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How far can an electric vehicle travel?

Many of the latest electric vehicles can travel over 200 miles on a single charge. Different types of EV’s have different maximum ranges. Factors such as type of terrain, climate and speed can all impact the distance and EV can travel on a single charge.


How much does it cost to maintain an electric vehicle?

Electric vehicles are far cheaper to maintain and run than traditional cars. Because there are fewer moving parts there is reduced wear and tear on the car and engine. By switching to an electric vehicle, you could save an estimated 20-30% on service and maintenance costs compared to a petrol or diesel equivalent.


What is the Road Tax on electric vehicles?

You pay zero tax on fully electric vehicles.  Fully electric cars and vans have no harmful emissions therefore they are fully exempt from the new car tax. Plug-in hybrids pay less than petrol and diesel cars too. In addition to tax savings, electric owners are also exempt from most congestion charges and low emission zone taxes in big cities.


Are electric cars as fast as non-electric cars?

Electric cars can accelerate much faster than petrol or diesel cars. The instant torque from an electric motor means an electric car can accelerate quickly, especially across the 0-30mph range. That makes electric cars quick in town, and means you can “get away from the lights” as quickly as you could in a sports car.  Even the cheapest, slowest electric cars are quicker than most petrol or diesel cars.

Can electric cars drive through water?

Electric cars are as safe as in water as petrol or diesel cars.  The amount of water a car can drive through is called it’s “wading depth”.  The wading depth of an electric car is normally the same as its petrol or diesel equivalent.


What is the re-sale value of electric cars?

The cost of owning a car is affected by its residual value (how much it’s worth) when you sell it. Since the value of used electric cars is stabilising, while that of popular models is going up. It’s predicted that if you buy an electric car at today's prices, by the time they're five years old, they’ll be worth more than their petrol or diesel equivalents.


Are electric vehicles safe?

Electric cars are safer than their conventional counterparts. With fewer moving components and the absence of flammable fuel, electric cars are less prone to the common safety concerns of conventional vehicles. Electric cars are held to the same safety standards as conventional models, and have to pass the same tests. In fact, in the latest Euro NCAP testing, 14 out of 17 electric cars achieved the maximum five-star rating.


Why are electric cars good for the environment?

Electric vehicles produce significantly lower levels of harmful greenhouse emissions. Some electric vehicles have zero tailpipe emissions while others have ultra-low emissions of below 50g/kg CO2. By emitting less carbon into the atmosphere, electric drivers are helping improve local air quality.

Can you maximise range when driving an Electric car?

Many electric vehicles have an eco-mode which is designed to conserve as much battery power as possible. Driving more slowly and using less climate control within the vehicle can also help improve battery life.


Do I need to charge my electric vehicle every day?

No, most of the latest electric vehicles can travel over 200 miles on a single charge which means you can handle the average commute in the UK (about 15 miles) comfortably. Most EV owners top up their car’s battery overnight at home whenever needed using a home charging unit.

Can I bring my Electric or Hybrid car to Griffin Mill to be serviced or repaired?

Yes, of course. Our experienced Vehicle Technicians are fully qualified to work on all types of electric vehicles.  For a new car or used car that is under a manufacturers’ warranty, you should be aware that if you do not have it serviced at the main car dealership, you may void your warranty.  If you miss a car service or take it to a non-approved garage, this could also make the warranty void.

If you do decide to sell your car on, you may find that it’s easier to sell a car with a service history from a main car dealership rather than a non-approved garage.

Griffin Mill also offer a service plan when purchasing a new electric car.  This involves a one-off or monthly payment to cover the costs of scheduled services.


Can I purchase an Electric or Hybrid car on Personal Contract Purchase (PCP)?

Yes, we have a large range of both electric and hybrid vehicles available on PCP, High Purchase (HP) and Contract Hire.


Can I get an electric car on Motability?

Yes, there is a choice of eco-friendly vehicles, including electric and hybrid cars available to lease on the Motability Scheme. Visit our Motability page to view the range of cars currently on the Motability scheme.

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