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.
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 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.
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.