of the many thousands of public charging stations, all-electric models emit zero CO2 and are hugely cost effective to run.

    Hybrid

    Hybrid - or self-charging - models offer additional power to a petrol or diesel powered vehicle, with technology known as regenerative braking helping convert energy normally lost during braking into a charge for the battery.

    Plug-in Hybrid

    A plug-in hybrid vehicle is often able to offer an all-electric range in excess of that offered by a self-charging hybrid, with its higher capacity battery needing to be charged at a suitable outlet. The result is efficient, low emissions motoring.

    Browse through our most frequently asked Hybrid and Electric questions at Croydon Mazda

    What is Mazda M Hybrid?

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    Mazda M Hybrid technology is an innovative system that uses the energy normally lost during braking to power a small generator. This in turn generates a charge for your vehicle’s battery.

    Will I need to drive differently?

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    Driving a hybrid is not dissimilar to a regular petrol or diesel powered vehicle. However, an all-electric model features no transmission or clutch, so may well take some time to become accustomed to.

    Do electric cars cost more?

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    Although the purchase price of buying an electric car may seem more expensive than a combustion engine model, there are government grants available to support your purchase. Plus, running costs and maintenance charges ensure that, overall, choosing electric is more cost effective.

    How many charging stations are there in the UK?

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    The UK network of charging points is growing by the day. At present, however, there are more than 14,000 locations with over 35,000 charging outlets available.

    What is regenerative braking?

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    This is a form of technology that converts energy normally lost when braking into an electrical charge for your vehicle’s battery.

    How long will a hybrid battery last?

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    Hybrid batteries are designed to cover 100,000 miles as a minimum, with many achieving up to 150,000 before they need replacing.

    Do I need to get my car services more frequently?

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    Your electric or hybrid vehicle will require servicing with the same frequency as a petrol or diesel model. Check your handbook for details on the servicing schedule.

    Are electric and hybrid cars less powerful?

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    Electric vehicles are often more powerful, with the battery capable of providing instant torque helping you pull away easier. Hybrid vehicles, meanwhile, can complement the power already available from the combustion engine with added torque.

    Are there any government grants available for hybrid and electric cars?

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    Yes. Government subsidies are available to make purchasing a vehicle more affordable. Plus, you can also secure a grant towards the installation of a suitable charging point in your home. 

    Other Electric Services Got a question or need help with an electric vehicle? If you're looking for your next vehicle, our teams across the country will be happy to assist to help meet and exceed your requirements. Click on the link below to get in contact with your local retailer.