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Electric explained With the need to switch from petrol or diesel power to electric more important than ever, we at Drift Bridge Volkswagen are delighted to provide you with everything you need to know about making this change. Learn more today.

The benefits of buying electric

There’s plenty of reasons to make the change to electric or hybrid performance. Not only is there the need to conform to the demands of governments around the world in limiting CO2 emissions, but you can benefit in a way that is closer to home. For instance, running costs are more affordable, as too is road tax. In fact, zero emissions models have to pay no road tax whatsoever. Plus, with electric vehicles not featuring all the moving components of a traditional engine, maintenance charges are often cheaper too.

Key benefits

  • Improved running costs
  • Government grants to aid purchase
  • Cleaner performance
  • Fewer maintenance issues

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    Electric

    All-electric models are powered by a lithium-ion battery that is charged via a suitable outlet. They emit zero CO2 whatsoever and are cost effective to run. You can charge via a public charging station or via a home charging solution.

    Hybrid

    Combining a traditional petrol or diesel engine with a self-charging battery, hybrid models offer improved performance in terms of lower emissions and better fuel economy. They also use regenerative braking to charge the battery.

    Plug-in Hybrid

    A plug-in hybrid combines a battery powered motor with a traditional petrol or diesel engine. Unlike self-charging options, they require plugging in to charge the battery. The result is an increased ability to provide all-electric performance.

    Got a Question?

    Browse through our most frequently asked Hybrid and Electric questions at Drift Bridge Volkswagen

    Will I need to drive differently?

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    Driving a hybrid vehicle is not dissimilar to a regular petrol or diesel-powered model, but getting used to an all-electric car may take some time. This is mainly due to the fact that there is no clutch or transmission required.

    Do electric cars cost more?

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    The initial purchase price may seem steep but, with on-going running costs and government grants to help with your purchase, the overall cost of ownership works out better.

    How many charging stations are there in the UK?

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    More than 14,000 locations offering over 35,000 charging points can be found across the UK, with more and more being added all the time.

    What is regenerative braking?

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    Regenerative braking is a process during which energy normally lost during braking is converted into an electrical charge for your battery.

    How long will a hybrid battery last?

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    Most batteries are designed to last at least 100,000 miles with many able to cover 150,000 before they need changing.

    Do I need to get my car serviced more frequently?

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    No. Electric and hybrid vehicles follow a normal servicing schedule that will be detailed in your handbook.

    Are electric and hybrid cars less powerful?

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    Not at all. If anything, they can be more powerful than their combustion engine counterparts, with instant torque delivery from standstill.

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

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    Yes. In fact, not only can you benefit from a grant to support your vehicle purchase, but you can also receive funding for installation of a charging solution at home.

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