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Electric and Hybrid Taxis at The Taxi Centre

Why Choose Electric or Hybrid Cars?

Not only is it far better for the environment to run an electric or hybrid car over a petrol or diesel-powered car, but the money saved on fuel is also a huge advantage. You’ll also save on road tax and there are even further tax savings to be made when your car is for business use.

In terms of the driving experience, electric cars have automatic transmissions, so there are no manual gears to worry about! They have a growing reputation for being a smooth, quiet ride that’ll get you and your passengers wherever you want to go in comfort and with ease.

Easy driving experience

Clean Air Zone compliance  

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

So, 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:

How does it work?

Electric Hybrid
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 or diesel counterparts when it comes to BHP, mileage and tech features. 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!

What does it feel like to drive?

Electric Hybrid
It drives like an automatic so there are no gears to worry about – just put your foot on the pedal and off you go! Not only that, but it’s much kinder to the environment as you’re emitting 50% fewer greenhouse gasses than traditional vehiclesand ZERO direct emissions. 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.

The lowdown

Electric Hybrid
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, but they are also quiet, low maintenance, cheaper to run and very responsive on the road. Sounds ideal! 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!

Is it right for me?

Electric Hybrid
An electric taxi is 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! Because hybrids offer better mileage and have a 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 fastest 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 – Your Choice at The Taxi Centre

More and more manufacturers are extending their electric and hybrid car options, with new cars coming to the market all the time. Currently, we stock Electric and Hybrid options from Toyota, Renault, Hyundai and Nissan. They’re becoming increasingly popular, because of their efficiency and easy driving experience, so if you haven’t spoken to us about your EV options, give us a call today! We’ll be more than happy to help.




Featured Electric and Hybrid Taxis
Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Timeline

We've come a long way since the time of Robert Anderson's first crude electric vehicle in 1832 and Walter C. Bersey’s first fleet of electric taxis in 1897. 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).


Government EV Grants

You may be eligible to receive a government grant of up to £3,500.



Electric Taxi News

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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, up to £4,500 (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! Home charging can cost around £5 based on a 40kWH battery, some councils offer free charging, but some motorway charge points can cost significantly more.
Replacement batteries aren’t often needed and the price is falling all the time.

What brands of electric vehicles are available?

In line with Government legislation, lots of manufacturers are getting in on the EV scene, including a range of suitable vehicles from Toyota, Hyundai, Nissan and Renault. Many more makes and models are in the pipeline. To see our range of electric vehicles, click here.

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 into. Most full EVs are capable of charging from both AC and DC power supplies. Most EVs are chargeable at home and this can be done overnight, however you do need off-road parking to do this at the moment.

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. The most common battery used in EVs, could last up to 10 years so that’s a good run of low-cost worry-free motoring!

How far can you go in an electric vehicle?

Range anxiety is definitely a thing and it’s understandable people would worry about how far they could go in an EV! The possible range is dependent on the car, but some electric vehicles are now capable of 300 miles on a single charge, and with more and more charging points popping up all over the UK, there is less and less chance of getting stranded!

What are the servicing costs?

As electric cars have very few moving parts there isn’t much that needs to be serviced. EVs do not have oil, air filter, clutch, timing belt, exhaust pipe, injectors, fuel tanks or AdBlue. But, they do still have air conditioning and power steering and a battery which should be checked at set mileages or dates. As the parts and labour cost are lower, the servicing costs are generally lower. As EVs are new technology, dealer servicing would be recommended, as there are not many mechanics outside of the dealer network who are familiar with EVs.

What are the different types of chargers?

There are 3 main types of charger. Type 2 is the style that you’ll have installed at your home or place of work. Luckily, most new EVs have a Type 2 charger. This is designed for AC charging and most will be rated at 3-11kW.
Less common types include the CHAdeMO charger (for the majority, this is used in Japan and in the EU) and the CCS DC charger. The CCS has high outputs - from 50kW to 350kW.
Why The Taxi Centre?

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