Why Electric? | Devon & Cornwall | Ocean Motor Group
Why Go Electric? If you're thinking about making a change on your driveway for the first time in about 10 years, you now have more options than you would've had last time you were car shopping.

The Benefits

Electric technology is well known for being greener than standard petrol or diesel engines, but there are many more benefits that you can gain from switching to an electric-powered vehicle. Probably the most important benefit is the cost savings associated with running such a car. For example, the MINI Electric costs as little as 4p per mile to charge, which is a huge saving when compared to traditional fuel. Fully electric models are also exempt from road tax and congestion charges. Hybrids benefit from heavily reduced road tax.

Customers considering a fully electric company car will also receive a Benefit in Kind (BIK) tax rate of 0% from April 2020.

There are financial and environmental benefits to owning an electric vehicle, but MINI electric technology also enhances the performance and enjoyment of the range.

  • Heavily reduced fuel costs
  • Little or no road tax
  • No congestion charges for fully electric
  • Tax incentives
  • Improved carbon footprint
  • Superb performance

TYPES OF ELECTRIC/HYBRID VEHICLES EXPLAINED

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    Fully Electric Fully Electric Vehicles (EVs) like the 3-door MINI hatch are powered by electric technology alone. The fully electric powertrain emits zero emissions and the battery is recharged quickly and easily via a home wallbox or public charge point for a smooth, economical and thrifty drive. They are the ultimate in driving sophistication. With the iconic MINI design, urban driving doesn’t get better.
    Plug-in Hybrid A plug-in hybrid uses both an electric motor and a traditional combustion engine, seamlessly switching between the two to maximise the efficiency and performance of both powertrains. The MINI Countryman Plug-in Hybrid provides up to 26 miles of pure electric driving which is ideal for short journeys and commutes. It will then switch to the fuel engine for motorway and long journeys. Hybrids are the perfect combination of sustainability and thrill. Quite simply, the drive of a lifetime.

    Electric MINI FAQs

    What is a plug-in hybrid vehicle?

    A plug-in hybrid vehicle uses a combination of standard petrol or diesel and electric power. The electric battery needs to be recharged by being plugged into an electrical source.

    Where can I charge my electric car?

    You can charge your electric car at home via a standard electrical outlet, via a specially installed charge point or at a public fast-charging station.

    How much does it cost to run an electric car?

    It is estimated that running an electric car costs around 4p per mile, which is considerably cheaper than conventional fuel.

    What is regenerative braking?

    Regenerative braking is a method of extracting the naturally occurring energy produced in the braking process, enabling it to be stored and reused.

    Are electric cars safe?

    Electric cars are generally thought to be safer because they do not use flammable fuel and do not produce flammable gases.

    How often do hybrid batteries need replacing?

    The batteries in modern hybrid vehicles are designed to last for at least 100,000 miles but often last far longer.

    What are alternative fuels?

    An alternative fuel specifically related to hybrid and electric vehicles is electricity.

    Do hybrid cars cost more to maintain?

    There should be no additional cost for maintaining a hybrid vehicle.

    Can I charge my electric car at home?

    It is possible to charge your electric car at home. Specially designed and installed charge points offer fast charging. Speak to the team at Ocean about initiatives to support installation.

    What is the best hybrid car?

    Here at Ocean, we have some of the best hybrids currently available, including the MINI Countryman. Why not book a test drive and see for yourself?

    What is the best used hybrid car to buy?

    There’s a variety of excellent quality used hybrids to choose from, including the stylish MINI Countryman.

    How do I charge my hybrid car?

    Charging a hybrid car is quick and simple. Just connect the car to a compatible power source or charge station.

    How does a hybrid car save energy?

    Hybrids achieve significantly better fuel efficiency than standard combustion engines and therefore save energy and reduce emissions.

    What is an electric car?

    An electric car is powered by one or more electric motors that use energy stored in rechargeable batteries.

    How do I drive a hybrid car efficiently?

    You can maximise your mileage and efficiency by taking good care of your car. Simple things include checking the tyres regularly and removing any additional weight from the car.

    How does an electric car work?

    Fully electric vehicles (EVs) have an electric motor instead of a combustion engine. They use a large traction battery to power the electric motor. This must be plugged into a charging station or wall outlet to charge.

    Are electric cars worth it?

    Depending on your electricity tariff, it can cost as little as £2 for 100 miles’ worth of charge, making an electric car extremely efficient.

    Are electric vehicles cheaper to run than petrol?

    This depends on how well you care for your car and how efficiently you drive it. As with all cars, the greater care you take, the better performance you will achieve.

    Are electric cars better for the environment?

    Because electric cars use less or no fuel at all, they produce fewer CO2 emissions than standard cars and are therefore much better for the environment.

    What electric cars are available?

    Here at Ocean, we are pleased to offer the fully electric MINI 3-door Hatch and the plug-in hybrid MINI Countryman. You can find more information online or contact us to book a test drive.

    Should I buy an electric car?

    Electric cars are seeing a huge rise in popularity because they are efficient and economical in terms of fuel, emissions and running costs.

    Are all-electric cars automatic?

    Nearly all electric cars are automatic because they don’t require a clutch. This is because electric cars can’t stall like a petrol or diesel vehicle.

    How far can an electric car go?

    The range of an electric car very much depends on the make and model. The MINI Countryman plug-in hybrid can drive up to 26 miles using electric power alone, before switching to petrol power. Our fully electric MINI Hatch is capable of up to 145 miles before requiring a recharge.

    How many miles can an electric car go?

    Depending on the make and model of the car, it is possible to travel up to 50 miles using electric power alone in a hybrid, and up to 300 miles in a fully electric car.

    How long does it take to charge an electric car?

    The charge time for an electric car depends upon the battery size and the outlet. Plug-in hybrids have smaller batteries which often recharge in about three hours at 120V, and 1.5 hours at 240V. Fully electric cars can take much longer to charge unless using a fast-charge point.

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