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Benefits of Electric Vehicles

Are you considering your first electric or hybrid car? You’ve come to the right place. Here at Richmond, we are specialists when it comes to emission-free driving and we’re here to help you make sense of the shift into Electric & Hybrid models, as surveying the options can initially appear to be a minefield. We will provide you with all of the information you need to help you reduce your carbon footprint.

Which Electric Vehicle Is Right For You?

Mild Hybrid (MHEV)

The MHEV engine is a relatively new technology that makes use of a smaller electric motor to assist the conventional combustion engine in order to help features like the Stop / Start function be more efficient.

Hybrid (HEV)

A more commonplace choice amongst motorists is the HEV option, which is similar to the MHEV however, it contributes to moving the vehicle forwards rather than just assisting with isolated features within the vehicle.

Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV)

As the name suggests, the PHEV’s electric battery is charged by connecting to a charge point which adds additional range on top of the combustion engine.

All Electric (EV)

An EV emits zero-emissions and is the greener out of the four options running entirely on electricity. It is the only option that runs on a pure electric motor only, which is plugged in to a charge point or a traditional three-pin socket.

Government Grants

The Office for Zero-Emission Vehicles (OZEV) was set up to help support the transition to zero-emission electric vehicles. It is offering a selection of grants to supplement the cost of owning an electric vehicle, the main grant being £2,500 to support the purchase of specific hybrid and electric vehicles. You can also get money towards the cost of installing a charging station at your home or place of work.