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.