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Electric cars are the future, let us tell you more!

You may have noticed an increase in buzz surrounding electric vehicles and at SERE we want to give you all the information you need to be able to start your journey into electric cars. Not only do electric vehicles have a huge impact on reducing local air pollution but also run on 100% renewable energy. 

Let’s take a look at why an electric vehicle could be the right choice for you. 

What is an electric car? 

An electric car is just the same as a conventional car but instead of using fuel such as petrol or diesel, an electric vehicle is powered by one or multiple electric motors connected to a powerful battery pack. 

There are a few different types of electric vehicles including:

All-Electric – this is a fully electric vehicle otherwise known as an EV or BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle). These vehicles use a “Plug-in” method to recharge their battery. This means that the battery is charged through a cable that can be plugged in to a mains electric supply. Some EVs have self-charge technology built in converting what would be lost energy to partially recharge the battery, thus increasing range. 

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle - Alternatively you can also get a Plug-in Hybrid Elective Vehicle, otherwise known as a PHEV. This is a combination of a battery powered and a fuel powered engine. These cars will usually use the full electric charge before switching to fuel improving efficiency & reducing running costs.

Will an electric car cost more? 

The initial purchase cost of an electric car is considered to be higher than that of a conventional but as electric vehicles become more mainstream this cost will continue to decrease. Discounts are available for example, the government provides an electric car grant of up to £2,500 off eligible electric vehicles. SERE will automatically apply this discount to the cost of your new car. 

Not only this, but electric vehicles are also extremely cost effective to run with electric power costs being a lot more economical than fuel costs giving you a considerable reduction on running costs. Plus a fully electric vehicle will have zero tailpipe emissions meaning that there will be no charge for Road Tax, plus repair costs for parts such as brake discs and pads on an electric vehicle are greatly reduced. 

How do I charge an electric vehicle? 

When you purchase your new electric vehicle, a charging cable will be provided for you to plug into the car charging socket and then into a standard three-pin socket in your home. Alternatively, you can get a convenient fast charge, home charging point installed at your home. SERE are here to help and will be happy to demonstrate how this is done. 

Many local authorities are expanding their public charging facilities. You can see a current list of public charging ports here -   and these numbers will continue to rise in the coming years.

What vehicles are available? 

At SERE we provide an amazing range of electric and hybrid vehicles from our award-winning brands. 

Pioneering in electric technology, the established Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV provides quality and reliability as well as plenty of room. 

MG now offer a range of electric vehicles including the UK’s first fully electric estate the MG5, the MG ZS EV and the newly released MG HS PHEV. MG are also currently offering an extra £750 off new EV purchases. 

SEAT have also just launched the stunning SEAT Leon Hybrid which has been named “Best Small Plug-in Hybrid Car” at the 2021 Driving Electric Awards. 

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