A message from theRobert Forrester, CEO of Vertu Motors plc.

As we become more mindful of the environment, electric and hybrid cars are beginning to dominate the production lines of car manufacturers from around the world, with new cars hitting the market all the time.

Audi, Honda, Mercedes, Toyota, Kia, Volkswagen and smart all offer at least one EV or hybrid option, giving customers the opportunity to make the switch to a greener way of travelling, while still being able to enjoy the quality manufacturing of leading brands.

Why Choose an Electric or Hybrid Car?

It's far better for the environment than a petrol or diesel powered car, and you will benefit from saving money on fuel, Road Tax and running costs. If your car is for business use, there are even further tax savings to be made.

In terms of the driving experience, electric cars have automatic transmissions, which creates a smoother driving experience. They have a growing reputation for being a quiet ride and will take you wherever you need to go, comfortably and easily.

What's the Difference Between Electric and Hybrid?

What's the difference? Electric and hybrid vehicles are still relatively new to our roads, and there are still a few misconceptions about what the differences are between them. Here's a quick comparison:


Electric Vehicle

An electric car uses an electrical engine that needs to be charged before being taken out on the road. They can be charged at home or at many of the public charging points you will find whilst you're on the road. The battery is the only source of power these cars need, but that's not to say they're lacking in performance. They do better than many of their petrol/diesel counterparts when it comes to BHP, mileage and tech features.

Hybrid Vehicle

A hybrid car is a great choice if you're not ready to go fully electric. It combines a battery with a petrol/diesel engine - the battery powers your shorter journeys, and the petrol/diesel kicks in for those longer-distance motorway drives. Hybrid cars recharge as you drive, so there's no need to use charging stations... just drive as you usually would, and save on fuel!

Elctric Vehicle

It drives like an automatic, so there are no gears to worry about - just put your foot on the pedal and go! Not only that, but it's much kinder to the environment as you're emitting 50% fewer greenhouse gasses when compared to traditional vehicles - and ZERO direct emissions.

Hybrid Vehicle

There's a choice of manual or automatic transmission, so that's up to you! But either way, you will definitely notice a much quieter and smoother ride, as the battery takes some of the load - meaning your gas engine doesn't need to work as hard. You'll also notice that your fuel consumption is dramatically reduced

Elctric Vehicle

Electric vehicles have a variety of benefits that could make your everyday life just that little bit easier! Not only are they better for the environment, they are quiet, low maintenance, cheaper to run and very responsive on the road. Sounds ideal!

Hybrid Vehicle

If hybrid vehicles have caught your eye, we aren't surprised! With incentives like lower Road Tax, not to mention the fact they're more economical, lightweight and they reduce carbon emissions! Regenerative braking means your vehicle charges itself as you drive. Perfect!

Electric Vehicle

Electric vehicles are ideal if you tend to drive shorter distances, have off road parking to charge your vehicle overnight and want to contribute to reducing your carbon emissions. With the ever-growing number of charging points popping up all over the country, you'll never find yourself short of zap!

Hybrid Vehicle

Because hybrids offer better mileage and have higher range, they're a great option if you tend to do a lot of motorway driving. The performance of a hybrid may not be the speediest but if you are looking to save some money, they are certainly more economical! People who don't have off road parking or easy access to charging points will find hybrids a dream!

Electric and Hybrid Cars - More Choice at Vertu Motors

At Vertu Motors, we stock an extensive range of electric and hybrid vehicles to suit all budgets, tastes and lifestyles.

We have a selection of vehicles perfect for families, including the Kia e-Niro and the Honda CR-V Hybrid, which still provide ample space and practicality features to accommodate family life.

For those who are looking for a smaller car to tackle everyday driving, we have models such as the Volkswagen e-Golf and the Toyota Yaris, which would be perfect options to you from A to B... and back again.


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There are more than 30,000 charging points in the UK, with more being installed every day. Click the button below to see a live map of how many charging points there are near you. You can also charge at home with a standard three pin-socket, or have a dedicated charging point installed outside of your house. There's even a Government Grant to help you cover the cost of installation!


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FAQs

Are electric cars more expensive?

Initially, electric vehicles (EVs) can be more expensive to buy, however, running and maintenance costs are significantly lower than that of a petrol or diesel car. In the UK, you could be eligible for a government grant of up to £3,000 (depending on the type of EV you want to buy) and there are savings on fuel costs, tax, congestion charges (where applicable), parking and car maintenance!

What brands of electric vehicles are available?

In line with government legislation, lots of manufacturers are getting in on the EV scene, and at Vertu Motors, we stock a range of EVs from Toyota, Kia, Volkswagen and Honda. To see our range of electric vehicles, click here.

How long does it take to charge an electric vehicle?

This varies from car to car, and can take anywhere between 15 minutes and 12 hours, depending on the size of the battery and the speed of the charging point you are plugged in to. Most EVs are chargeable at home and this can be done overnight, however you do need off-road parking to do this. As more funding is awarded to electric vehicle charging point projects across the UK, more technological developments are being made, such as wireless charging, to make charging more accessible and quicker for drivers. You also have access to over 30,000 charging points across the country, making charging accessible whilst you're out and about.

How long does the battery last?

This, again, is dependent on several factors including type of battery, charging habits and environment, or more specifically temperature. Lithium-ion batteries, the most common battery used in EVs, can last up to 10 years.

How far can you go in an electric vehicle?

Range anxiety is definitely a thing and it is understandable that people would worry about how far they could go in an EV. Depending on the car, you could get anywhere between approximately 50 and 300 miles on a single charge. For instance, the Honda e has a range of approximately 136 miles and the Kia e-Niro has a range of up to 282 miles.

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