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Why Go Electric? If you're thinking about making a change on your driveway for the first time in about 10 years, you now have more options than you would've had last time you were car shopping.

Types of Electric/Hybrid Vehicles Explained

Everything you wanted to know about hybrid, fully electric and fuel cell cars

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    Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV)

    No plug, just impressive efficiency.

    Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)

    Go ahead and plug it in.....if you want.

    Electric Vehicle (EV)

    100% Electric, 100% Petrol Free, just charge and go!

    The Hybrid Range

    HEVs or Hybrids are powered by both gasoline and electricity. The electric energy is generated by the car's own braking system to recharge the battery. This is called 'regenerative braking', a process where the electric motor helps to slow the vehicle and uses some of the energy to achieve this.

    The Plug-in Hybrid Range

    Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles or PHEVs can recharge the battery through both regenerative braking and 'plugging in' to an external source of electrical power. 

    The Electric Range

    Electric cars are greener than internal combustion engine vehicles by a number of key measures, with the exception of the carbon intensity of the manufacturing process.

    The Benefits of Buying Electric

    Electric cars are greener than internal combustion engine vehicles by a number of key measures, with the exception of the carbon intensity of the manufacturing process.

    As EVs become more mainstream, the costs are dropping rapidly and there are a wide variety of benefits for drivers making the switch. From the environmental impact to the savings you can make on fuel, tax and maintenance costs, electric vehicles could help you save significant amounts of money.On a cost per mile basis a fully electric car could cost you a quarter or less of what a traditional petrol or diesel car might. These savings quickly add up, see how much you could save on each journey when driving an EV by using our special Journey Cost Calculator below.

    Key Benefits Include:

    Electric cars offer a range of financial, performance and environmental benefits when compared with internal combustion engine vehicles.

    • They are simple to drive - Hybrid cars feel no different to drive than a petrol-powered car. You simply start the engine and pull away. Automatic transmission makes the ride smooth and effortless, while the ‘engine’ is also ultra-quiet to help you relax at the wheel.
    • The battery lasts as long as the car. The battery has a big part to play in a hybrid vehicle, but they have been designed to last as long as the car itself. They are most often covered by the warranty if anything does go wrong.
    • You'll be pleasantly surprised by how much they cost. Hybrid cars can save a significant amount of money in fuel and vehicle tax, they often work out cheaper to own and run in the long term.
    • Inexpensive to service and maintain. If you take your hybrid to an approved service centre you can expect to pay a similar price as a petrol or diesel. You may even find that maintenance is cheaper, as less strain is placed on the engine, so parts don’t need to be replaced as often. Regular Hybrid Health Checks will also help to maintain optimum performance.

    Electric Vehicle FAQ

    Electric cars are greener than internal combustion engine vehicles by a number of key measures, with the exception of the carbon intensity of the manufacturing process.​

    Are hybrid vehicles safe?

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    Every effort has been made to make hybrid cars as safe as possible. For example, they include circuit breakers to cut the electrical current if the system has been damaged in an accident. They also feature all the same active and passive safety systems as combustion cars, including ABS, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), and Electronic Stability Control (ESC).

    Can I test drive an Electric Vehicle?

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    Of course, fill out this form or Contact Us and we'll be more than happy to arrange a test drive at RMB for you. ​

    How often do hybrid batteries need replacing?

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    The batteries in our Renault Vehicles are designed to last the lifetime of the vehicle. If your car does show signs that the battery does need to be changed, such as the engine running almost constantly, including during light acceleration. Fuel economy may also drop significantly. You can replace a hybrid car’s battery beyond warranty at an extra cost. The price will vary depending on the make and model.

    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.