Frequently Asked Questions

Take a look below at the most commonly asked questions around Electric Vehicles and learn more about charging and driving today.

What is the best hybrid car?

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The best hybrid car for you depends largely on your specific needs, circumstances and budget. At Allen Motor Group, we have a variety of hybrid vehicles from Ford, Mazda and Kia, enabling you to choose the one that suits you best. Chat to a member of our team today to find out more.

How much does it cost to charge an electric car?

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The cost of charging an electric car depends on the make and model, and where you’re charging up. Using a home wallbox, for example, is cheaper than using a rapid DC charger, such as those supplied by Pod Point. You can expect to pay anything from 7.5p to 15p per mile – so with a range of 200 miles, for example, that’s roughly £15-30 per full charge.

What is a hybrid car?

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A hybrid car is one that combines a combustion engine with a battery and electric motor. In a self-charging hybrid, the battery is small and simply supports the engine during acceleration while also helping to lower emissions. In a plug-in hybrid (PHEV), the battery is much bigger, typically giving the vehicle approximately 30-40 miles of zero emissions range. As the name suggests, PHEVs must be plugged in to charge up.

How long do electric car batteries last?

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Most manufacturers provide an eight to ten-year/100,000 mile battery warranty with their electric vehicles. You can expect the battery to last for at least as long as it’s covered by the warranty, with some lasting even longer. This means that when you’re buying an electric car that’s brand new, it’s unlikely you’ll ever have to worry about replacing the battery.

What is the cheapest electric car?

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Among the cheapest electric cars to buy and run are the Mazda MX-30, Kia Soul EV and Kia Niro EV, all of which are available from Allen Motor Group. Of course, like other cars, EVs can be secured with affordable monthly payments through vehicle finance. Chat to our team today to find out which new and second hand electric cars are available for your budget.

What is a plug in hybrid?

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A plug in hybrid, or PHEV is a vehicle that has both a combustion engine and a battery pack with an electric motor. These cars have the capacity to travel for short distances (usually 30-40 miles) on electric power alone, and must be plugged in to recharge.

Are electric cars cheaper to run?

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Electric cars are typically cheaper to run than petrol or diesel models, not only because the price of electricity is cheaper than that of fuel, but also because maintenance costs are lower. You can expect to pay less for servicing as there are fewer moving parts under the bonnet, and there’s no annual road tax to pay.

What are the pros and cons of electric cars?

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There are many benefits to choosing an electric car. These include the reduced impact on the environment, cheaper running costs and, often, a more dynamic drive. Considerations include the availability of charging points in your local area, and whether you have a driveway or garage that makes home charging easy, or whether you rely on on-street parking.

What is the best electric car?

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The best electric car for you depends on your needs and budget. If you need a family vehicle, for example, an SUV such as the Kia Niro EV or Mazda MX-30 will suit you better than a small city car. If range is a key factor in your decision, models such as the Kia EV6 and Ford Mustang Mach-E are a good choice, as both offer over 300 miles. Speak to our advisors today to find out which electric car is best for you.

Which electric car has the longest range?

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Of all the vehicles we stock here at Allen Motor Group, the Ford Mustang Mach-E has the longest range, providing up to 379 miles on a single charge. However, most of the electric passenger cars available from the franchises we represent (Kia, Ford and Mazda) have a driving range in excess of 200 miles.

How long do electric cars last?

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Most modern electric vehicles have the capability to last at least as long as their fuel counterparts. Many manufacturers offer an eight year/100,000 mile warranty on the battery, but current predictions suggest EVs could run comfortably for up to 15 years.

How many miles can electric cars go?

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The zero-emissions range of your chosen electric car depends on the make and model, whether it’s a full EV or a plug-in hybrid, and a range of factors such as your driving style and the ambient temperature. To find out about the maximum range of the electric cars in stock at Allen Motor Group, speak to a member of our team today.

Should I buy or lease an electric vehicle?

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The way you choose to finance an electric vehicle is entirely up to you. Like other cars, they can be secured with a finance package or bought outright. Chat to a member of our team today to discuss your options.