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The Future's Electric

The electric revolution is well and truly underway - and there's never been a better time to make the switch. Audi, BMW, Honda, Jaguar, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-amg, MINI, smart, Toyota, and Volkswagen, are now focussing their efforts on electric vehicles and the latest advancements in technology to deliver improved driving ranges and ever faster charging.

Electric vehicles offer low to zero road tax, zero emissions, and cheaper running costs than standard combustion engines. With the Government set to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2030, you could be eligible for a grant to cover up to 75% towards the cost of installing a home chargepoint.

The power to go further

Electric vehicle driving ranges are constantly being improved with new technology and some premium models can now offer a fully electric driving range of over 400 miles, giving you the power to go further.

Power up and go

As electric vehicle driving ranges increase, charging times are decreasing thanks to rapid charging points. Rapid charging uses more power than traditional EV chargers and can deliver up to 80% charge in as little as 30 minutes.

Along with decreased charging times, it's also becoming easier than ever to charge your electric vehicle with over 30,000 charging points now available in the UK (and rising).

Hybrid: best of both worlds?

If you aren't ready to make the commitment to a battery electric vehicle, hybrid vehicles let you experience the best of both worlds. Combining an internal combustion engine with an electric motor, plug-in hybrids utilise regenerative braking to recycle energy to store in the battery. Hybrid vehicles can also be topped up from the mains to offer around 30 miles of fully electric driving and benefit from lower road tax than petrol or diesel cars.

History of electric cars

Scroll through our electric vehicle timeline to discover how things have evolved from the very first electric prototype to the high-powered EVs that are leading the way today.

View the EV timeline

Ready to pull the plug on your fuel car?

Find your local Vertu Motors dealership to view our electric car range and book a test drive now. We are proud to have 21 EVA approved dealerships as part of the wider Vertu Motors Group, more than any other UK motor retailer.
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Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV)

Hybrid electric vehicles (often referred to as mild hybrids or self-charging hybrids) combine an internal combustion engine with an electric motor. These types of vehicles utilise regenerative braking which converts energy lost from braking and deceleration into electric charge that is then stored in the battery. This charge can then be used for short bursts of fully-electric driving.

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles combine a petrol or diesel engine with an electric motor and can be plugged into the mains to deliver a fully electric driving range of around 30 miles. Offering great fuel efficiency when the battery is regularly topped up, PHEVs can be charged using a standard three pin plug without the need for charging points.

Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV)

BEVs are powered entirely by an electric battery, offering zero emissions and zero road tax. Like hybrid electric vehicles, BEVs also utilise regenerative braking to convert energy lost from braking, reusing it to power the car. Battery electric vehicles do require a charging point, however there are now over 30,000 in the UK alone to choose from.

Electric or Hybrid?

Battery electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles both have their advantages. Find out which one is best for you and your lifestyle here.


Electric Vehicle

Electric

Battery electric vehicles don't rely on fuel and are powered solely by an electric battery which needs to be charged using an at home or public charging point.

Hybrid Vehicle

Hybrid

All hybrid vehicles combine an internal combustion engine with an electric motor. Plug-in hybrids can be recharged from mains electricity to deliver short bursts of fully electric driving.

Elctric Vehicle

Electric

The first thing you'll notice when driving an electric vehicle is just how quiet they are in comparison to petrol and diesel cars. Most battery electric vehicles offer an automatic transmission and impressive acceleration.

Hybrid Vehicle

Hybrid

With a hybrid vehicle you get the best of both worlds - quiet, zero emissions driving when relying solely on electric power and the option to tailor your driving style to maximise efficiency or performance.

Elctric Vehicle

Electric

Electric vehicles can seem more expensive than petrol and diesel cars, but in the long run work out more cost effective. Lower running costs, zero road tax, and Government grants all make the switch to electric more affordable.

Hybrid Vehicle

Hybrid

If you aren't ready to pull the plug on petrol and diesel cars, a hybrid is a great middle ground. You can rely on electric power for short distances, and fuel up for added confidence on longer journeys.

Electric Vehicle

Electric

If you want to dramatically reduce your car running costs and emissions each year look no further than a battery electric vehicle. Whether you are driving around the city or taking on open roads, benefit from over 30,000 charging points nationwide.

Hybrid Vehicle

Hybrid

If you regularly find yourself driving long distances and like the added reassurance of filling up at a petrol station, a hybrid car is for you. You can benefit from the same lower running costs and improved fuel efficiency as BEVs .

New electric and hybrid cars

Discover our selection of new electric and hybrid cars from world leading manufacturers and make the switch to electric today with Vertu Motors.


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Hyundai IONIQ 5

Hyundai IONIQ 5

Audi e-Tron

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Nissan LEAF

Nissan LEAF

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Peugeot e-2008

Renault Zoe

Renault Zoe

Skoda Enyaq

Skoda Enyaq

Vauxhall Corsa-e

Vauxhall Corsa-e

Vauxhall Mokka-e

Vauxhall Mokka-e

In pursuit of zappiness


Charging your electric vehicle is now easier than ever with over 30,000 charging points in the UK, a number on the rise every year. View a live map of your local charging points by click the button below.

Open map

Many electric and hybrid vehicles can also be charged at home using a standard three-pin plug, or with the installation of a home charging point. If you choose to install a home charging point, you could be eligible for a Government grant to lower the cost.

FAQs

How much does it cost to charge an electric car?

Pod Point who are one of the UK's leading providers of electric charging estimate that the cost of fully charging your electric vehicle at home typically costs around £15.10 based on a 60 kWh battery.

Are electric cars exempt from road tax?

Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) are exempt from road tax if the electricity comes from an external source, or the vehicle is not connected to any source of power when moving. However, you must still apply for apply and renew your road tax yearly or risk a fine of up to £1,000.

How long does it take to charge an electric car?

There are a few factors that directly influence the charging time of electric vehicles including the size of the battery and the speed of the charging point. Many vehicles can take around eight hours to charge fully, however rapid charging points can increase your mileage in as little as 30 minutes.

Can you charge an electric car at home?

Electric and hybrid cars offer you the flexibility of charging both at home and on the move. Many hybrids and plug-in hybrid vehicles can be charged using a standard three pin plug without the need to install a charging point. However, some battery electric vehicles do require a home charging point.

Can I get a grant to buy an electric car?

The Government announced on 14 June 2022 that the Plug-In Vehicle Grant would be closing immediately.

Since its inception in 2011, the scheme has helped increase the sales of battery electric vehicles from 1,000 to almost 100,000 in the first five months of 2022. Funding will now be refocused towards further expanding the public charging network and supporting taxis, motorcycles, vans and trucks, and wheelchair accessible vehicles make the transition to electric.

All existing applications for the grant will be honoured and anybody who has purchased an EV two working days before the announcement, but hasn't submitted an application will still qualify for the grant.

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