Why Electric?

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 MINI Electric Range

Electric Level 1

The MINI Electric Level 1 boasts a high specification at entry level. With LED headlights, 8.8" touch display and multifunctional sport leather steering wheel.

Electric Level 2

Timeless design features, cool tech and practical touches make the Level 2 option exciting. Boasting ambient lights and a light package alongside multiple exterior colour options.

Electric Level 3

Level 3 shares features of both Level 1 and 2 with the additions such as Mini Yours Badges, Anthracite headliner and MINI Yours floor mats. Level 3 has premium design and styling details.

The BMW Electric Range


Introducing the new iX, the minimalistic yet intelligent all-electric Sports Activity Vehicle. With an impressive range and delivery on power, the iX offers a courageous, modern presence.

BMW i4

The first purely electric Gran Coupé will take driving pleasure to new limits thanks to a range of up to 363 miles (WLTP)*.

BMW i7

Introducing the first fully electric BMW i7 combines electric performance and multisensory entertainment to produce an unforgettable motoring experience.


The BMW iX1 hosts a range of new features to ensure every single journey is enjoyable, including a modern multimedia cockpit with BMW Curved Display, Driving Assistant Professional and a generous range of up to 272 miles* for optimum flexibility when travelling. *Figures are provisional


BMW is renowned for developing models that push the boundaries of quality and performance. With the arrival of the new BMW iX3, the German marque takes things one step further, incorporating its cutting-edge electric engine technology to its X-range of Sports Activity Vehicle.

BMW 330e

Streamlined, confident and powerful, the all-new BMW 330e adds a different dimension to the delightful 3 Series, offering drivers an exciting hybrid alternative. Designed to reduce emissions without compromising on power, this model is exciting, thrilling to drive and guaranteed to turn heads.

BMW 745e

The BMW 7 Series plug-in hybrid has undergone an exciting makeover with a greater all-electric driving range and style updates. This has warranted a name change, with the BMW 745e being one of the most thrilling hybrid vehicles on the market.

BMW 530e

The BMW 530e plug-in hybrid is designed to turn heads with its unique styling and distinctive profile. Reducing fuel output without compromising performance, the 530e is an innovative, forward-thinking creation from one of the world’s top marques.

BMW X5 45e

Dynamic, confident and powerful, this is a hybrid that delivers a standout performance time and time again while minimising fuel output. It’s got all the benefits of the X5 line but with efficient plug-in technology.

BMW X3 30e

One of BMW’s biggest electric achievements to date is the all-new X3 30e, a family-friendly, plug-in hybrid with an intelligent all-wheel X Drive system and distinctive styling. Smart, efficient and with premium style features, this is sure to brighten up your driveway and turn heads as you go.

The Benefits of Buying Electric

Here at Ocean, we know that the future of the motor industry is electric technology and, with so many benefits, it is easy to see why. Not only can our customers greatly improve their environmental footprint but heavily reduce or even eradicate their fuel emissions, while monetary gains are to be found from switching to electric power.

Significant reductions to running costs from using less or no fossil fuels are top of the list. Our range of electric vehicles include models that cost as little as 4p per mile to charge. Our hybrids also attract discounted road tax and many fully electric models are road tax exempt. Plus, they are excluded from congestion charges and drivers considering a fully electric company car could also receive a Benefit in Kind (BIK) tax rate of 0%.

Aside from all the economic benefits, our range of electric and hybrid BMWs and MINIs are a sheer driving pleasure. Innovative technology and cutting edge systems guarantee a drive like no other.

Key Benefits

  • Significantly reduced running costs
  • Potential road tax exemption
  • No congestion charges for fully electric cars
  • Personal tax incentives for company drivers
  • Reduced environmental impact
  • Thrilling performance
  • Types of Electric / Hybrid Vehicles Explained

    Fully Electric

    Our range of Fully Electric Vehicles (EVs) uses electric power alone to propel them and, because a fully electric powertrain will emit zero emissions, it is the most environmentally friendly mode of transport currently available. Powered by a high-quality battery, these electric motors use innovative technology to provide an incredible driving range of up to 380 miles in some models. Recharging the batteries is quick and easy via a home wallbox or public charge point. Iconic designs, incredible performance and groundbreaking technology. That’s what you can expect from Ocean’s fully electric range.

