Hybrid & Electric Vehicles Frequently Asked Questions 

At Vantage Motor Group we are here to address any queries you have regarding Hybrid and Electric Vehicles ranging from how they work, what the key differences are and how they can be serviced. Please find below a number of FAQ's listed below. 

How long does it take to charge an electric car?

The time it takes to charge an electric car depends on the model itself, the percentage of the battery you’re looking to recharge, and the type of charging point you use. It can take anywhere from under an hour to eight hours to charge an electric vehicle.

Are electric car charging points free?

Many public charging points, such as those at supermarkets, are free to use. Rapid charging points found at motorway service stations usually require a small fee for charging.

What is the cheapest electric car?

The Kia e-Niro, is among the ten cheapest on the market.

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What is the best electric car?

The best electric car for you depends on your specific needs. The Kia e-Niro, for example, is a great option for families and those looking for flexibility and the practicality to suit an active lifestyle.

Which electric car has the longest range?

Choosing a plug-in hybrid such as the Toyota Prius Plug-in means you’ll benefit from an impressive range. Other options such as the Kia e-Niro are also one of the market leaders

What is the best hybrid SUV?

The best hybrid SUV for you depends on your individual requirements, but the Toyota RAV4 and C-HR hybrid models are a reliable choice, as are the Lexus UX, NX, RX and RXL models.

Are hybrid cars reliable?

Hybrid cars are generally considered reliable thanks to their quality construction and reduced number of mechanical components. The Toyota Prius is among the most reliable models according to the J.D. Power survey.

Are electric cars reliable?

Again, electric cars have fewer moving parts in the engine and, as such, are considered a reliable option. 

Are electric cars expensive to maintain?

On average, electric vehicles cost 23% less to run than petrol models over a three-year/60,000-mile period. This is due to lower operating costs and cheaper servicing.

Do electric cars need oil changes?

To find out whether the electric car you’re driving will need an oil change, contact your local Vantage Motor Group dealership today.

Are electric cars cheaper to insure?

Initially, electric vehicles are more expensive to insure due to a lack of data on servicing costs and similar. However, the price is now reducing as electric vehicles are becoming more popular.

What electric cars are on Motability?

Vantage Motor Group has a range of electric and hybrid cars available via the Motability Scheme.

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Do hybrids need to be charged?

Some hybrids – namely plug-in hybrids – need to be charged at home or public charging points. Others, however – commonly referred to as self-charging hybrids – use regenerative braking technology to charge the battery as you drive.

Are hybrid cars fast?

Hybrid cars typically have a lower top speed than conventional fuel cars,but often deliver keen acceleration due to the immediate power and torque provided by the electric motor.

What are the benefits of hybrid cars?

There are many benefits to hybrid cars, including lower running costs, cleaner energy and higher resale values. To discover the full advantages of choosing a hybrid model, contact Vantage Motor Group today.

What are the benefits of electric cars?

As with hybrid cars, electric vehicles offer cheaper running costs and a much reduced impact on the environment, as well as being affected less by depreciation. To find out more about the advantages of electric motoring, contact Vantage Motor Group today.

How long do hybrid batteries last?

Hybrid batteries are typically expected to last a minimum of 10 years or at least 150,000 miles. As such, many come with their own warranty that’s separate from the vehicle warranty. To learn more, contact us today.

Can electric cars be charged at home?

A car charger can be installed at your home, via a 13 amp power supply – the same as your television or vacuum cleaner. This enables you to charge the vehicle as it sits on your driveway or in your garage.