A recent Which survey revealed that electric vehicle drivers are the happiest. So why is that? Well, there are lots of benefits to choosing an electric vehicle. They’re great for both the health and environment of Scotland due to reduced emissions, meaning less pollution and cleaner air. You can save on fuel costs and vehicle tax too. And with electric vehicle loans and grant support for charging facilities available in Scotland, it’s getting easier every day to go electric.
Electric vehicles are more efficient to run, which helps save against the initial up front cost. Electric vehicles offer savings including:
As well as the cost savings, there’s an extensive local charging network across the length and breadth of Scotland, with over 1,600 publicly available charge points.
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An electric vehicle is one powered, in full or in part, by a battery that plugs directly into mains electricity. As more people choose electric vehicles, the variety of models available from major manufacturers is increasing all the time, including hybrid vehicles. Hybrids are important in helping people who might not be fully ready to invest in a pure electric vehicle, but will also be phased out by 2030 and aren’t currently covered as part of the Low Carbon Transport Loan. Find out more below about the different options available:
Also known as a ‘pure’ electric vehicle, these cars are powered solely by a battery charged from mains electricity and have a range of 100 to 300 miles per charge. They can be driven by holders of automatic licences too, as they have no gearbox.
These cars have a battery plus internal combustion engine (ICE). Once the electric range of up to 50 miles is used, the PHEV reverts to hybrid power, meaning there are no limits in terms of the range.
Similar to plug-in hybrids, E-REV’s have a battery, electric drive motor and a petrol or diesel generator. The internal combustion engine acts as generator when the battery is depleted, meaning the range can be extended up to 300 miles.
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