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 Electric Range

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    BMW i3 and i3s This all-electric compact hatchback is packed full in innovative technology that is designed to maximise your efficiency and your enjoyment. The BMW i3 has a brilliant driving range of 188 miles and the sporty i3s has an extra 14hp kick of power. It may be silent but it’s also slick, with driver and safety technologies that’ll be certain to impress. View Stock
    BMW i8 Coupé A sports hybrid that has won numerous accolades, the BMW i8 Coupé features the latest eDrive technology, a turbocharged three-cylinder engine, and intelligent energy management. All of which results in a revolutionary drive. View Stock
    BMW i8 ROADSTER The BMW i8 Roadster has an electric soft-top roof, lightweight carbon-fibre dihedral doors, and a dynamic, low profile which results in unprecedented aerodynamics. Futuristic design detailing, intelligent hybrid technology, and dynamic traction control result in performance and efficiency unlike anything you’ve seen before. View Stock
    Fully Electric MINI 3-door Hatch The iconic MINI is reinvented in the MINI Electric, our fully electric hatchback that has all the style and pizazz of the original, with an innovative new electric powertrain. Featuring a driving range of up to 145 miles, this super-fast charging electric motor will impress you in more ways than one. View Stock
    Plug-in Hybrid MINI Countryman The plug-in hybrid MINI Countryman is powered by technological innovations that maximise the combination of a lithium-ion electric battery and a highly efficient combustion engine to reach 62mph in just 6.8 seconds. With an electric-only driving range of 26 miles, it’s economical, it’s fun and it’s ready. View Stock

    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 stitching 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

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      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 188 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. View Stock
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      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.
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      Electric Vehicle FAQ

      What is a plug-in hybrid vehicle?

      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.

      Where can I charge my electric car?

      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.

      How much does it cost to run an electric car?

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

      What is regenerative braking?

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

      Are electric cars safe?

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      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.

      How often do hybrid batteries need replacing?

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

      What are alternative fuels?

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

      Do hybrid cars cost more to maintain?

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

      Can I charge my electric car at home?

      ​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.

      What is the best hybrid car?

      ​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.

      What is the best used hybrid car to buy?

      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.

      How do I charge my hybrid car?

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

      How does a hybrid car save energy?

      ​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.

      What is an electric car?

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

      How do I drive a hybrid car efficiently?

      ​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.

      How does an electric car work?

      ​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.

      Are electric cars worth it?

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

      Are electric vehicles cheaper to run than petrol?

      ​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.

      Are electric cars better for the environment?

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

      What electric cars are available?

      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?

      Should I buy an electric car?

      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.

      Are all-electric cars automatic?

      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.

      How far can an electric car go?

      ​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.

      How many miles can an electric car go?

      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.

      How long does it take to charge an electric car?

      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 Got a question or need help with an electric vehicle? If you're looking for your next vehicle, our teams across the country will be happy to assist to help meet and exceed your requirements. Click on the link below to get in contact with your local retailer.