    Plug-in Hybrid

    The plug-in hybrid technology available from MINI and BMW combines power from a highly economical electric motor and the most efficient combustion engines currently available. Using electric power at low speeds and then seamlessly transitioning to fuel at higher speeds and on longer journeys, hybrids maximise the efficiency and performance of both powertrains. Charging of the electric battery is incredibly simple and, with an expanding network of public rapid chargers in supermarkets and service stations, your car could be fully charged by the time you’ve finished your shopping.

    Electric Vehicle FAQ

    Plug-in hybrid vehicles combine standard petrol or diesel engines with an electric powered motor. The electric battery that powers the motor needs to be charged at an external power supply.

    Charging an electric car is very easy. It can be done at home via a standard electrical outlet, via a specially installed charge point, or at a public charging station. The availability of public charge stations is increasing all the time with points available at most supermarkets and shopping centres. 

    ​Running costs for electric cars vary depending on the make and model, but it is estimated to be around 4p per mile.

    The process of regenerative braking harnesses naturally occurring power produced during braking and uses it to recharge the battery.

    Because electric cars do not use fuel and do not produce flammable gases, they are generally considered to be safer than petrol and diesel cars.

    ​The lifespan of a modern hybrid battery is at least 100,000 miles, but they often last for much longer. 

    Alternative fuels are non-fossil fuels, such as electricity. 

    The maintenance of a hybrid vehicle should cost no more than that of a standard combustion engine vehicle. 

    ​For most car owners, their car spends most of its time at their home so, of course, it is possible to charge your electric car at home. Speak to the team at Ocean about initiatives to support the installation of a specially designed home charge point. 

    ​Ocean is incredibly proud to offer our customers some of the best hybrid cars on the market. These include the characteristic MINI Countryman and the best hybrid sports car on the market, the BMW i8. Browse our cars online or visit one of our dealerships. 

    ​Your hybrid car can be charged quickly and easily by connecting to a compatible home charge point or public charging station.

    The availability of high quality used hybrids expands daily. They range from popular hatchbacks like the Toyota Prius to our exciting sports hybrid, the BMW i8.

    ​Hybrids save energy by using electric power on short journeys. This means they use fewer fossil fuels than standard combustion engines and produce fewer emissions.

    ​An electric car uses energy stored in rechargeable batteries to power electric motors to run the car. 

    ​Hybrid cars can be incredibly efficient, but you can extend that further by taking good care of your car. Checking the tyres regularly and removing any additional weight from the car will improve its efficiency. 

    ​An electric vehicle (EV) uses a large traction battery to power an electric motor. This battery must be plugged into an external power source to maintain its charge. 

    ​Electric cars can be very efficient. Depending on your electricity tariff, charging them can cost as little as £2 per 100 miles.

    Electric vehicles can be much cheaper to run than petrol equivalents but, as with any vehicle, this is affected by how well you care for your car. Better maintained cars achieve better performance which will therefore be more efficient. 

    Fully electric cars do not use fossil fuels and produce no CO2 emissions, so they are much better for the environment than standard cars. 

    Here at Ocean, our customers’ requirements are always at the forefront of our minds. So, we are thrilled to be able to offer a great selection of electric vehicles including the fully electric MINI 3-door Hatch, the plug-in hybrid MINI Countryman, the fully electric BMW i3, and the incredible BMW i8. We guarantee that you will be impressed, so why not book a test drive with us today? 

    The electric revolution is taking over UK roads and it’s easy to understand why. These cars are incredibly efficient, are packed full of innovative technology, have low running costs, low emissions, and are a joy to drive. 

    Electric cars tend to have automatic transmissions because they don’t require a clutch as a petrol or diesel vehicle does. Going forward, all new electric vehicles will be manufactured as automatics. 

    ​The driving range of an electric car depends upon 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. While the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid can achieve up to 34 miles. Fully electric cars like the MINI Hatch are capable of far more – up to 145 miles in fact. And the fully electric BMW i3 can achieve up to 188 miles before requiring a recharge.

    Most hybrid cars can travel between 30 and 50 miles using electric power alone. Fully electric cars vary much more depending on the make and model, but some can achieve as much as 300 miles before requiring a recharge. 

    Charging of an electric car is very simple but the length of the charge depends on the make and model. Plug-in hybrids often take around three hours at 120V and 1.5 hours at 240V. Fully electric cars can take much longer to charge, but it depends greatly on the outlet. We recommend you refer to the manufacturer’s guidance for accurate charging times.

    Other Electric Services

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