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Why Choose Electric Cars or Hybrids?

More and more manufacturers are extending their electric and hybrid taxi options, with new cars hitting the market all the time! The choice is growing rapidly, and already includes cars from the likes of Nissan, Kia, Hyundai, Toyota and more. They're becoming increasingly popular with commercial vehicles such as vans and cabs because of their efficiency and easy driving experience.

  • Easy driving experience
  • Save on Road Tax
  • Easy charging at more than 15,000 points, or from the comfort of home
  • Better for the environment
  • Save on fuel
  • Smooth, quiet ride
  • Free parking in many areas

Electric Vs Hybrid

What's the difference? Electric and hybrid vehicles are still relatively new to our roads, and there are still a few misconceptions about what the differences are between them. Here's a quick comparison:

Electric Vehicle

An electric car uses an electrical engine that needs to be 'charged' before being taken out on the road. The battery is the only source of power these cars need, but that's not to say they're lacking in performance! They do better than many of their petrol / diesel counterparts when it comes to BHP, mileage and tech features.

Hybrid Vehicle

A hybrid car is a great choice if you're not ready to go fully electric. It combines a battery with a petrol/diesel engine - the battery powers your shorter journeys, and the petrol/diesel kicks in for those longer-distance motorway drives. The car charges itself as you drive, so there's no need to use charging stations... just drive as you usually would, and save on fuel!

Elctric Vehicle

It drives like an automatic, so there are no gears to worry about - just put your foot on the pedal and go! Not only that, but it's much kinder to the environment as you're emitting 50% fewer greenhouse gasses when compared to traditional vehicles - and ZERO direct emissions.

Hybrid Vehicle

There's a choice of manual or automatic transmission, so that's up to you! But either way, you will definitely notice a much quieter and smoother ride, as the battery takes some of the load - meaning your gas engine doesn't need to work as hard. You'll also notice that your fuel consumption is dramatically reduced

Elctric Vehicle

Electric vehicles have a variety of benefits that could make your everyday life just that little bit easier! Not only are they better for the environment, they are quiet, low maintenance, cheaper to run and very responsive on the road. Sounds ideal!

Hybrid Vehicle

If hybrid vehicles have caught your eye, we aren't surprised! With incentives like lower Road Tax, not to mention the fact they're more economical, lightweight and they reduce carbon emissions! Regenerative braking means your vehicle charges itself as you drive. Perfect!

Electric Vehicle

Electric vehicles are ideal if you tend to drive shorter distances, have off road parking to charge your vehicle overnight and want to contribute to reducing your carbon emissions. With the ever-growing number of charging points popping up all over the country, you'll never find yourself short of zap!

Hybrid Vehicle

Because hybrids offer better mileage and have higher range, they're a great option if you tend to do a lot of motorway driving. The performance of a hybrid may not be the speediest but if you are looking to save some money, they are certainly more economical! People who don't have off road parking or easy access to charging points will find hybrids a dream!

Electric and Hybrid Cars - More Choice at The Taxi Centre

More and more manufacturers are extending their electric and hybrid car options, with new cars hitting the market all the time! The choice is growing rapidly, and already includes cars from the likes of Nissan, Kia, Hyundai, Toyota and more. They're becoming increasingly popular with commercial vehicles such as vans and cabs, because of their efficiency and easy driving experience.

Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Timeline

We've come a long way since the time of Robert Anderson's first crude electric vehicle in 1832 and the influential Ford Model T first developed in 1886. The work of these pioneers, however, lay the essential groundwork for the exciting, cutting-edge developments in electric and hybrid vehicles we see today.

We have created an informative timeline outlining the history of electric and hybrid vehicles spanning from 1832 to 2040 (when the sale of petrol and diesel cars, exempting Hybrids will be banned in the United Kingdom).

Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Timeline


Are electric cars more expensive?

Initially, electric vehicles (EVs) can be more expensive to buy, however, running and maintenance costs are significantly lower than that of a petrol or diesel car. In the UK, you could be eligible for a government grant of up to £3,000 (depending on the type of EV you want to buy) and there are savings on fuel costs, tax, congestion charges (where applicable), parking and car maintenance! It has also been revealed that drivers could save £41,000 by switching to an EV!

What brands of electric vehicles are available?

In line with government legislation, lots of manufacturers are getting in on the EV scene, including Nissan, Volkswagen and Hyundai, with many more makes and models in the pipeline.

How long does it take to charge an electric vehicle?

Like a lot of the aspects of EVs, this is very varied and can take anywhere between 15 minutes and 12 hours, depending on the size of the battery and the speed of the charging point you are plugged in to. Most EVs are chargeable at home and this can be done overnight, however you do need off-road parking to do this. As more funding is awarded to electric vehicle charging point projects across the UK, more technological developments are being made, such as wireless charging, to make charging more accessible and quicker for drivers.

How long does the battery last?

This, again, is dependent on several factors including type of battery, charging habits and environment, or more specifically temperature. Lithium-ion batteries, the most common battery used in EVs, can last up to 10 years!

How far can you go in an electric vehicle?

Range anxiety is definitely a thing and it is understandable that people would worry about how far they could go in an EV! Depending on the car, you could get anywhere between approximately 50 and 300 miles on a single charge, and it has been revealed that there are more electric vehicle charge points than petrol stations in the UK, so you never have to worry about range issues again.

Still an Electric Sceptic?

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