Understanding more about electric cars

Understanding more about electric cars

At Arbury we want to ensure you’re able to make the most informed decision about your next car purchase, and for this reason we’ve put together this article that will help you understand more about electric vehicles, and the benefits they can bring to your everyday drive. 

The growth in electric cars has stemmed from increasing concerns around the depletion and rising costs of oil reserves, as well as the desire to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. With over 30 million vehicles on our roads, it’s no surprise that we are now looking for alternative fuel solutions to power our all-important vehicles. 

The government also understands just how important this change is, which is why they offer grants for eligible low-emission vehicles, and also a number of tax benefits for ultra-low emission vehicles. These include not paying fuel duty, and vehicles valued less than £40,000 being exempt from the Vehicle Excise Duty (VED). Travelling to London? You’ll also be exempt from paying the Congestion Charge – amazingly if you drove into London five days a week, each week for a year, then you could save an impressive £2,500 annually!

One of the cars that highlights these advantages is the Nissan LEAF – with its 100% electric motor you’re able to feel instant torque and smooth acceleration each time you pull away. Put simply, each time you sit behind the wheel you’ll experience a smarter, safer and easier way to drive that will give you more confidence and a whole new sense of exhilaration. 

If you’re sat thinking that electric models won’t be able to match your driving distance requirements, we can assure you that this is not the case. With a range of up to 168 miles you’ll really be able to enjoy the open road without worrying about where you can stop to charge up. You may also have the option to increase the range of your car by using energy saving modes.


In the Nissan LEAF, one of these includes B mode, a system that works to recover the energy dispersed during braking. It will therefore charge your battery without compromising on driving power or performance.

When it is time to charge up, there’s no shortage of where you can gain power from – there’s an abundance of domestic charging points you can utilise across the country as well as being able to use the charging points at service stations and, of course, at your own home. With the Nissan LEAF you’ll be able to recharge your car in seven and a half hours using the latest 7kW home charger, or if you’re out and about you can make the most of a CHAdeMO rapid charger to get your car from 20% to 80% in around 60 minutes! 

Not only will you enjoy benefits when you purchase an electric vehicle (EV), it’s a gift that keeps on giving! An EV will significantly reduce your fuel bill as you are solely having to plug your car into the mains electricity to give it all the power it needs. Your maintenance costs are also reduced – oil is no longer needed to lubricate the engine, therefore completely eliminating the need for an oil change. There is also less strain placed on the brakes, which results in your brake pads needing to be replaced less frequently than a traditional petrol or diesel vehicle. 

If these advantages sound like something that would be beneficial to you, get in touch with a member of our team today to learn more about the Nissan LEAF, and take it for a test drive. 

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Financial Disclosure

Cathedral Motor Company Limited is an Appointed Representative of Automotive Compliance Ltd, who is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA No 497010). Automotive Compliance Ltd’s permissions as a Principal Firm allows Cathedral Motor Company Limited to act as a credit broker, not as a lender, for the introduction to a limited number of lenders and to act as an agent on behalf of the insurer for insurance distribution activities only.

We can introduce you to a selected panel of lenders, which includes manufacturer lenders linked directly to the franchises that we represent. An introduction to a lender does not amount to independent financial advice and we act as their agent for this introduction. Our approach is to introduce you first to the manufacturer lender linked directly to the particular franchise you are purchasing your vehicle from, who are usually able to offer the best available package for you, taking into account both interest rates and other contributions. If they are unable to make you an offer of finance, we then seek to introduce you to whichever of the other lenders on our panel is able to make the next best offer of finance for you. Our aim is to secure the best deal you are eligible for from our panel of lenders. Lenders may pay a fixed commission to us for introducing you to them, calculated by reference to the vehicle model or amount you borrow. Different lenders may pay different commissions for such introductions, and manufacturer lenders linked directly to the franchises that we represent may also provide preferential rates to us for the funding of our vehicle stock and also provide financial support for our training and marketing. But any such amounts they and other lenders pay us will not affect the amounts you pay under your finance agreement, all of which are set by the lender concerned. If you ask us what the amount of commission is, we will tell you in good time before the Finance agreement is executed. All finance applications are subject to status, terms and conditions apply, UK residents only, 18’s or over. Guarantees may be required.

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